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    solutions to system of equations

    find all solutions to the following equations. How do I do this???

    x1+2x+x3+x4=7
    x1+2x2+2x3-x4=12
    2x1+4x2+6x4=4
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    You have 4 unknowns and 3 equations which means your solution will not be unique. Are you aware of this?
    Last edited by pickslides; March 16th 2011 at 06:27 PM.
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    wait...so how do I solve it?
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    It can't be solved for a unique solution, before we go any further, take a look at this equation inparticular

    Quote Originally Posted by Taurus3 View Post

    x1+2x+x3+x4=7
    Is it

    \displaystyle x_1+2x_2+x_3+x_4=7

    or

    \displaystyle x_1+x_2+x_3+x_4=7

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    The real question is, how have you learned to solve problems like these? There are a number of ways of solving such equations, ranging from fairly basic (eliminate variables by subtracting) to very sophisticated (row reduce the augmented matrix). Without more information, we cannot possibly know what woul be appropriate for you.
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