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31 March, 02:11

# For the following system, tell which equation you would first use to solve for a variable in the first step of the substitution method. Explain your choice.-2x + y = - 14x + 2y = 12

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1. 31 March, 03:33
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start the solution either by solving the first given equati9on for y or by reducing the second equation by dividing all three terms by 2

Step-by-step explanation:

-2x + y = - 1 is most easily solvable for y: y = - 1 + 2x.

Note that we can reduce the second equation to 2x + y = 6

Substituting this - 1 + 2x for y in this new version of the second equation yields:

2x + (-1 + 2x) = 6

Simplifiying, we get:

2x - 1 + 2x = 6, or 4x = 7. Then x = 7/4.

Again: start the solution either by solving the first given equati9on for y or by reducing the second equation by dividing all three terms by 2.
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