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solve by the elimination method 7a+8b=-6 , -7a+b=15

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solve by the elimination method 7a+8b=-6 , -7a+b=15

asked Dec 4, 2013 in ALGEBRA 1 by mathgirl Apprentice

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Elimination method

7a+8b = -6 --------> (1)

-7a+b = 15 ----------> (2)

To eliminate the a value add the equations (1) and (2).

7a+8b = -6

-7a+b = 15

__________

9b = 9

Divide to each side by 9.

9b/9 = 9/9

b = 1

Substitute the b value in (1).

7a+8*1 = -6

7a+8 = -6

Add 6 to each side.

7a+8+6 = -6+6

7a+14 = 0

Subtract 14 from each side.

7a+14-14 = 0-14

7a =-14

Divide to each side by 7.

7a/7 = -14/7

a = -2

Solution a = -2, b = 1.

answered Dec 5, 2013 by william Mentor

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