This site explores the solution of two simultaneous equations for two unknowns. There are three different manners in which you may want to explore this site depending on your interest and needs. They can be interchanged or used by themselves. 


Eq 1. ) 3I_{1
}+ I_{2} = 14 
Using the example, we want to find a way to make the coefficient of either I_{1} or I_{2} equal so that we can isolate the other variable and solve for it. Try multiplying the entire Eq 1. by "3" so that we have
Eq 1.
) (3)3I_{1}+ (3)I_{2} =
(3)14 
Eq 1.
) 9I_{1}+ 3I_{2} =
42 
7I_{1} = 35
and so,
I_{1} = 5
Insert this I_{1} = 5 back into
either Eq. 1 or Eq. 2 and then you will be able to solve for
X.
Let's Insert it into Eq. 2.
Eq 2. ) 2I_{1} +
3I_{2} = 7 
Eq 1. ) 3I_{1
}+ I_{2} = 14 
A System of Equations has one solution. This solution is a set of ordered pairs of the form (x,y) that satisfies two or more equations. A System of Equations is generally of the (standard) form. It is helpful to arrange (rewrite the equations of the system) to look like the standard form:
AX + BY = C
DX + EY = F
and one ordered pair (x,y) satisfies these two equations.
One way to solve this system of equations is to graph both equations (make sure to set y = equation) and observe the intersection of the lines that are plotted. This intersection point is the ordered pair that represents the solution.
You can try this by hand on paper or by using a graphing utility like a graphing calculator, or even a tool available on the web.
Try this example by graphing it:
Eq 1. ) X+ 2Y = 10 
Using the same example:
Eq 1. ) X+ 2Y = 10 
Try multiplying the entire Eq 1. by "2" so that we have
Eq 1. ) (2)X+ (2)2Y =
(2)10 
Eq 1. ) 2X+ 4Y = 20 
5Y = 10 
Eq 2. ) 2X  Y = 10 
Solutions to systems of equations of the form
AX + BY = C
DX + EY = F
Can be found using the following:
X =
Y =
(AE  BD)
(AE  BD)
This method is derived from the determinants of matrices that can be arranged from a system of equations
Recall that a matrix A is of the form
[A] = 
 a 
b  
 c 
d  
a*d  c * b = determinant A
To solve a system of the form
AX + BY = C
DX + EY = F
1.) Find the determinants of the following matrices.
[A] = 
 a 
b  
 d 
e  
[A_{x}] = 
 c 
b  
 f 
e  
[A_{y}] = 
 a 
c  
 d 
f  
2.) Use the determinants to find the solution if determinant A is not zero.
X = 



Y = 



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Date Last Modified: 11/11/99
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