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There are many problems throughout the text labeled IN YOUR OWN WORDS. Just relax; do not be afraid to give your opinion. For the most part, these questions do not have “right” or “wrong” answers. You should spend about five minutes in answering each of these questions. Problems 4-6 ask you to describe each of the three procedures for solving systems of equations.
Graph the solution to each equation separately. If necessary, you can review the procedure for graphing lines in Section 15.1 Be sure to label your axes and label a scale before graphing the two lines. Then, after the lines are graphed, find the point of intersection (if the lines are not parallel), and list the ordered pairs for that point. See Example 1.
These problems are using the substitution method. Solve one of the two equations for one of the variables (if necessary). Then substitute into the other equations as shown in Example 2.
These problems are using the addition method. If necessary, multiply both sides of one (or both) of the equations by a number (or numbers) so that the coefficients on one of the variables are opposites. Then, add the equations to eliminate one of the variables as shown in Example 3.
See Examples 1-3. You can work these by any method. Generally, substitution is the easiest unless the coefficients of one of the variables are opposites. Graphing is generally not recommended unless using a graphing calculator.