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    If this = 0 then that = ?

    Hello.

    I'll get right to the point:

    IF (2a-b-3)^2+(3a+b-7)^2=0 THEN 3a-7b=?

    The solution is -1, but I need to know how they got that so I can tackle problems like this in the future by myself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ikislav View Post
    Hello.

    I'll get right to the point:

    IF (2a-b-3)^2+(3a+b-7)^2=0 THEN 3a-7b=?

    The solution is -1, but I need to know how they got that so I can tackle problems like this in the future by myself.
    note that (anything)^2 \ge 0

    so ... the only way that equation will equal zero is if

    2a - b - 3 = 0 and 3a + b - 7 = 0

    ... take it from here?
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    Take (2a-b-3)^2 from both sides, square root both sides and then isolate 3a-7b to one side.
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    2a-b-3=0

    -b=-2a+3

    b=2a-3


    3a+b-7=0

    3a+2a-3-7=0

    a=\frac{10}{5}

    a=2


    2a-b-3=0

    4-b-3=0

    -b=-4+3

    -b=-1

    b=1


    a=2

    b=1


    3a-7b=?

    3*2-7*1=?

    6-7=-1

    3a-7b=-1

    Yes, that is the correct answer. Is that the right path for solving this after the hint you gave me?
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    solving the system using substitution is fine ... elimination would also work

    2a-b-3 = 0

    3a+b-7 = 0
    ------------------
    5a - 10 = 0

    a = 2 , and so on
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    Quote Originally Posted by pickslides View Post
    Take (2a-b-3)^2 from both sides, square root both sides and then isolate 3a-7b to one side.
    Can you show me this method please? I'm very interrested.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ikislav View Post
    Can you show me this method please? I'm very interrested.
    You do not need to that.
    Look carefully at replies #2 & #5. Follow those.
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    Yes, I already solved it, but I am stil interested in method mentioned by mr. pickslides.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pickslides View Post
    Take (2a-b-3)^2 from both sides, square root both sides and then isolate 3a-7b to one side.
    \displaystyle (2a - b - 3)^2 + (3a + b - 7)^2 = 0

    \displaystyle (3a + b - 7)^2 = -(2a - b - 3)^2
    And you can't take the square root. (Pesky little negative sign!)

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