# How to get == to help solving equations

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Henrik Kristiansen on 15 Oct 2020
Answered: Steven Lord on 16 Oct 2020
Hello.
I cant get my matlab to stop putting out logical when i use the == command before trying to solve.
syms y
x = 5*y == 20
solve(x,y)
I can see that it makes sense that matlab says that 5*y is not equal to 20
but my study buddies can use the solve command after on x for the variable y to solve equations in matlab.

madhan ravi on 15 Oct 2020
Edited: madhan ravi on 15 Oct 2020
You should have the Symbolic Math Toolbox and the license for it to perform the above operation. In order to replicate your message , experimented with the below code:
>> y = 1
y =
1
>> syms y
x = 5*y == 20
solve(x,y)
x =
5*y == 20
ans =
4
>>
So probably it has to do with you not having the toolbox/license.
Henrik Kristiansen on 16 Oct 2020
ive fixed it by uninstalling all toolbox's and reinstalling them again.
Thanks for the help tho :)

Steven Lord on 16 Oct 2020
My guess would be that you had redefined y between the syms call and when you tried to use it as a symbolic variable.
syms y
f = 5*y == 20 % symbolic equation
syms z
z = 2; % z is no longer symbolic
g = 5*z == 20 % logical false as 10 is not equal to 20

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