



 
Hi Kevin, I would first ask the student "Can you solve $13  3x = 7x?$" Hopefully the student will add $3x$ to each side to get $13 = 3x + 7x = 10x$ and then divide both sides by 10 to find that $x = 1.3.$ Now try the same technique on $13  3x = \sqrt{5} x.$ Write back if you need more assistance,  


Math Central is supported by the University of Regina and The Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences. 