How do you solve the system #-x-7y=14# and # -4x-14y=28#?
There are various approaches to solve a system of equations. One of the simplest ways is to eliminate one variable, solve for the other one and substituting it in the starting equations to solve for the eliminated variable.
Let us see how this works!
Given system of equation:
Now, if we want to eliminate
Please note, there is no rule of thumb, and we can as well do the same for the other variable y.
However, we prefer to go for the variable where we don't need to multiply both equations by some factor to reach a set of equations with same co-efficient.
Coming back, multiplying equation
Subtracting the same from equation
Substituting y in either Eqn. 1 or Eqn. 2 gives us
So, the system of equations solve as,
Verify your results by substituting the values in starting equations and check whether they match.