So now we know how to handle brackets when multiplied. Let's look at how they can be involved with division. For example: (x  1) ÷ 2 = 8 Firstly, let's use that 2 by multiplying by it on boths sides: (x  1) = 8 × 2 Notice the brackets aren't needed now, so: x  1 = 16 ... x = 17 Another way of writing the same problem is with the x  1 as the top part of a fraction, with 2 underneath:
