27x+37y+47z=212

37x+47y+27z=212

47x+27y+37z=242

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- Jan 8th 2006, 04:08 AM #1

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- Jan 8th 2006, 04:46 AM #2

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- Jan 8th 2006, 08:20 AM #3

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You do use a number of methods to solve this. You could use matrices, substitution, or add/subtract the equations together to cancel out variables. Are you familiar with these methods?

I think substitution would be the easiest. For one equation, solve for x in terms of the other two variables. So now you can have an equation of two variables. Then solve for one of the other variables and you should have an equation down to only one.

- Jan 8th 2006, 09:08 AM #4

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You can solve for $\displaystyle z$ easily. Add all your equations to get $\displaystyle 111x+111y+111z=666$ thus, $\displaystyle x+y+z=6$. Now the first equation is equal to the second one thus

$\displaystyle 27x+37y+47z=37x+47y+27z$ which becomes

$\displaystyle x+y-2z=0$ Now subtract these two equation and you get $\displaystyle z=2$ once you know $\displaystyle z$ you can easily solve for $\displaystyle x,y$.

Q.E.D.