- If necessary, put both sides of the equation in standard form.
- Subtract one side completely, moving it to the other side, so that one side of the equation is zero (0).
- Factor the other side of the equation.
- Split the equation up into several equations (with ‘or’ between them), one equation for each factor, each factor set equal to zero.
- Solve these equations; throw out any which have no solution.
- If any solutions are repeated, count them only once.
- List all possible solutions with ‘or’ between them (or list the solutions in a solution set if you prefer).

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