1. ## Simultaneous equations

My son has come home with some simultaneous equations, can anyone solve the following?

Simultaneous Equations

Q1.. 2x + y = -1

Q2.. x + 2y = 4

please show working out, will be easier for me to understand, and follow. if possible use a word file.

Thanks

2. Originally Posted by duckegg911
My son has come home with some simultaneous equations, can anyone solve the following?

Simultaneous Equations

Q1.. 2x + y = -1

Q2.. x + 2y = 4

please show working out, will be easier for me to understand, and follow. if possible use a word file.

Thanks
System of Equations can work via substitution or elimination. Elimination is the cleanest way:

$2x + y = -1$
$x + 2y = 4$

Multiple the 2nd equation by -2 and then add the equations together.

$2x + y = -1$
$-2(x + 2y = 4)$
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$2x - 2x + y - 4y = -1 - 8$

$-3y = -9$

$y=3$

Plug the value of y back into either of the equations. The first one looks easiest.

$2x+3=-1$

$2x=-4$

$x=-2$

We have now solved for the system of equations by elimination.