Answers

2014-08-01T22:12:52+08:00
First, multiply the first equation by 2.

That turns the first equation into:

6x - 2y = 18

That way it can easily be added to the second equation:

6x - 2y = 16
x  + 2y = 5
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7x = 21
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As you can see, the y disappeared, which was the objective of this operation.

Now the equations can be solved easily:

7x = 21
x = 3

Insert x=3 in the original equation:

3*3 - y = 8
9 - y = 8
9 = 8 + y
y = 1

So the result is:

x = 3
y = 1

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