Digits, Grade 8, Volume 2, Homework Helper

15-7: Solving Simultaneous Linear Equations Using Subtraction

Key Concept

Just as you can use addition to solve systems of linear equations, you can also use subtraction.

In the subtraction method, you solve the system by subtracting the equations to eliminate one of the variables.

Solve the system by subtraction.

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Step 1 Solve for the first variable.

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Since the coefficients of the y-terms are the same, subtract the equations to eliminate y.

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Step 2 Solve for the second variable.

Since x = 3, substitute 3 for x in either equation and solve for y.

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Step 3 Write the solution.

Since x = 3 and y = 4, the solution is (3, 4).

Step 4 Check your solution.

Substitute the solution (3, 4) into each equation.

Checking the solution.


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