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# Let's just do one and you'll see how it works:

## See how these guys are the same,

but with a different sign?

If we add the two equations -- straight down, those x critters are going to drop
right out!

Just add "like terms" and drag the "=" down to:

We've got one of them... Now, we just need to get the x. To do this, you can stick
the y into either of the original equations...

## It looks like the answer is (1, 6).

Check it! (In BOTH equations!)

## * Notice that the y is ready to drop out!

Most of the time they aren't set up that nicely. You'll usually have to do a little
dinking before something will drop out.

## Look at this one:

If we just add straight down, nothing's going to drop out and we'll just get a mess.

## If we could make this a +4y,

the y's would drop out...

So, let's do it! Remember that we can multiply an equation by a number... So, let's
multiply the second equation by a -2:
Remember to hit each guy!

Now, stick the x guy into either of the original equations. I'm going to go for the
first one:

Check it - and don't let that fraction freak you... These things happen!

## Sometimes, you'll have to make adjustments to both equations to get something

to drop out. When possible, always go after the easier numbers!

## Let's do this one:

We want to make these 10x and -10x:

## The answer is (4, 0).

Let's do another one where we get a bit of a head start:

## Let's stick that x blob into the other equation in place of x:

This gives us

OK, we've got y... Now, we need x... See the circled blob above?

## Stick it in there! ( That's why I circled it! )

Is our answer (7, 5) ? Let's check...
and you have to check it in BOTH equations!

## So, the answer is (7, 5).

TRY IT:
Solve by substitution:

## We've got to rewrite one of these equations so it's like

y = x stuff or x = y stuff
And here's the key to making your life happier:

## You don't want fractions!

If possible, you want to pick a guy to solve for that doesn't create fractions.

Check it out:

## If we solve for this guy... it's nice and clean!

Now, you stick this guy

## into circled guy!

I think we've got it... (3, 5)... I'll let you check it! * In both equations!

Let's go back and look at the way we started that problem again:

## What if we'd solved for this guy instead?

Oh, please... Don't make me go on!

## That thing got brutal fast!

So, if you can, always solve for a guy with no coefficient in front...

Go for an x or -x or y or -y.

## Should be done with the method in the next section.

TRY IT:
Solve by substitution: