Solve for x, y, and z: x + y + z = 0 (b+c)x + (c+a)y + (a+b)z = 0 bcx + cay + abz = 1 (all equations under 1 bracket)Show complete solution and explain the answer.

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Solve the following system for x,y,and z:
(i)  x+y+z=0
(ii) (b+c)x+(a+c)y+(a+b)z=0
(iii) bcx+acy+abz=1

We proceed by substitution:

(1) From (i) we get z=-x-y. Plugging this into (ii) yields
(b+c)x+(a+c)y+(a+b)(-x-y)=0 which simplifies to
(I)  -(a-c)x-(b-c)y=0

Plugging into (iii) yields
bcx+acy+ab(-x-y)=1 which simplifies to
(II)  b(c-a)x-a(b-c)y=1

(2) We now solve (I) and (II) simultaneously using linear combinations:

-b(a-c)x-b(b-c)y=0   multiply (I) by -b
-a(b-c)y+b(b-c)y=1  subtract (II)-b(I) ; which simplifies to


(3) Plug this value for y into (I) to get x:


So `x=1/((a-b)(a-c))`

(4) Take these values for x and y and plug into (i) to get z:



So the values for (x,y,z) are `( 1/((a-b)(a-c)),(-1)/((a-b)(b-c)),1/((a-c)(b-c)) )`