# 2.6 Solve a formula for a specific variable  (Page 2/4)

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Aurelia is driving from Miami to Orlando at a rate of 65 miles per hour. The distance is 235 miles. To the nearest tenth of an hour, how long will the trip take?

Kareem wants to ride his bike from St. Louis to Champaign, Illinois. The distance is 180 miles. If he rides at a steady rate of 16 miles per hour, how many hours will the trip take?

11.25 hours

Javier is driving to Bangor, 240 miles away. If he needs to be in Bangor in 4 hours, at what rate does he need to drive?

Alejandra is driving to Cincinnati, 450 miles away. If she wants to be there in 6 hours, at what rate does she need to drive?

75 mph

Aisha took the train from Spokane to Seattle. The distance is 280 miles and the trip took 3.5 hours. What was the speed of the train?

Philip got a ride with a friend from Denver to Las Vegas, a distance of 750 miles. If the trip took 10 hours, how fast was the friend driving?

75 mph

Solve a Formula for a Specific Variable

In the following exercises, use the formula $d=rt$ .

Solve for $t$
when $d=350$ and $r=70$
in general

Solve for $t$
when $d=240\phantom{\rule{0.2em}{0ex}}\text{and}\phantom{\rule{0.2em}{0ex}}r=60$
in general

$t=4$ $t=\frac{d}{r}$

Solve for $t$
when $d=510\phantom{\rule{0.2em}{0ex}}\text{and}\phantom{\rule{0.2em}{0ex}}r=60$
in general

Solve for $t$
when $d=175\phantom{\rule{0.2em}{0ex}}\text{and}\phantom{\rule{0.2em}{0ex}}r=50$
in general

$t=3.5$ $t=\frac{d}{r}$

Solve for $r$
when $d=204\phantom{\rule{0.2em}{0ex}}\text{and}\phantom{\rule{0.2em}{0ex}}t=3$
in general

Solve for $r$
when $d=420\phantom{\rule{0.2em}{0ex}}\text{and}\phantom{\rule{0.2em}{0ex}}t=6$
in general

$r=70$ $r=\frac{d}{t}$

Solve for $r$
when $d=160\phantom{\rule{0.2em}{0ex}}\text{and}\phantom{\rule{0.2em}{0ex}}t=2.5$
in general

Solve for $r$
when $d=180\phantom{\rule{0.2em}{0ex}}\text{and}\phantom{\rule{0.2em}{0ex}}t=4.5$
in general

$r=40$ $r=\frac{d}{t}$

In the following exercises, use the formula $A=\frac{1}{2}bh$ .

Solve for $b$
when $A=126\phantom{\rule{0.2em}{0ex}}\text{and}\phantom{\rule{0.2em}{0ex}}h=18$
in general

Solve for $h$
when $A=176\phantom{\rule{0.2em}{0ex}}\text{and}\phantom{\rule{0.2em}{0ex}}b=22$
in general

$h=16$ $h=\frac{2A}{b}$

Solve for $h$
when $A=375\phantom{\rule{0.2em}{0ex}}\text{and}\phantom{\rule{0.2em}{0ex}}b=25$
in general

Solve for $b$
when $A=65\phantom{\rule{0.2em}{0ex}}\text{and}\phantom{\rule{0.2em}{0ex}}h=13$
in general

$b=10$ $b=\frac{2A}{h}$

In the following exercises, use the formula I = Prt .

Solve for the principal, P for
$I=\text{}5,480,r=4%,$
$t=7\phantom{\rule{0.2em}{0ex}}\text{years}\phantom{\rule{0.2em}{0ex}}$
in general

Solve for the principal, P for
$I=\text{}3,950,r=6%,$
$t=5\phantom{\rule{0.2em}{0ex}}\text{years}\phantom{\rule{0.2em}{0ex}}$
in general

$P=\text{}13,166.67$ $P=\frac{I}{rt}$

Solve for the time, t for
$I=\text{}2,376,P=\text{}9,000,$
$r=4.4%$
in general

Solve for the time, t for
$I=\text{}624,P=\text{}6,000,$
$r=5.2%$
in general

$t=2$ years $t=\frac{I}{\mathrm{Pr}}$

In the following exercises, solve.

Solve the formula $2x+3y=12$ for y
when $x=3$
in general

Solve the formula $5x+2y=10$ for y
when $x=4$
in general

$y=-5$ $y=\frac{10-5x}{2}$

Solve the formula $3x-y=7$ for y
when $x=-2$
in general

Solve the formula $4x+y=5$ for y
when $x=-3$
in general

$y=17$ $y=5-4x$

Solve $a+b=90$ for $b$ .

Solve $a+b=90$ for $a$ .

$a=90-b$

Solve $180=a+b+c$ for $a$ .

Solve $180=a+b+c$ for $c$ .

$c=180-a-b$

Solve the formula $8x+y=15$ for y.

Solve the formula $9x+y=13$ for y.

$y=13-9x$

Solve the formula $-4x+y=-6$ for y.

Solve the formula $-5x+y=-1$ for y.

$y=-1+5x$

Solve the formula $4x+3y=7$ for y .

Solve the formula $3x+2y=11$ for y .

$y=\frac{11-3x}{4}$

Solve the formula $x-y=-4$ for y .

Solve the formula $x-y=-3$ for y .

$y=3+x$

Solve the formula $P=2L+2W$ for $L$ .

Solve the formula $P=2L+2W$ for $W$ .

$W=\frac{P-2L}{2}$

Solve the formula $C=\pi d$ for $d$ .

Solve the formula $C=\pi d$ for $\pi$ .

