# simultaneous equation word problems

• Feb 17th 2010, 04:47 PM
simultaneous equation word problems
Hello Haveing problems with understanding word problems.
A person has incurred 3 debts which total \$ 308
The first debt plus 9 times the 2nd debt plus the 3rd debt is \$ 1124.
Then 2 times the first debt plus the sum of the other two debts is \$ 414.

Determine each of the 3 debts??
Having trouble setting this up.
If you can explain fully would help so I can understand it.
I am in college and never liked word problems.
Thanks
• Feb 17th 2010, 05:16 PM
skeeter
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Hello Haveing problems with understanding word problems.
A person has incurred 3 debts which total \$ 308

x + y + z = 308

The first debt plus 9 times the 2nd debt plus the 3rd debt is \$ 1124.

x + 9y + z = 1124

Then 2 times the first debt plus the sum of the other two debts is \$ 414.

2x + y + z = 414

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• Feb 17th 2010, 05:22 PM
Dotdash13
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Hello Haveing problems with understanding word problems.
A person has incurred 3 debts which total \$ 308
The first debt plus 9 times the 2nd debt plus the 3rd debt is \$ 1124.
Then 2 times the first debt plus the sum of the other two debts is \$ 414.

Determine each of the 3 debts??
Having trouble setting this up.
If you can explain fully would help so I can understand it.
I am in college and never liked word problems.
Thanks

If you have the 1st debt as $x$, and the 2nd debt as $y$, and the 3rd debt as $z$, then you set up a system of equations:
$x+y+z=308$
$x+9y+z=1124$
and $2x+y+z=414$
then chose a variable, I like $x$, and solve a variable in terms of it and the other one:
$y=308-x-z$
Then substitute:
$2x+y+z=414$
$2x+308-x-z+z=414$
$x+308=414$
$x=106$
Then begin solving for the other variables using the fact that $x=106$. You can do that right?
• Feb 17th 2010, 05:42 PM
Hello
Hi There,
How do you solve for a single variable if you have 2.
I get x=106, but how do you subsititute it when you still have Z and Y in an equation. How do you get to 1 variable??
• Feb 17th 2010, 06:00 PM
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Hi There,
How do you solve for a single variable if you have 2.
I get x=106, but how do you subsititute it when you still have Z and Y in an equation. How do you get to 1 variable??

Ok well I came up with -100, 106 and 308 which totals 308.
But can I have a -100????
• Feb 17th 2010, 07:56 PM
Wilmer