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### Solving a System Using Elimination

- To solve a system using elimination
- Multiply equations by a constant so that a pair of terms will cancel out when added.
- Add the equations together. (A pair of terms should cancel)
- Solve the new equation created
- Use back-substitution in one of the original equations
- Solve this equation for the other variable
- Check you solution by substituting both values into the system to see if it makes all equations true.
- When multiplying by a constant, you may have to multiply one, or both of the equations to create a pair of terms that will cancel when added.
- If the system has only one solution, the method will find the x and y values that work.
- If the system has no solutions, then the elimination method will create a false statement.
- If the system has an infinite amount of solutions, then the elimination method will create a true statement. All points on the line are considered a solution to the system.

### Solving a System Using Elimination

2x - 4y = 10

6x + 4y = 14

- 2x − 4y = 10
__+____6____x____+____4____y____=____14__ - 2x − 4y = 10
__+____6____x____+____4____y____=____14__8x = 24 - x = 3
- 2x − 4y = 102(3) − 4y = 10
- 6 − 4y = 10
- − 4y = 4

2x + 8y = - 12

16x - 8y = 30

- 2x + 8y = − 12+
__(____16____x__−__8____y____=____30____)__ - 18x = 18
- x = 1
- Plug x back into the equation to find y
- 2(1) + 8y = − 12
- 2 + 8y = − 12
- 8y = − 14
- y = [( − 14)/8]

4x + 4y = 36

- 8x - 4y = 24
__+ 4x + 4y = 36__ - 12x = 60
- x = 5
- 8x - 4y = 24

8(5) - 4y = 24 - 40 - 4y = 24
- - 4y = - 16

11x - 3y = 33

- 12x + 3y = 48
__+ 11x - 3y = 33__ - 23x = 81

7x - 2y = 11

- 7x - 5y = 17
__- 7x - 2y = 11__

- 3y = 6 - y = - 2
- 7x - 5y = 17

7x - 5( - 2) = 17 - 7x + 10 = 17
- 7x = 7

5x - 2y = 11

- 5x - 6y = 19
__- 5x - 2y = 11__ - 4y = 8
- y = 2
- 5x - 6(2) = 19
- 5x - 12 = 19
- 5x = 31

2x - 7y = 6

- 2x - 3y = 18
__- 2x - 7y = 6__ - 10y = 12
- y = [12/10] = [6/5]
- y = 1[1/5]
- 2x − 3( 1[1/5] ) = 18
- 2x − 3[3/5] = 18
- 2x = 21[3/5]

7x - 2y = 11

- 7x - 5y = 17
__- 7x - 2y = 11__

- 3y = 6 - y = - 2
- 7x - 5y = 17

7x - 5( - 2) = 17 - 7x + 10 = 17
- 7x = 7

5x - 2y = 11

- 5x - 6y = 19
__- 5x - 2y = 11__ - 4y = 8
- y = 2
- 5x - 6(2) = 19
- 5x - 12 = 19
- 5x = 31

2x - 7y = 6

- 2x - 3y = 18
__- 2x - 7y = 6__ - 10y = 12
- y = [12/10] = [6/5]
- y = 1[1/5]
- 2x − 3( 1[1/5] ) = 18
- 2x − 3[3/5] = 18
- 2x = 21[3/5]

*These practice questions are only helpful when you work on them offline on a piece of paper and then use the solution steps function to check your answer.

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### Solving a System Using Elimination

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- Intro 0:00
- Objectives 0:09
- Solving a System Using Elimination 0:27
- Elimination Method
- Elimination Example
- One Solution, No Solution, or Infinite Solutions
- Example 1 8:53
- Example 2 11:46
- Example 3 15:37
- Example 4 17:45

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### Transcription: Solving a System Using Elimination

*Welcome back to www.educator.com.*0000

*In this lesson we are going to work on solving a system of linear equations using the method of elimination.*0003

*We focus on how to use this elimination method or how it differs from substitution*0011

*and how we can recognize the many different types of solutions that could happen.*0017

