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## Homework Statement

Use Cramer's rule to solve the linear system.

## Homework Equations

(only showing one, I think if one is explained I will figure out the rest)

2x - y = -2

x + 2y = 14

What I'm told I'm supposed to do, is to take the constants accompanying the variables and make a matrix out of them (2, -1, 1, 2)

Then find the determinant. To find the determinant, multiply diagonally down from the top left, and subtract that from the product of multiplying diagonally up from the bottom left. If I'm doing this right, I get 4 - (-1) which would give me 5. I found the determinant, and I have no idea what to do from there.

## The Attempt at a Solution

What I think I'm supposed to do going off a rough memory, is take a matrix from the equaled values (-2 and 14) and put them on the right of the matrix, then use the Xs on the left. Find the determinant of that, and divide it by 5 (the determinant of the first one.) Of course, I really have no idea.

So if I do what I think I'm supposed to do (which I'm quite sure is the wrong thing) I get 28 - (-2) and get 30. 30 divided by 5 is 6. I think 6 is y.

So if y is 6, then 2x - 6 = -2, so 2x = 4. x = 2. So x is 2, x + 2y is 2 + 2(6) which is actually 14.

So maybe I got it right, but I'd like a bit of confirmation.

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