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Question from Marty, a parent:

Using the balance method, what is the answer to 1/6k=-11, trying to find what k equals. Thanks

Hi Marty,

I am not sure if your equation is $\frac16 \times k = -11$ or $\frac{1}{6k} = -11.$ In either case multiply both sides of the equation by the denominator of the fraction on the left side. This will result in an equation with a numerical coefficient times $k$ on one side and a constant on the other side. Multiply both sides by 1 over the numerical coefficient.

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