Posted by Julie Jam on Wednesday, December 8, 2010 at 1:11pm.
A. 3x + y = 8
xy =6
B. x 1/2y =2
y=2x4
C. x + 2y = 9
2y = x + 13
I am not grasping the substitution method! Please help me.

algebra  Reiny, Wednesday, December 8, 2010 at 1:40pm
Pick the equation for which it is easier to "isolate" one of the variables.
A) from the second: x = 6+y
plug that into the first
3x + y = 8
3(6+y) + y = 8
18 + 3y + y = 8
4y = 10
y = 5/2
now put that back into the easier of the two
x = 6+y
x = 6  5/2 = 7/2
b) really easy, y is already isolated
c) notice we have 2y isolated , but 2y shows up in the first, so again, real easy
x + 2y = 9
x + (x + 13) = 9
13 = 9 ?????
ahhh, this last pair of equation has no solution, (we got a silly statement)
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