$\pi =\frac{C}{d}$

Solve the formula $V=LWH$ for $L$ .

Solve the formula $V=LWH$ for $H$ .

$H=\frac{V}{LW}$

## Everyday math

Converting temperature While on a tour in Greece, Tatyana saw that the temperature was 40 o Celsius. Solve for F in the formula $C=\frac{5}{9}\left(F-32\right)$ to find the Fahrenheit temperature.

Converting temperature Yon was visiting the United States and he saw that the temperature in Seattle one day was 50 o Fahrenheit. Solve for C in the formula $F=\frac{9}{5}C+32$ to find the Celsius temperature.

10°C

## Writing exercises

Solve the equation $2x+3y=6$ for $y$
when $x=-3$
in general
Which solution is easier for you, or ? Why?

Solve the equation $5x-2y=10$ for $x$
when $y=10$
in general
Which solution is easier for you, or ? Why?

## Self check

After completing the exercises, use this checklist to evaluate your mastery of the objectives of this section.

What does this checklist tell you about your mastery of this section? What steps will you take to improve?

a=# of 10's. b=# of 20's; a+b=54; 10a + 20b=$910; a=54 -b; 10(54-b) + 20b=$910; 540-10b+20b=$910; 540+10b=$910; 10b=910-540; 10b=370; b=37; so there are 37 20's and since a+b=54, a+37=54; a=54-37=17; a=17, so 17 10's. So lets check. $740+$170=$910. David Reply . A cashier has 54 bills, all of which are$10 or $20 bills. The total value of the money is$910. How many of each type of bill does the cashier have?
whats the coefficient of 17x
the solution says it 14 but how i thought it would be 17 im i right or wrong is the exercise wrong
Dwayne
17
Melissa
wow the exercise told me 17x solution is 14x lmao
Dwayne
thank you
Dwayne
A private jet can fly 1,210 miles against a 25 mph headwind in the same amount of time it can fly 1,694 miles with a 25 mph tailwind. Find the speed of the jet
Washing his dad’s car alone, eight-year-old Levi takes 2.5 hours. If his dad helps him, then it takes 1 hour. How long does it take the Levi’s dad to wash the car by himself?
Ethan and Leo start riding their bikes at the opposite ends of a 65-mile bike path. After Ethan has ridden 1.5 hours and Leo has ridden 2 hours, they meet on the path. Ethan’s speed is 6 miles per hour faster than Leo’s speed. Find the speed of the two bikers.
Nathan walked on an asphalt pathway for 12 miles. He walked the 12 miles back to his car on a gravel road through the forest. On the asphalt he walked 2 miles per hour faster than on the gravel. The walk on the gravel took one hour longer than the walk on the asphalt. How fast did he walk on the gravel?
Mckenzie
Nancy took a 3 hour drive. She went 50 miles before she got caught in a storm. Then she drove 68 miles at 9 mph less than she had driven when the weather was good. What was her speed driving in the storm?
Mr Hernaez runs his car at a regular speed of 50 kph and Mr Ranola at 36 kph. They started at the same place at 5:30 am and took opposite directions. At what time were they 129 km apart?
90 minutes
Melody wants to sell bags of mixed candy at her lemonade stand. She will mix chocolate pieces that cost $4.89 per bag with peanut butter pieces that cost$3.79 per bag to get a total of twenty-five bags of mixed candy. Melody wants the bags of mixed candy to cost her $4.23 a bag to make. How many bags of chocolate pieces and how many bags of peanut butter pieces should she use? Jake Reply enrique borrowed$23,500 to buy a car he pays his uncle 2% interest on the $4,500 he borrowed from him and he pays the bank 11.5% interest on the rest. what average interest rate does he pay on the total$23,500
13.5
Pervaiz
Amber wants to put tiles on the backsplash of her kitchen counters. She will need 36 square feet of tiles. She will use basic tiles that cost $8 per square foot and decorator tiles that cost$20 per square foot. How many square feet of each tile should she use so that the overall cost of the backsplash will be \$10 per square foot?
The equation P=28+2.54w models the relation between the amount of Randy’s monthly water bill payment, P, in dollars, and the number of units of water, w, used. Find the payment for a month when Randy used 15 units of water.
Bridget
help me understand graphs
what kind of graphs?
bruce
function f(x) to find each value
Marlene
I am in algebra 1. Can anyone give me any ideas to help me learn this stuff. Teacher and tutor not helping much.
Marlene
Given f(x)=2x+2, find f(2) so you replace the x with the 2, f(2)=2(2)+2, which is f(2)=6
Melissa
if they say find f(5) then the answer would be f(5)=12
Melissa
I need you to help me Melissa. Wish I can show you my homework
Marlene
How is f(1) =0 I am really confused
Marlene
what's the formula given? f(x)=?
Melissa
It shows a graph that I wish I could send photo of to you on here
Marlene
Which problem specifically?
Melissa
which problem?
Melissa
I don't know any to be honest. But whatever you can help me with for I can practice will help
Marlene
I got it. sorry, was out and about. I'll look at it now.
Melissa
Thank you. I appreciate it because my teacher assumes I know this. My teacher before him never went over this and several other things.
Marlene
I just responded.
Melissa
Thank you
Marlene
-65r to the 4th power-50r cubed-15r squared+8r+23 ÷ 5r
Rich
write in this form a/b answer should be in the simplest form 5%
convert to decimal 9/11
August
0.81818
Rich
5/100 = .05 but Rich is right that 9/11 = .81818
Melissa
Equation in the form of a pending point y+2=1/6(×-4)
write in simplest form 3 4/2
August