# Solving Equations

Solving an equation can be confusing - but never fear! We're here to help.

Let's say you have an equation like this:

$3x+10 = 16$

First thing we should notice is this equation mostly just has numbers, but we do have a value $x$ in there. This $x$ just represents another number, and our task is to figure out what it is.

So

solving

this equation means making it look like this:

$x =$

where we can easily tell what number $x$ represents. It's like a magic trick, but we have the tools to make it happen 🥳.

We need to get $x$ by itself on the left side of the equals sign. To start, what could we put in the blank below to get rid of that 10?

$3x+10$
$= 16$