First combine like terms on each side of the equation.Then solve for y by collecting all the y-terms on the left.Then solve for y by collecting all the y-terms on the right.Which approach is better? A)-3+10y+6=15+12y-18

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To follow the instructions:

-3+6 +10y = 15 - 18 +12y


Now collect the 'y' terms on the left:

10y - 12y = -3 - 3

-2y = -6



By collecting the y terms on the right hand side, the result will be the same but it may appear easier because you will not have to worry about negative symbols which can sometimes confuse the answer.

The like terms on each side have been collected and so we can proceed from that point:


Now move the y terms to the right thus:

3+3 = 12y -10y


`6/2 =y`


`therefore y=3`

therefore y=3 and it seems easier to collect the y yerms on the right  to avoid confusion with negative symbols.

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