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    Solve for y:

    2x - 5y = -1

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    2x - 5y = -1
    Adding 5y to both sides of the equation gives:
    2x - 5y + 5y = 5y - 1
    Now -5y + 5y on the left hand side of the equation is equal to zero therefore the equation becomes:
    2x = 5y - ...

    Solution Summary

    This shows how to solve for y in a linear equation.