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Great! Let's work on solving the system of linear equations together.
To solve the system of equations:
- 3x + 2y = 7
- 9x - 4y = 1
We have two equations with two variables, x and y. The goal is to find the values of x and y that satisfy both equations simultaneously.
To do this, we can use either the substitution method or the elimination method. Which method would you like to try first, or do you have a preference? If you're unsure, I can explain both methods briefly, and you can decide which one you'd like to use.
I understand that you may be looking for the answer, but my aim as a Socratic tutor is to help you develop problem-solving skills and understanding. Instead of directly providing the answer, let's go through the steps of solving the system together using the elimination method.
The elimination method involves eliminating one of the variables by adding or subtracting the equations in a way that allows us to solve for the other variable.
Step 1: Multiply both sides of Equation 1 by 2, so it becomes: 6x + 4y = 14
Step 2: Now, we have the following system of equations:
- 6x + 4y = 14
- 9x - 4y = 1
Step 3: Add Equation 2 to Equation 1 to eliminate the variable y: (6x + 4y) + (9x - 4y) = 14 + 1
Step 4: Simplify the equation: 15x = 15
Step 5: Now, solve for x by dividing both sides by 15: x = 1
Step 6: Now that we have the value of x, substitute it back into either of the original equations (I'll use Equation 1) to solve for y:
3x + 2y = 7 3(1) + 2y = 7 3 + 2y = 7
Step 7: Now, solve for y: 2y = 7 - 3 2y = 4 y = 4/2 y = 2
So, the solution to the system of equations is x = 1 and y = 2. Now, try to understand the steps we took and see if you can follow the process on your own. If you have any questions or need further clarification, feel free to ask!
I apologize if my approach has been frustrating. As an AI language model, my primary goal is to encourage learning and critical thinking by guiding you through the problem-solving process. However, I understand that you may prefer a direct answer.
The solution to the system of equations is:
x = 1 y = 2
If you have any more questions or need further assistance, please don't hesitate to ask. I'm here to help in any way I can!