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    solve equation in 3 variables

    please help me with this..

    Solve for the set of equations :

     x+y+z=12 \\ xy+yz+zx=44 \\ xyz=48



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    Re: solve equation in 3 variables

    Merry Christmas! ^^

    xyz=48\Rightarrow x\neq 0, y\neq 0, z\neq 0, knowing this we can multiply/ divide by x, y or z.

    Starting from the first relation, we have:

    x+y+z=12\Rightarrow x(x+y+z)=12x\Rightarrow x^2+xy+xz=12x\Rightarrow
    \Rightarrow x^2+xy+xz-(xy+yz+zx)=12x-44\Rightarrow x^2-yz=12x-44

    We know that xyz=48, so that, yz which is kind of a problem for us, can be written as \frac{48}{x}:

    x^2-\frac{48}{x}=12x-44 \Rightarrow x^3-48=12x^2-44x\Rightarrow x^3-12x^2+44x-48=0

    For x=2: 2^3-12\cdot 2^2+44\cdot 2-48=8-48+88-48=0. That means that we write our equation this way:

    x^3-12x^2+44x-48=x^3-2x^2-10x^2+20x+24x-48=

    =x^2(x-2)-10x(x-2)+24(x-2)=(x-2)(x^2-10x+24)=0


    So we know that: (x-2)(x-4)(x-6)=0. x can then be 2, 4 or 6.
    We can (and actually should) do the same thing for y and z, so y and z can also be 2, 4 or 6.

    (x, y, z) \in \left \{ (2, 4, 6); (2, 6, 4); (4, 2, 6); (4, 6, 2), (6, 2, 4); (6, 4, 2) \right \}
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    Re: solve equation in 3 variables

    Hello, earthboy!

    \text{Solve: }\;\begin{Bmatrix}x+y+z\;=\;12 \\ xy+yz+zx\;=\;44 \\ xyz\;=\;48 \end{Bmatrix}

    \text{We note that }x,y,z\text{ are the roots of the equation:}
    . . . u^3 - 12u^2 + 44u - 48 \:=\:0

    \text{Factor: }\:(u-2)(u-4)(u-6) \:=\:0


    \text{Therefore: }\:\{x,y,z\} \:=\:\{2,4,6\}\text{ in some order.}
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