Yes, you are "free" to choose z to be anything you want, then you can calculate x and y from that. Note that being a "free variable"is not an "intrisic property" but depends on how the equations are written. Agebraically, x= y+ z, z= y is exactly the same but now the "free variable" is y. Of course, those systems could be written as x= 2z, y= z or x= 2y, z= y, making the "free variable" more evident.

That's a bad example- you haveand heres an example i made up

x=-2y+z

y=z

5x= w

what are the free variables? z and w?? why?threeequations to determine thetwovariables x and y. Also, in order to talk about "free variables" all of your equations should just have "x= " or "y= ", etc., not "5x= ". Writing that last equation as x= w/5, we could have x= -2z+ z= -z, y= z and then, once x has been determined, w= 5x= -5z. The only "free variable" is z.

No. Write x= and y= with as few variables as possible on the right side, cancelling all you can.would this be a good stragety to follow

say u have x=y+z

y=z like in the first example....

cross out all the variables which have an x and a y, since they are definined.. and the reamining none crossed out terms are the free variables ?

thanks guys and galsThenthe variables left on the right are "free variables".