A selection of free mathematics resources (calculators, exercises, games, quizzes, course reminders) that help you learn to solve equations algebraically.

## Equations : Reminder

An equation is an equality that involves one or more variables, solving an equation in a set is to find the value or values of the variables in that set that verify the equation, these are the solutions of the equation. The variables are often referred to as the unknown, when the equation has only one unknown, it is often referred to as x.

When we have to solve several equations, with several variables, we speak of a system of equations.

There are methods and formulas for solving certain types of equations such as first degree equations (linear equation), second degree equations (quadratic equation), or product equations.

1. ### Solve an equation with one unknown of the first degree

2. Solving an equation with one unknown x in R, it is to determine the set of real numbers x verifying the said equation. This set is called the set of solutions of the equation.

1. When we add or subtract the same real to both members of an equation, we obtain a new equation which has the same solutions as the previous one.
2. When we multiply or divide the two members of an equation by a non-zero real, we obtain a new equation that has the same solutions as the previous one.
Using these rules, it is easy to show that equations of the form ax+b=0, if a is non-zero, admit a unique solution which is x=-b/a.
3. ### Solving a product equation

4. A product of two factors is zero if and only if one of the factors is zero.

1. Saying that a.b = 0 is equivalent to saying that a is zero or that b is zero.
2. Think of using the special expansions to get back to a product of factors and a classic case of solving an equation.

5. ### Solve a second degree equation using the discriminant

6. We call the discriminant of the trinomial a*x^2+b*x+c, with a not zero, the real Delta=b^2-4*a*c.

• When Delta<0 the equation has no root
• When Delta=0 the equation has a root -b/2a
• When Delta>0 the equation has two distinct roots (-b-sqrt(Delta))/(2a) and (-b+sqrt(Delta))/(2a)

## Equations : games and quizzes

• Quiz solving equations with one unknown (equations): This quiz on equations allows to practice solving different types of equations with one unknown.
• Quiz solving first degree equations (equations): This quiz on first degree equations allows to practice solving simple equations with one unknown.
• Quiz solving equations of the second degree (equations): This quiz on the equations of the second degree allows to practice the methods of resolution based on the use of the discriminant.