x+ y = 5    2x-y = 4   solve x and y

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X = 3 and Y = 2.  Here is how we find this.

What we have to do is use the first equation to get a value for y.  This is quite easy because all we must do is say

x + y = 5 so y = 5 -x

Now we plug that value into the second equation.

2x - (5-x) = 4

This becomes

2x - 5 + x = 4 (because you are subtracting negative x, you are in effect adding x)

3x - 5 = 4

3x = 9

x = 3

If x = 3, then 3 + y = 5 and y = 2

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x+y = 5 ........(1)

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

Using the emimination method, let us add (1) and (2):

==> 3x = 9

==> x= 9/3 = 3

Now using the substituting method substotite in (1):

x+ y = 5

==> 3 + y = 5

==> y= 5-3 = 2

==> y= 2

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