eliminate - to remove, to get rid of or put an end to

2 times a number added to another number is 25. 3 times the first number minus the other number is 2

2 times a number added to another number is 25. 3 times the first number minus the other number is 20.
Let the first number be x. Let the second number be y. We're given two equations:
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[*]2x + y = 25
[*]3x - y = 20
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Since we have matching opposite coefficients for y (1 and -1), we can add both equations together and eliminate a variable.
(2 + 3)x + (1 - 1)y = 25 + 20
Simplifying, we get:
5x = 45
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[B]x = 9[/B]
To find y, we plug in x = 9 into equation (1) or (2). Let's choose equation (1):
2(9) + y = 25
y + 18 = 25
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[B]y = 7[/B]
So we have (x, y) = (9, 7)
Let's check our work for equation (2) to make sure this system works:
3(9) - 7 ? 20
27 - 7 ? 20
20 = 20 <-- Good, we match!

A fraction has a value of 3/4. If 7 is added to the numerator, the resulting fraction is equal to th

A fraction has a value of 3/4. If 7 is added to the numerator, the resulting fraction is equal to the reciprocal of the original fraction. Find the original fraction.
Let the fraction be x/y. We're given two equations:
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[*]x/y = 3/4
[*](x + 7)/y = 4/3. [I](The reciprocal of 3/4 is found by 1/(3/4)[/I]
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Cross multiply equation 1 and equation 2:
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[*]4x = 3y
[*]3(x + 7) = 4y
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Simplifying, we get:
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[*]4x = 3y
[*]3x + 21 = 4y
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If we divide equation 1 by 4, we get:
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[*]x = 3y/4
[*]3x + 21 = 4y
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Substitute equation (1) into equation (2) for x:
3(3y/4) + 21 = 4y
9y/4 + 21 = 4y
Multiply the equation by 4 on both sides to eliminate the denominator:
9y + 84 = 16y
To solve this equation for y, we type it in our math engine and we get:
y = [B]12
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We then substitute y = 12 into equation 1 above:
x = 3 * 12/4
x = 36/4
x = [B]9
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So our original fraction x/y = [B]9/12[/B]

A number multiplied by 6 and divided by 5 give four more than a number?

A number multiplied by 6 and divided by 5 give four more than a number?
A number is represented by an arbitrary variable, let's call it x.
Multiply by 6:
6x
Divide by 5
6x/5
The word "gives" means equals, so we set this equal to 4 more than a number, which is x + 4.
6x/5 = x + 4
Now, multiply each side of the equation by 5, to eliminate the fraction on the left hand side:
6x(5)/5 = 5(x + 4)
The 5's cancel on the left side, giving us:
6x = 5x + 20
Subtract 5x from each side
[B]x = 20[/B]
Check our work from our original equation:
6x/5 = x + 4
6(20)/5 ? 20 + 4
120/5 ?24
24 = 24 <-- Yes, we verified our answer

April, May and June have 90 sweets between them. May has three-quarters of the number of sweets that

April, May and June have 90 sweets between them. May has three-quarters of the number of sweets that June has. April has two-thirds of the number of sweets that May has. How many sweets does June have?
Let the April sweets be a.
Let the May sweets be m.
Let the June sweets be j.
We're given the following equations:
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[*]m = 3j/4
[*]a = 2m/3
[*]a + j + m = 90
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Cross multiply #2;
3a = 2m
Dividing each side by 2, we get;
m = 3a/2
Since m = 3j/4 from equation #1, we have:
3j/4 = 3a/2
Cross multiply:
6j = 12a
Divide each side by 12:
a = j/2
So we have:
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[*]m = 3j/4
[*]a = j/2
[*]a + j + m = 90
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Now substitute equation 1 and 2 into equation 3:
j/2 + j + 3j/4 = 90
Multiply each side by 4 to eliminate fractions:
2j + 4j + 3j = 360
To solve this equation for j, we [URL='https://www.mathcelebrity.com/1unk.php?num=2j%2B4j%2B3j%3D360&pl=Solve']type it in our search engine[/URL] and we get:
j = [B]40[/B]

gy=-g/v+w for g

gy=-g/v+w for g
Multiply each side of the equation by v to eliminate fractions:
gvy = -g + vw
Add g to each side:
gvy + g = -g + g + vw
Cancel the g's on the right side and we geT:
gvy + g = vw
Factor out g on the left side:
g(vy + 1) = vw
Divide each side of the equation by (vy + 1):
g(vy + 1)/(vy + 1) = vw/(vy + 1)
Cancel the (vy + 1) on the left side and we geT:
g = [B]vw/(vy + 1)[/B]

Lorda is older than Kate. The sum of their ages is 30. The difference in their ages is 6. What are t

Lorda is older than Kate. The sum of their ages is 30. The difference in their ages is 6. What are their ages?
Let Lorda's age be l. Let Kate's age be k. We're given two equations:
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[*]l + k = 30
[*]l - k = 6 <-- Since Lorda is older
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Add the 2 equations together and we eliminate k:
2l = 36
[URL='https://www.mathcelebrity.com/1unk.php?num=2l%3D36&pl=Solve']Typing this equation into our search engine[/URL] and solving for l, we get:
l = [B]18[/B]
Now substitute l = 18 into equation 1:
18 + k = 30
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k = [B]12[/B]

m=u/k-r/k for k

m=u/k-r/k for k
Multiply both sides by k to eliminate the k denominator:
km = uk/k - rk/k
Cancel the k's on the right side and we get
km = u - r
Divide each side by m:
km/m = (u - r)/m
Cancel the m on the left side:
[B]k = (u - r)/m[/B]

Steven has some money. If he spends $9, then he will have 3/5 of the amount he started with.

Steven has some money. If he spends $9, then he will have 3/5 of the amount he started with.
Let the amount Steven started with be s. We're given:
s - 9 = 3s/5
Multiply each side through by 5 to eliminate the fraction:
5(s - 9) = 5(3s/5)
Cancel the 5's on the right side and we get:
5s - 45 = 3s
To solve for s, we [URL='https://www.mathcelebrity.com/1unk.php?num=5s-45%3D3s&pl=Solve']type this equation into our search engine[/URL] and we get:
s = [B]22.5[/B]

There are two numbers. The sum of 4 times the first number and 3 times the second number is 24. The

There are two numbers. The sum of 4 times the first number and 3 times the second number is 24. The difference between 2 times the first number and 3 times the second number is 24. Find the two numbers.
Let the first number be x and the second number be y. We have 2 equations:
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[*]4x + 3y = 24
[*]2x - 3y = 24
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Without doing anything else, we can add the 2 equations together to eliminate the y term:
(4x + 2x) + (3y - 3y) = (24 + 24)
6x = 48
Divide each side by 6:
[B]x = 8
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Substitute this into equation (1)
4(8) + 3y = 24
32 + 3y = 24
[URL='https://www.mathcelebrity.com/1unk.php?num=32%2B3y%3D24&pl=Solve']Type 32 + 3y = 24 into our search engine[/URL] and we get [B]y = 2.6667[/B].