# Is it possible to solve equations?

Is it possible to get Open Office to solve an equation, for example 2x-54=66*2? So it would give an answer in the form of x = ?.

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 Revision history for this message Tony Pursell (ajpursell) said on 2009-08-31: #1

Hi Mike,

The normal way to solve this equation is to rearrange it thus

x = ((66*2)+54)/2

Calc would then solve that. But so would a calculator. Do you have something more complex in mind?

Tony

 Revision history for this message Mike Hunt (v1ct0rpwns) said on 2009-08-31: #2

Well you're not doing an equation there but just a regular... Math. Thing. I want to be able to put a real equation (like I posted) and get the answer, like I can do here: http://www.algebrahelp.com/calculators/equation/

The reason I want to use Open Office is because I need to be able to do this while offline.

 Revision history for this message Tom (tom6) said on 2009-08-31: #3

HI :)

I think the simple answer is that OpenOffice doesn't have the functionality included as standard. Have you looked into latex? Also have you tried looking in Synaptic Package Manager. I often find extra functionality easy to add in through a search in there.
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/SynapticHowto

So far i have found a lot of stuff that i can't really tell what it does
axiom, calcoo, galculator, jacal (most likely looking one so far), mathomatic, pari-gp (also quite a plausible one), sagemath & xmaxima (looking good)
It looks as though there is a ton of other stuff made to feed into programming or specialist stuff although there was a lot for matrices, polynomials and stuff like that. Perhaps worth installing a few and seeing which does what you want?

Good luck and regards from
Tom :)

 Revision history for this message jtniehof (jtniehof) said on 2009-08-31: #4

No, OpenOffice cannot do algebra. There is a component which can find solutions to a subset of equations:
http://wiki.services.openoffice.org/wiki/Documentation/OOo3_User_Guides/Calc_Guide/Solver
but that usually requires some rearranging of the problem and may be no easier than simply doing the algebra.

 Revision history for this message Mike Hunt (v1ct0rpwns) said on 2009-08-31: #5

Allright, I'm gonna look for another solution then.