# Thread: simultaneous equation word problems

1. ## 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 $414. Determine each of the 3 debts?? Having trouble setting this up. If you can explain fully would help so I can understand it. I am in college and never liked word problems. Thanks 2. Originally Posted by bradycat Hello Haveing problems with understanding word problems. A person has incurred 3 debts which total$ 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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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?

4. ## 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??

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????

6. "Work smart, not hard", Brady.