# Thread: Help with Basic Simultaneous Equation? THANK YOU!

1. ## Help with Basic Simultaneous Equation? THANK YOU!

Question:

Solve the following simultaneous equations.

8x-2y=6
2x-y=1

I know how to solve it by substitution but i can't seem to solve it using the elimination method.
I tried using elimination but I kept getting a fraction for my answer (which is wrong.)

Can anybody show me how to solve this using the elimination method?

Thank you very much!!! I would really appreciate the help!

2. ## Re: Help with Basic Simultaneous Equation? THANK YOU!

its okay. i've uncovered my dumb mistake ;S

3. ## Re: Help with Basic Simultaneous Equation? THANK YOU!

Originally Posted by pumbaa213
its okay. i've uncovered my dumb mistake ;S
Mistakes aren't dumb. (Well, okay, there are a few...) In any event mistakes merely indicate part of the learning process. Don't demean yourself!

-Dan

4. ## Re: Help with Basic Simultaneous Equation? THANK YOU!

There are two ways to this by elimination:
1) multiply the second equation by 2 so that both have "2y" and subtract from the first, eliminating y.

2) multiply the second equation by 4 so that both have "8x" and subtract from the first, eliminating x.

5. ## Re: Help with Basic Simultaneous Equation? THANK YOU!

whoopsies for the late replies but thank you to the both of you Thanks for taking the time to help! And yes Dan, I'll keep that in mind!