Solve for a 5=|3a-13|

Rewrite the equation as .
Remove the absolute value term. This creates a on the right side of the equation because .
The complete solution is the result of both the positive and negative portions of the solution.
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First, use the positive value of the to find the first solution.
Move all terms not containing to the right side of the equation.
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Add to both sides of the equation.
Add and .
Divide each term in by and simplify.
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Divide each term in by .
Simplify the left side.
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Cancel the common factor of .
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Cancel the common factor.
Divide by .
Simplify the right side.
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Divide by .
Next, use the negative value of the to find the second solution.
Move all terms not containing to the right side of the equation.
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Add to both sides of the equation.
Add and .
Divide each term in by and simplify.
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Divide each term in by .
Simplify the left side.
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Cancel the common factor of .
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Cancel the common factor.
Divide by .
The complete solution is the result of both the positive and negative portions of the solution.
The result can be shown in multiple forms.
Exact Form:
Decimal Form:
Mixed Number Form: