# Simultaneous Equations

## A self-marking, multi-level set of exercises on solving pairs of simultaneous equations.

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This is level 1: equations that can be added or subtracted to eliminate one variable. You will be awarded a trophy if you get at least 9 correct and you do this activity online.

 3x + y = 142x + y = 10 x= y= x + 2y = 162x + 2y = 18 x= y= 3a + 4b = 263a + 2b = 16 a= b= c + 4d = 30c + 2d = 18 c= d= -3e − 5f = -62-3e + 6f = 15 e= f= 6g + 6h = 30-7g + 6h = 56 g= h= -2j + 3k = 8-2j − 4k = -48 j= k= -9m − 4n = 57-9m − n = 48 m= n= 6p + 10q = -485p + 10q = -45 p= q= -9r + 10s = -189r + 8s = -144 r= s= -9u − 8v = -412u + 8v = -22 u= v= 2w − z = -52w − 6z = 30 w= z=
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## Description of Levels

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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/A-level exam paper questions (worked solutions are available for Transum subscribers).

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## Extension

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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## Level 1 Example

$$3x+y=34 \qquad \mathbf{A}\\2x+y=25 \qquad \mathbf{B}$$

You may notice that each equation has a $$y$$ term so subtracting one equation from the other would result in the elimination of that term.

Subtract $$\mathbf{B}$$ from $$\mathbf{A}$$

$$x=9$$

Substitute this value for $$x$$ into equation $$\mathbf{A}$$.

$$27+y=34$$
$$y=7$$

The simultaneous equations have been solved.
The solutions are $$x=9$$ and $$y=7$$.

You can check your answers by substituting them both into equation $$\mathbf{B}$$ to see if it balances.

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