Hi aquaoasis14, thanks for the question. At the 2:00 minute mark in the video, I multiply by 4 since 4 is the lowest common denominator of the fractions in the equation. Doing this gets rid of the fractions since, as a matter of personal opinion, they're annoying! It would be possible to solve the equation just fine while keeping the fractions, if you prefer. The last term in the equation has 1/2 multiplied by 1/2 (making 1/4), keep in mind, so that's why I needed to multiply by 4 instead of 2.

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why did you multiply it by 4?

Hi aquaoasis14, thanks for the question. At the 2:00 minute mark in the video, I multiply by 4 since 4 is the lowest common denominator of the fractions in the equation. Doing this gets rid of the fractions since, as a matter of personal opinion, they're annoying! It would be possible to solve the equation just fine while keeping the fractions, if you prefer. The last term in the equation has 1/2 multiplied by 1/2 (making 1/4), keep in mind, so that's why I needed to multiply by 4 instead of 2.

Hope that helps,

Mr. Dychko