Simultaneous EquationsA selfmarking, multilevel set of exercises on solving pairs of simultaneous equations. 
This is level 5: real life problems that can be solved by writing them as simultaneous equations. You will be awarded a trophy if you get at least 9 correct and you do this activity online.
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Projectable  A set of simultaneous equations designed to be shown one at a time to the whole class.
Level 1  Equations that can be added or subtracted to eliminate one variable.
Level 2  Equations that can be added or subtracted to eliminate one variable after one of the equations has been multiplied by a constant.
Level 3  Equations that can be added or subtracted to eliminate one variable after both of the equations have been multiplied by constants.
Level 4  Equations with two variables that are not written in the standard way.
Level 5  Real life problems that can be solved by writing them as simultaneous equations.
Level 6  Equations which include fractions in some way.
Level 7  Linear, quadratic and other pairs of simultaneous equations.
These Level 7 questions will require you to be able to solve Quadratic Equations.
Exam Style Questions  A collection of problems in the style of GCSE or IB/Alevel exam paper questions (worked solutions are available for Transum subscribers).
More Simultaneous Equations including lesson Starters, visual aids, investigations and selfmarking exercises.
There is a printable worksheet to go with this activity. It is an exercise that appeared in an algebra book published in 1895. It starts with basic questions but soon gets tricky!
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What two numbers add up to 50 and have a difference of 12?
Let the smaller number be \(x\) and the larger number be \(y\).
\(y+x=50 \qquad \mathbf{A}\\yx=12 \qquad \mathbf{B} \)
Add equation \( \mathbf{A} \) to equation \( \mathbf{B} \)
\(2y=62\)
\(y=31\)
Substitute this value for \(y\) into equation \( \mathbf{A} \).
\(31+x=50\)
\(x=19\)
The simultaneous equations have been solved.
The smaller number is 19 and the larger number is 31.
You can check your answers by substituting them both into equation \( \mathbf{B} \) to see if it balances.
This example is not intended to teach you everything you need to know about this type of simultaneous equations. It is here as a reminder and is no substitute for your teacher or tutor.
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