*Do we get one solution, and infinite amount of solutions, or possibly no solution or whatsoever.*0021

*The goal with the elimination method is to combine the equations in such a way that we eliminate one of our variables.*0030

*In that way, we will only have one that we will need to solve for.*0037

*In order to do this, sometimes we will have to multiply one of the equations or even both of the equations by some sort of a constant.*0042

*Now what we are looking to do when we multiply is we want a pair of coefficients that will end up canceling each other out.*0050

*Do I have - 3x and 3x?*0059

*When we combine those they would end up canceling out and that is what I want.*0062

*Once I get a pair of coefficients that I know will cancel, we will go ahead and actually add the 2 equations together.*0067

*In fact, some people call the elimination method the addition method because we end up adding the equations.*0073

*We will get a new equation after doing that and we will only have one type of variable in it.*0081

*We will end up solving that new equation.*0086

*We will have half of our solution at this point so we will be able to take that and substitute it back into one of the originals.*0090

*In fact, if you look at all the rest of stuffs from here on out, these are the same as the substitution method.*0096

*We simply have half of our solution and we are back substituting so we can find the other value.*0104

*Once we are all the way done through this entire process, it is not a bad idea to check the solution to make sure that does satisfy both of the equations.*0110

*Let us walk through this method, so you get a better sense of how it works.*0123

*Here I have 2x – 7y = 2 and 3x + y = -20.*0129

*What my goal is to either eliminate these x values here or I need to eliminate my y values.*0136

*If I was just going through and I decide that I was going to add them together as they are,*0145

*you will see that this would not be a good idea because nothing happens.*0150

* 2x + 3x would give me 5x and – 7y + y would give me -6y.*0154

*2 and -20 is -18, so I definitely created a new equation, but it still has x’s and it still has y’s.*0163

*There is not much that I can do with it.*0171

*What I want to happen is for some things to cancel out, so I only have one type of variable to solve for.*0174

*Let us go ahead and a do a little work on this so that we can get something to cancel out.*0181

*The first thing is we get to choose what we want to cancel out.*0188

*Is it going to be the x's or y’s?*0191

*I want to choose my y since one of them is already negative and the other one is positive.*0194

*In order to make these guys came flat, let us take everything in the second equation and multiply it by 7.*0200

*The first equation exactly the way it is, no changes, and everything in the second equation will get multiplied by 7.*0210

*3 × 7 = 21x, I have 7y, -20 × 7 would be -140.*0218

*I still have a system and I still have a pair but now I noticed what is going on here with the y.*0231

*Since 1 is -7 and one is 7, when I add those together, we will end up canceling each other out.*0236

*Let us do that, let us go ahead and get to the addition part of the elimination method.*0244

*Adding up our x's, we will get 23x.*0248

*When we add up the y, we will get 0y so that term is gone.*0254

*Over on the other side - 138 and in this new equation the only thing I have in here is simply an x.*0259

*I can solve this new equation for x and figure out what it needs to be which I can do by dividing both sides by 23.*0270

*How many times 23 is going to 138?*0292

*6 × 3 = 18, looks like 6 times so x = -6.*0303

*That is half of our solution and now we need to work on back substitution.*0313

*We will take this value here for our x and plug it back into one of the original equations.*0318

*It does not matter which one you plug this into, just as long as you put it into one of them it should turn out okay.*0323

*I end up solving this one for y, 2 × -6 = -12 and we are adding 12 to both sides would give me 14 and y divided by -7, I have -2.*0335

*I have both halves of the solution.*0360

*I have x = -6 and that y = -2.*0362

*In the elimination method, we are working to eliminate one of our variables.*0370

*You might be curious what would have happened if we would have chosen to get rid of those x's instead.*0377

*We could have done it, but you would have to multiply your equations by something different.*0383

*I’m not going all the way through this, but just to show you how you could have started.*0390

*For example, if you multiply the first one by 3, it would have given you 6x - 21y = 6.*0394

*If you multiply the second equation by -2, - 6x - 2y = 40.*0405

*You would see that using those multiplications, the x's would have cancel out when you add them.*0414

