Simultaneous EquationsA selfmarking, multilevel set of exercises on solving pairs of simultaneous equations. 
This is level 7: linear, quadratic and other pairs of 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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The examples used in the video are available to teachers as projectable slides.
\(xy=1 \qquad \mathbf{A}\\y=x^221 \qquad \mathbf{B}\)
One way of solving this pair of simultaneous equations is to use the substitution method.
Equation \(\mathbf{A}\) can be rearranged to make \(x\) the subject
\(x = 1 + y\)
This expression for \(x\) can be substituted into equation \(\mathbf{B}\):
\(y=(1+y)^221\\y=1+2y+y^221\\y=y^2+2y20\\y^2+y20=0\)
This is a quadratic equation that can be solved by factorisation.
\( (y4)(y+5) = 0\)
Either \(y=4\) in which case, by substituting into equation \(\mathbf{A}\), \(x=5\)
Or \(y=5\) in which case, by substituting into equation \(\mathbf{A}\), \(x=4\)
These Level 7 questions will require you to be able to solve Quadratic Equations.
\(xy=1\\y=x^221\)
Get both equations into the "y=" format
\(y=x1 \\y=x^221\)
Set the equations equal to each other
\(x^221 = x1\)
Rearrange into the standard quadratic equation format
\(x^2x20 = 0\)
Solve the quadratic equation
\((x5)(x+4) = 0\)
\(x=5 \qquad or \qquad x=4\)
Use the linear equation to get matching y values
When \(x = 5, \qquad y = 4\)
When \(x = 4, \qquad y = 5\)
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.
These steps are developed and discussed in "How I Wish I'd Taught Maths: Lessons learned from research, conversations with experts, and 12 years of mistakes" by Craig Barton
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