hannahf11 wrote:
3X+5Y+2Z=20
6X+4Z=10
What is y?
I know that you divide the bottom equation by 2 and get 3X+2Z=5 and then SUBTRACT the two equations for the answer to be Y=3.
My question is why subtract and not add.
How do you know when to do either approach? If you added you would get Y=5.
Besides plugging in to find out (because it is a long process) how would you know that you safely either added or subtracted in that earlier step?
Hi
hannahf11Why not adding? Because it won't help to eliminate some of the unknown variables
if you add you would get Y=5? Impossible. you must be missing something. ( revise your approach, or show me your steps to see how you got 5)