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Posted by on Monday, September 22, 2008 at 7:30pm.

If
4a + 3b + c = 27
3a + b + 4c = 16
9a + 2b + 3c = 33

then 2a + 2b + 2c = ?

  • MATH Matrix Equation - , Monday, September 22, 2008 at 7:45pm

    Why don't you just solve the matrix on your calc, or with row reduction, then add a+b+c?

  • MATH Matrix Equation - , Tuesday, September 23, 2008 at 2:59pm

    Or to get it algebraically, call the equations P, Q and R respectively, so

    P: 4a + 3b + c = 27
    Q: 3a + b + 4c = 16
    R: 9a + 2b + 3c = 33

    Solve these for b first, since the multiples are easy:

    R-2Q = 3a - 5c = 1
    P-3Q = -5a - 11c = -21

    so

    5(R-2Q) = 15a - 25c = 5
    3(P-3Q) = -15a - 33c = -63

    Add these together and you get -58c = 58, so c=1, therefore a=2. Feed a and c into any of the original equations and you get b=6. So a+b+c=9, and twice this is 18.

  • MATH Matrix Equation - , Tuesday, September 23, 2008 at 3:02pm

    Correction: -58c=-58, so c=1.

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