*In the elimination method, eliminate one of your variables.*0421

*Onto the next important thing with the elimination method.*0428

*We have many different things that could happen.*0432

*We could have one solution, no solution or an infinite amount of solutions.*0433

*Visually, we can see that the lines either cross, do not cross, or perhaps they are the same line.*0439

*The way you recognize this when using the elimination method is that you might go through that method and everything will work out just fine.*0457

*You actually be able to find your solution.*0464

*That is when you know it has one solution, everything is good.*0466

*If you go through the system and all your work looks good, but you create a false statement*0471

*then you will know that there is actually no solution to the system.*0476

*In fact, they are 2 parallel lines and they never cross.*0479

*I think I mentioned this earlier, but go ahead and check your work if it looks like you are getting a false statement*0483

*just to make sure that the false statement is created from them being parallel and not from you making a mistake.*0488

*If you go through and you create a true statement, then this is an indication they have an infinite amount of solution.*0496

*Again, check your work, but make sure that you know whether it has an infinite amount or not.*0503

*These are exactly the same criteria that using the substitution method, so they are nice and easy to keep track of.*0512

*False statement, no solution, true statement, infinite amount of solutions and everything works out normally, then you just have one solution.*0518

*Let us get into some examples and see this in action.*0526

*In this first example, we will look at solving 2x - 5y = 11 and 3x + y = 8.*0534

*Think about our goal with the elimination method.*0543

*We want to get rid of these x's or we want to get rid of the y.*0546

*You get to choose which one you want rid of just a matter how you will end up manipulating these to ensure that they do cancel each other out.*0550

*I think the better ones to go after are probably these y, since one is already positive and one is already negative.*0561

*The way we are going to do this is when I take the second equation and we are going to multiply everything there by 5.*0570

*Let us see the result this will have.*0579

*We have not touched the first equation and everything in the second equation by 5 would be 15x + 5y = 40.*0582

*I can see that when we add together our y values, they will cancel each other out.*0597

*2x + 15x that is 17x, -5y + 5y they would cancel each other and get 0y.*0605

*11 + 40 =51, so in this new equation I can see that we only have x to worry about and we can continue solving for x.*0617

*We will do that by dividing both sides by 17, x =3.*0625

*Now that I have half of my solution and I know what x is, let us take it and end up substituting it back into one of our original equations.*0636

*(2 × 3) - 5y = 11.*0647

*Our goal here is to get that y all by itself.*0656

*We will multiply the 2 and 3 together and get 6, then we will subtract 6 from both sides, - 5y is equal to 5.*0660

*Now, dividing both sides by -5, we will have y = 8, -1.*0680

*We have both halves of our solutions and I can say that our solution is 3, -1.*0693

*Let us try another one.*0703

*For this next one we will try solving 3x + 3y = 0 and 4x + 2y = 3.*0709

*In this one, it looks like all of my terms on x and y are all positive.*0716

*It is not clear which one will be the easier one to get rid off, we just have to pick one and go with it.*0721

*Let us go ahead and give these x's a try over here and see if we can eliminate them.*0726

*Some things that you can do to help you eliminate some of these variables, is first just try and get them to be the exact same number.*0732

*What some of my students realizes is that if you just take this coefficient and multiply it up here,*0740

*then take the other coefficient and multiply it into your second equation.*0746

*That is usually enough to make them exactly the same .*0751

*I’m going to do that here.*0753

*I’m going to take the entire second equation and we will multiply it by 3.*0755

*We will take everything in the first equation and we will multiply that by 4.*0762

*Let us see, 4 × 3 = 12x + 12y, 0 × 4 = 0, so that will be my new first equation.*0768

*Everything in the second one by 3, 12x + 6y = 9 will be the second one.*0783

*We are off to a good start and I can see at least that the x's are now exactly the same.*0792

*We want them to cancel out, let us go ahead and take one of our equations and multiply it entirely through by a negative number.*0798

*Let us do it to the second one, everything through in the second one by -1.*0806

*It will give us -12x - 6y = -9, the first equation is exactly the same so we would not touch that one.*0810

