Hint: Try getting y = f(x,z), z = g(x,y) and then substitute both to get a function of h(x) = 0. (Example x = 20/z).
The problem is as follows:
Sometimes we may need to solve a system of equations that isn't linear, but wants to be. With this in mind, solve the following system of nonlinear equations for x, y, and z.
xz + yz + xy = -1
xz - yz + 2xy = 5
xz - 2yz + 2xy = 7
I put the equations into matrices and got so far as xz = 20, -yz = -5, -xy = -16. But now I don't know where to go... any help would be much appreciated!
Note that if you use the first equation to get xz = -1 - yz - xy
plug it into eqn 2 and 3.
to get (2) -1 - yz - xy - yx + 2xy = 5 or (2) -2yz + xy = 6
and again for (3) -1 -yz - xy - 2yz + 2xy = 7 or (3) -3yz + xy = 8
use yz=p and xy=q to solve the linear system
solving it you get p = -2, q = 2, or yz = -2 and xy = 2.
Plugging this information into any 3 of your original equations gives you xz = -1
so you got to solve 3 equations
(1)xz = -1
(3)xy = 2
taking the first one plug into (2) to get
so or the solution to which is
now working backwords we get x = +1 or -1, z = +1 or -1.
Now since xz = -1, set x = -1, z = 1 or x = 1 and z = -1
and since yz = -2, since z = 1, y = -2 or z = -1 and z = 2
so the solution set is (x,y,z) where x=+1 or -1, y = +2 or -2 and z = +1 or -1 with the only restriction that the sign of x,z are reverse (e.g if x = 1, then z = -1) and the sign of y and z are reverse (e.g if z = -1, then y = 2)
The solution set is (x,y,z) =