Solve the system of equations by the addition method:

4x-3y=-28

3x+2y=-4

I know the answer is 4,-4, however, how do I figure out what number comes first when completing the answer, is it (4,-4) or (-4,4). Thanks.

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- Apr 21st 2011, 06:42 AMnasirnoor1Solving system of equations by addition
Solve the system of equations by the addition method:

4x-3y=-28

3x+2y=-4

I know the answer is 4,-4, however, how do I figure out what number comes first when completing the answer, is it (4,-4) or (-4,4). Thanks. - Apr 21st 2011, 06:49 AMQuacky
The '$\displaystyle x$' value comes before the $\displaystyle y$ value usually - just think of coordinates.

- Apr 21st 2011, 12:25 PMpoirot
Is x the input and y the output or vice versa?

- Apr 21st 2011, 01:37 PMnasirnoor1
- Apr 24th 2011, 10:19 AMnaikn05
4x-3y=-28

3x+2y=-4

Multiply the top by 3 and the bottom by -4

So we now get,

3(4x-3y=-28) and

-4(3x+2y=-4)

So we now have

12x - 9y = -84

-12x -8y = 16

Now if we add the 2 equations together you'll notice that the x's cancel.

So -17y = -68

Now solve for y

y = -4

Since we now know that y = -4, Plug it into either of the original given equations, I'm going to plug it into the first one for you.

4x-3y=-28 where y = -4

So we now have 4x - 3(-4) = -28

Solve for x and you'll get x = -4

So if x = -4 and y = 4

We can write it as (-4, 4)

Hope that helps boss. (: