# Systems of Linear Equations: Solving by Elimination

## Original question text:

What is the solution to the given system of equations?

y = x − 6x + 10y + x = 4## How can Algebrator help you with this problem?

Algebrator can easily solve problems such as the one you posted on Yahoo Answers.

You start by entering it in an intuitive math editor. You may enter each equation on a line of its own and the software will solve this "system of two equations in two unknowns".

To control the method by which the system is solved, use the drop-down menu "Solution->Settings", where Elimination, Substitution and Cramer rule are shown as options.

For example to solve a system of equations using the Elimination method, enter the equations into the software and select Elimination as the solution method.

An example using your system of equations is described below.

We need to combine like terms in this expression by adding up all numerical coefficients and copying the literal part, if any.

No numerical coefficient implies value of 1.

There is only one group of like terms: x, -6x.

Explanation for this (or any other) step is just a click away.

Some Important features are:

1.Flash demos, found under the drop-down menu "Help->Tutors".

The demos are also available online at "https://softmath.com/demos/", where you may simply select any of the ".htm" files and the demo will play within your browser

2. Wizard button - for example, click the Wizard button and look under the category of "Line" to see the many useful templates for exploring linear equations.

3. The Explain button, which provides the mathematical logic involved in the selected step.

In order to eliminate x in the first equation, we need to substitute the right side of the second equation for x in the first equation.

In our example, all instances of x in the first equation will be replaced by: 3/2.

It is important to note that the "visibility" button allows us to see more or less steps involved in the process.

We need to add fractions. Check the rule applied by clicking on the "Explain" button.

Finally, we reorder the solutions so that they show in alphabetical order.

Entering any graphable equation directly into a new worksheet and pressing "Graph All" will first result in that equation being placed into its standard form prior to graphing. For linear equations the standard form is "y=mx+b", where "m" is the slope and "b" the y-intercept.

To solve the equation graphically, simply enter each equation on its own line within the same worksheet and then press "Graph All".

It is important to understand that anytime you are solving a system of equations you are answering the basic question "Do the graphs of these equation touch?". They may touch in one point (one solution), no points (no solutions) or an infinite number of points (i.e. the equations define the same line).

For this reason, it is always helpful to press "Graph All" even it you are not seeking a graphical solution, as this allows you to see a graph of the equations and better understand the numerical solution you obtained.

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