# Thread: Solving Linear Systems by Elimination

1. ## Solving Linear Systems by Elimination

Edit: Sorry, just noticed it's in the wrong Categorie.

Hello, I did all this last year, but didn't memorize it Now when I look back, I dont know what to do ... I would be greatful If anyone could answer the following questions. Seeing the solution might help me understand the other questions.

1. Solve the following linear systems of equations using substitution.
1. y = 3x + 5
y = 2x + 4
2. 2x + y = 7
4x - y = 23

2. Solve the following linear systems using elimination. Check your solutions.
1. 3x - 2y = 18
x + y = 16
2. 5x + 2y = 10
3x - 4y = -46

3. A barnyard has cows and chickens. There are 34 heads and 86 legs. If w represents the number of cows and k represents the number of chickens:
1. Write a linear system of equations to model this situation.
2. Solve the linear system to find the number of cows and the number of chickens in the barnyard.
3. Verify your solution by providing a graphical solution. You can use a spreadsheet or Geometer's Sketchpad.

Sincerely,

Serialkisser

Originally Posted by Serialkisser
Edit: Sorry, just noticed it's in the wrong Categorie.

Hello, I did all this last year, but didn't memorize it Now when I look back, I dont know what to do ... I would be greatful If anyone could answer the following questions. Seeing the solution might help me understand the other questions.

1. Solve the following linear systems of equations using substitution.
1. y = 3x + 5
y = 2x + 4
Put the value of y from first equation to second

3x + 5 = 2x + 4

x = -1

y = 2

solve next question in the same way.

3. Originally Posted by Serialkisser
Edit: Sorry, just noticed it's in the wrong Categorie.

Hello, I did all this last year, but didn't memorize it Now when I look back, I dont know what to do ... I would be greatful If anyone could answer the following questions. Seeing the solution might help me understand the other questions.

1. Solve the following linear systems using elimination. Check your solutions.
1. 3x - 2y = 18
( x + y = 16 ) . 2
Multiply second equation by 2 and add to first equation,

3x - 2y = 18
2x + 2y = 32
---------------------------
5x = 50
---------------------------
x = 10
so, y = 6

do next Ques in the same way.

4. Originally Posted by Serialkisser
Edit: Sorry, just noticed it's in the wrong Categorie.

Hello, I did all this last year, but didn't memorize it Now when I look back, I dont know what to do ... I would be greatful If anyone could answer the following questions. Seeing the solution might help me understand the other questions.

1. A barnyard has cows and chickens. There are 34 heads and 86 legs. If w represents the number of cows and k represents the number of chickens:
1. Write a linear system of equations to model this situation.
2. Solve the linear system to find the number of cows and the number of chickens in the barnyard.
3. Verify your solution by providing a graphical solution. You can use a spreadsheet or Geometer's Sketchpad.

Sincerely,

Serialkisser

w + k = 34 .....................(1)

since there are 86 legs,

4w + 2k = 86 ..................(2)

Now, solve these two equations by any of the method.

See the attached graph for graphical solution (9, 25)

5. How do I solve the word problem ?

6. Originally Posted by Shyam
Put the value of y from first equation to second

3x + 5 = 2x + 4

x = -1

y = 2

solve next question in the same way.
Hmmm I tried, but got a different solution for Y

3x+5 = 2x+4

3x-2x = 4-5

-1x = 1

7. Originally Posted by Serialkisser
Hmmm I tried, but got a different solution for Y

3x+5 = 2x+4

3x-2x = 4-5

-1x = 1
so, you got

x = -1

Now, put this value of x in first equation

y= 3x + 5

y = 3(-1) +5

y = -3 + 5
y= 2

Now, you got it ???

8. I see, but the second part ( y=2x+4) wasn't used ... why ?

U also wrote :

Multiply second equation by 2 and add to first equation,

3x - 2y = 18
2x + 2y = 32
---------------------------
5x = 50
---------------------------
x = 10
so, y = 6
How do you know by what to multiply ?

Sorry for all that, I take online Classes :-)

9. Originally Posted by Serialkisser
Edit: Sorry, just noticed it's in the wrong Categorie.

Hello, I did all this last year, but didn't memorize it Now when I look back, I dont know what to do ... I would be greatful If anyone could answer the following questions. Seeing the solution might help me understand the other questions.

1. Solve the following linear systems of equations using substitution.
1. 2x + y = 7
4x - y = 23
from first EQN,

y = 7 - 2x

Put this value of y in second EQN,

4x - (7 - 2x) = 23

4x - 7 +2x = 23

6x = 23 + 7

x = 30/6 = 5

so, y = 7 - 2x = 7 - 2(5) = -3

10. Originally Posted by Serialkisser
I see, but the second part ( y=2x+4) wasn't used ... why ?

U also wrote :

How do you know by what to multiply ?

Sorry for all that, I take online Classes :-)
I multiplied second eqn by 2 to make the coefficients of y equal in both eqns.

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11. Originally Posted by Serialkisser
Edit: Sorry, just noticed it's in the wrong Categorie.

1. Solve the following linear systems using elimination. Check your solutions.
1. 5x + 2y = 10
3x - 4y = -46
Now, you see, in first eqn, coefficient of y is +2
and in second eqn, coefficient of y is -4
so, if you multiply first eqn by 2, the coefficient of y will be +4, and it will get cancelled by -4 of second eqn, if we add these two eqns.

so,

10x + 4y = 20
3x - 4y = -46
---------------------
13x = -26 <--------------- by adding the two eqns, (+4y and -4y get cancelled)
---------------------

x = -26/13 = -2

For calculating y, put this value of x = -2 in any of the eqn,

5(-2) + 2y = 10

-10 + 2y = 10

2y = 10 + 10

y = 20/2 = 10

Did you get it now???

Now, can you solve the Question #3, (cows and chickens) the two eqns provided by me, by elimination method??? The graph already show you the answer.

12. Now I understand everything, thanks for your help.