Work Step by Step
In order to solve this algebraic expression, we must isolate the variable. A variable is the letter in the problem (for instance, in the equation x+2=10, x is the variable). Because addition and subtraction are inverse operations (they cancel each other out), we know we must add when a number is being subtracted from the variable and subtract when a number is being added to the variable. In the equation z-5.3=8.9 (which is the same as -5.3+z=8.9), we must get rid of the 5.3, which is on the same side as z, in order to solve. Thus, we add 5.3 on both sides of the equation to find that z=14.2. We plug 14.2 in for z and confirm that our answer is, indeed, correct.