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    Solve the equation

    y-2x=3
    x^2+y^2=18

    Following Mr Fantastic's previous advice I did

    -9=4x^2-y^2

    Sub into the second equation
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9=4x^2+x^2

    \pm\sqrt{\frac{9}{5}}=x
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    Did it again and got a different answer

    y^2=9+2x^2
    -y^2=x^2-18

    Add them together to eliminate y

    0=3x^2-9
    9=3x^2
    \pm\sqrt{3}=x
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mukilab View Post
    y-2x=3
    x^2+y^2=18

    Following Mr Fantastic's previous advice I did

    -9=4x^2-y^2
    No (y-2x)^2 \neq y^2-4x^2

    y=2x+3

    y^2=(2x+3)^2

    Expand and substitute into the 2nd equation to get a quadratic with x as unknown
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    y=4x^2+12x+9

    Substituted
    0=5x^2+12x-9
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    Yes
    Now you need to solve 0=5x^2+12x-9
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    yes but I get a horrendous equation along the lines of

    \frac{-12\pm\sqrt{324}}{10}

    This is a no calculator paper.

    Maybe I should just use that?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mukilab View Post
    yes but I get a horrendous equation along the lines of

    \frac{-12\pm\sqrt{324}}{10}

    This is a no calculator paper.

    Maybe I should just use that?
    Are you kidding us? SQRT(324) = 18
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