*By multiplying it just that way, we are doing a little bit of prep work, now I can be assured that my x's will definitely cancel out.*0823

*Let us add these 2 equations together and end up solving for y.*0831

*12x - 12y that will give us 0x, that is gone.*0836

*12y - 6y will be 6y and 0 + -9 = -9.*0841

*y = -9/6 which we might as well just reduce that call it to say – 3/2 and there is half of our solution.*0852

*Let us go ahead and take this, plug it back into the original and see if we can find our other half.*0866

*I’m just going to choose this one right here, 4x + 2 =- 3/2 equals 3.*0873

*In this equation, the only thing I need to solve for is that x, let us go ahead and do that.*0886

*2 × -3/2 = - 3, adding 3 to both sides here I will be left with 4x = 6 and dividing both sides by 4, I will have that x = 3/2.*0895

*My final solution here, x = 3/2 and y = -3/2.*0917

*As long as you do proper prep work, you should be able to get your final solution just fine.*0926

*Remember that it has 2 parts, the x value and y value.*0931

*Let us see if we can solve this one using elimination.*0939

*I have my x's that are both positive and my y’s are both negative, but they are almost the same.*0947

*Let us start off by multiplying the second one by 5 and see if it gets a little bit closer to canceling.*0955

*5x - 5y, 5 × 12 = 60 we multiply the entire second equation by 5.*0965

*It still looks like nothing will cancel out, so I will also multiply the second equation by -1.*0977

*-5x + 5y = - 60 looking pretty good here.*0983

*I will add these together and I can eliminate my x's but you will notice that it looks like the y will also eliminate.*0998

*If the x's and y’s are gone, the only thing on the left side is just 0.*1007

*What is on the other side? 3 - 60 would be a -57 and that is a bit of a problem because the 0 does not equal -57.*1013

*Let us say that this is a false statement.*1026

*This is one of these situations and it is a good idea to go back through your work, check it and make sure it is all correct.*1031

*All of our steps do look good here, we multiplied it by 5, we multiplied by - 1.*1038

*We do not actually have a whole lot of spots where we could make mistakes.*1042

*What this false statement is telling us here is that there is no solution to the system.*1046

*These 2 lines are actually parallel and they are not crossing whatsoever.*1057

*Watch out for those special cases.*1061

*Let us try one last example, x – 4y =2 and 4x – 16y = 8.*1068

*I want to try and maybe eliminate, let us do the x's.*1077

*We will do this by multiplying the first equation by -4.*1081

* -4x, -4 × -4 =16y equals -8.*1094

*In the second equation I do not need to manipulate that one, I will leave it exactly the same.*1105

*This is a lot like our previous example.*1113

*The x's are going to cancel out when they are added together, but then again, so are the y values.*1117

*Both of them are going to cancel out.*1122

*I have 0 on one side of my equal sign.*1124

*This one actually is not quite so bad because if I look at my -8 and 8, they will cancel each other out as well.*1128

*I will get 0 = 0, which happens to be a true statement.*1137

*Now, one statement is true but what is your x and y?*1141

*In indicates that the lines are exactly the same and there are on top of one another.*1145

*We have an infinite number of solutions.*1151

*Using one of these algebraic methods is a great way to figure out what the solution is.*1164

*Keep in the back of your mind what the graphs of these look like*1169

*so we can interpret what it means to have one solution, no solution, or an infinite amount of solutions.*1172

*Thank you for watching www.educator.com.*1178

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Last reply by: Professor Eric Smith

Mon Jun 16, 2014 3:00 PM

Post by David Saver on June 10, 2014

Great Teaching!

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Last reply by: Professor Eric Smith

Mon Feb 10, 2014 4:48 PM

Post by Henry Sith on February 10, 2014

I believe in one of the "Practice questions" there is an error, the stated question is: 12x + 3y = 4811x âˆ’ 3y = 33

(BTW, Educator should look to make the questions easier to read)

Here is the error:

Step 1. 12x + 3y = 48

+11x âˆ’ 3y = 33

Step 2. 22x = 81