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4x - 2y = 6

3x + y = 17

and this one

7a - 3b = 17

2a + b = 16

please please help me

thanks

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4x - 2y = 6

3x + y = 17

and this one

7a - 3b = 17

2a + b = 16

please please help me

thanks

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3x + y = 17"

Take one of those equations, isolate one of the variables, then plug it into the other equation. That will figure out one variable, and with that one variable, you can plug into either original formulas to get the other variable.

Example, change the 2nd to y=17-3x. Plug that y into 4x-2y=6.. that should be 4x-2(17-3x)=6..and follow the rest of my instructions.

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multiply one of the equations (sometimes it isn't necessary)

7a - 3b = 17

if you multiply this equation by 3, you will have "3b" in both equations.

now you can subtract or add the equations together to eliminate one of the variables

7a - 3b = 17

+(6a + 3b = 48)

so, 13a = 65

you can take it from here. once you figure out one variable, you can figure out the other with simple algebra

Alex

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