3x-2y=8       x=2y-4   solve for x and y

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The answer here is that x = 6 and y = 5.  Here is how you can find this:

The thing to do here is to take the value that you have been given for x in the second equation and substitute it into the first equation.  So then you have

3 (2y - 4) - 2y = 8

6y - 12 - 2y = 8

4y = 20

y = 5

Now you take this value of y and substitute it back in to the second equation to find x.

x = 2 (5) - 4

x = 10 - 4

x = 6

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3x-2y=8...(1)

 x=2y-4  

Subtract 2y

==> x-2y=-4.....(1)

Subtract (1) from (2)

==> 2x=12 ==> x=6

To calculate y, we will use either equation (1) or (2)

x-2y=-4

Substitute with x=6

==> 6-2y=-4

Subtract 6 from both sides:

==> -2y=-10

Divide by -2:

==> y=5

 

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