Introduction To Calculus

What are Linear Equations in One Variable?


8 January 2021

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“Algebra is a general method of computation by certain signs and symbols which have been contrived for the purpose and found convenient”

Algebra is a branch of mathematics in which letters or alphabets and other general symbols are used to represent numbers and quantities in different formulae and equations.

Algebra makes it easy to establish mathematical relationships. Algebra deals with variables, constants and arithmetic operations.

Also read:

What is Algebraic Equation?

An algebraic expression is an expression that is made up of constants, variables and algebraic operations. An algebraic equation is a statement which states that two algebraic expressions are equal. Download the PDF below to understand the properties of the Linear Equation and its types.
Example: \(3x+1=7, 4x+1=x+4\)

📥 What is a Linear Equation?


What is a Linear Equation?

A Linear Equation is an equation for a straight line. A linear equation is an algebraic equation where each term has an exponent one.

The linear equation can broadly classify into two types. They are:

  1. Linear Equation in One Variable

The equation involving only one variable in the first order is called a Linear Equation in one variable.

Example: \(2x+1=3x+5, 9x+2=18\)

The standard form of Linear Equation is Ax+By=C; where x and y are the variables, C is Constant and A and B are the coefficient of x and y respectively.

  1. Linear Equation in Two Variables

The equation involving two variables and their degree is 1 is called a Linear Equation in two variables.

Example:  \(2x+3y=5 , 3a+7b=80\) 

The solution of a Linear Equation

A solution of a linear equation is the assignment of the values of variable x1, x2, ..., so that each of the equations is satisfied, which means the Left Hand Side (LHS) is equal to the Right Hand Side (RHS).

The solution of the linear equation is infinite. The set is a collection of well defined and distinct objects. The collection of possible solutions is called a solution set.

Example Problems

1. The sum of two numbers is 84. If one number is six times another number, find the numbers.

Answer: Let the first number be “\(x\)”.

Let the second number be 6x

The equation is \(x+6x=84\)


The first number is \(x=12\)

The second number is \(6x=6*12=72\)

The numbers are 12 and 72

2. A total Rs. 51,000 is distributed to the students as prize money for the competition. The cash contains Rs. 100 notes and Rs. 500 notes in the ratio 2:3. Find the total number of Rs. 100 notes and Rs. 500 notes

Answer: Let the common ratio of the number of notes be “x”

Number of Rs. 100 notes = \(2x\)

Number of Rs. 500 notes = \(3x\)

Total Amount = \(2x*100+3x*500\)
        \( 51, 000 = 200x+1500x\)
        \( 51, 000 =1700x\)
                 \( x=30\)

Therefore, the Number of Rs. 100 notes are \(2x=2*30=60\)

Number of Rs. 500 notes are \(3x=3*30=90\)

Rs.100 notes=60 and Rs. 500 notes=90

3. Find \(x\): \(3(x-5) +2(x-2) =4+7(x-4)\) 

Answer:  \(3(x-5) +2(x-2) =4+7(x-4)\)
                   \(3x-15 + 2x -4 = 4 + 7x – 28\)
                                  \( 5x-7x=-24+19\)
                                        \( -2x=-5\)


4. If \(1.7y + 2.3y= 2\), then \(y\) is __________________
(A) \(1/4\)  
(B)  \(1/2\)
(C) 8
(D) 6

Answer: \(1.7y + 2.3y= 2\)
                              \(y = 1/2\)

\(y = 1/2\)

5. Three chairs and four tables cost Rs. 2800. If the price of each chair is Rs. 600, what is the price of each table (in Rs)?
(A) 250
(B) 350
(C) 100
(D) 150

Answer: Let the chair be denoted as “c”

Let the table be denoted as “t”

\(3c+4t = 2800\)

\(3*600+4t = 2800\)

\(1800 + 4t = 2800\)



The price of each table is (A) Rs. 250

6. If seven times a number is added to one-fifth of itself, then five-sixth of the sum is equal to 30. Find the number.

(a) 5
(b) 6
(c) 15
(d) 10

Answer: Let the number be “\(x\)

Linear Equation = \(5/6(7x+1/5x) =30\)
                                   \(5/6*36x/5 = 30\)
                                       \(180x/30= 30\)


Learning Outcomes

  • Finding the values of variables for which LHS and RHS becomes equal, means LHS=RHS
  • Understanding how the equation has to be solved step by step
  • How to frame equations by carefully observing and understanding the words.


I hope the blog has helped the students to understand the linear equations of single variables and the steps to solve them.

The example problems will help in a better understanding of the topic in the practical environment. Solving linear equations becomes easy when you approach the equation step by step and apply the appropriate operations.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is linear equation formula?

The Linear equation formula is Ax+By=C; where, x and y are the variables,
A and B are coefficient of x and y respectively,
C is constant.

What are the steps to solve linear equations?

Step 1: The main objective to find the solution of the variable. So, simplify each side separately by applying the operations  (Add/Subtract/Multiply/Divide)
Step 2: Transfer all the knowns to one side and unknowns to another side.
Step 3: Find the value of the unknown

What is linear and non-linear equation?

Linear equation is the equation of a straight line, whereas Non-linear equation is an equation of a curve.

-Written by Anusha Makam D R, Cuemath Teacher

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