How do you determine whether a pair of numbers is a solution for an equation? If you could identify the specifics steps I need to take to determine whether it is a solution or not would be appreciated! Thanks i.e. x4=0 Pairs of numbers as possible solutions (4,7) (3,4) (0,4). Hi, For a pair of numbers like (4,7) the first number (here 4) is the xvalue and the second number (here 7) is the yvalue. To check to see if the pair of numbers is a solution to the equation you should deal with the two sides of the equation separately. They are usually called the left side and the right side. Here is an example. Suppose that the equation is y + 1 = x + y  2 and the possible solutions are (4,7), (3,4) and (0,3). Try the possible solutions one at a time. Since y = 7 the left side is y + 1 = 7 + 1 = 8. right side Since x = 4 and y = 7 the left side is x + y + 2 = 4 + 7  2 = 9. Since the values of the left and right side are not equal, (4,7) is not a solution. Since y = 4 the left side is y + 1 = 4 + 1 = 5. right side Since x = 3 and y = 4 the left side is x + y + 2 = 3 + 4  2 = 5. Since the values of the left and right side are equal, (3,4) is a solution. Since y = 0 the left side is y + 1 = 0 + 1 = 1. right side Since x = 3 and y = 0 the left side is x + y  2 = 3 + 0  2 = 1. Since the values of the left and right side are equal, (0,4) is a solution. Your equation x  4 = 0 is particularly nice because the right side is always 0. Check the possible solutions (4,7), (3,4) and (0,4) one at a time. Since x = 4 the left side is x  4 = 4  4 = 0. right side The left side is 0. Since the values of the left and right side are equal, (4,7) is a solution. Penny
