# Thread: Simultaneous non-linear equations.

1. ## Simultaneous non-linear equations.

{5xy(x² + y²) = -160
{x² + 5xy +y² = -12
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2. ## Re: No idea

What do you have to do? Solve the system? ...

Yes

4. ## Re: No idea

The first thing I noticed is that you recognize two equal parts in both equations, the $\displaystyle 5xy$ part and $\displaystyle x^2+y^2$

So you can 'simplify' the system by saying, let $\displaystyle x^2+y^2=a$ and $\displaystyle 5xy=b$ therefore you get the two simultaneous equations:
$\displaystyle b\cdot a=-160$ (1)
$\displaystyle a+b=-12$ (2)

Solve this system and afterwards do the back-substitution.

5. ## Re: No idea

Thank you very much

6. ## Re: No idea

You're welcome!

I'll give you a part of the solution,
Solving the system by reforming (1) to $\displaystyle b$ and substituting this in (2):
$\displaystyle a-\frac{160}{a}=-12$
$\displaystyle \Leftrightarrow a^2-160=-12a$
$\displaystyle \Leftrightarrow a^2+12a-160=0$
Two solutions: $\displaystyle a=8$ or $\displaystyle a=-20$
But we have to reject $\displaystyle a=-20$ because $\displaystyle a=x^2+y^2$ is always >0.
If $\displaystyle a=8$ then $\displaystyle b=-20$

So now you can do the back-substitution and solve it.