posted by annonymous

if a=3x+2y and b=5x-4y, find x and y in terms of a and b

What I did:
11x dvided by x = 11

...that isn't the correct answer. The correct answer (according to text book) is

I'm puzzled on how to do this with all the letters. I also don't know how to find out y. I think I did a bit of figuring for x right, right?

  1. Reiny

    you made an error in the initial addition.

    2a = 6x + 4y
    b = 5x - 4y
    add them:
    2a + b = 11x
    x = (2a+b)/11 or 2a/11 + b/11 , which is the given answer

    now plug the x back into the first equation:
    5x - 4y = b
    5(2a+b)/11 - 4y = b
    times 11
    5(2a + b) - 44y = 11b
    10a + 5b - 44y = 11b
    -44y = -10a + 6b
    y = (-10a + 6b)/-44
    = (5a - 3b)/22 , which is the same as the given y

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