Posted by **Ericka** on Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 10:34am.

I'm confused regarding the elimination method for

5x - 7y = -16,

2x + 8y = 26

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**Steve**, Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 11:32am
#1: 5x - 7y = -16

#2: 2x + 8y = 26

To eliminate y, multiply #1 by 8 and #2 by 7 to get

40x - 56y = -128

14x + 56y = 182

If you add those two new equations, the y's are eliminated and you get

54x = 54

x=1

Now you can go back and calculate y from one of the original equations.

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**Bosnian**, Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 11:40am
5 x - 7 y = - 16 Multiply both sides by - 2

- 10 x + 14 y = 32

2 x + 8 y = 26 Multiply both sides by 5

10 x + 40 y = 130

- 10 x + 14 y = 32

10 x + 40 y = 130 Add equations

- 10 x + 10 x + 14 y + 40 y = 32 + 130

54 y = 162 Divide both sides by 54

y = 162 / 54 = 3

5 x - 7 y = - 16

5 x - 7 * 3 = - 16

5 x - 21 = - 16 Add 21 to both sides

5 x - 21 + 21 = - 16 + 21

5 x = 5 Divide both sides by 5

x = 1

Solutions :

x = 1 , y = 3

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