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# Testing a solution to a system of equations

Sal checks whether (-1,7) is a solution of the system: x+2y=13 and 3x-y=-11. Created by Sal Khan and Monterey Institute for Technology and Education.

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• • • Does a single linear equation with two or more unknowns always have infinitely many solutions • Yes, that's right. You could choose whatever values you like for all but one of the variables, and then final variable can always be made to fit.
For example, if you had the equation `ax + by + cz = k`, then whatever you pick for `y` and `z`, you can solve for `x` to get `x = (k - by - cz)/a`, and the equation will be satisfied.
• I have perfectly parallel lines, so is there a solution? I can't figure out this problem. • • • Bro chill. A solution of an equation is when both sides (i.e., LHS and RHS) become equal. What do you need to do to make both sides equal? Well, you need to find some values for X and Y so that they become equal when you plug X values wherever X and Y are.

Here, some of the solutions are given, but we need to check after plugging them in it makes both sides of the equation equal. (like 1 = 1 , 2 = 2, BUT if you get 1 = 2, or 3 = 4 it is clear that it is false and hence the values of X or Y or both are wrong and hence, not the solution[s] )
• is it just me or am i just really dumb? nothing makes sense • By now you should be familiar with the concept of testing solutions to equations by using substitution. If you are asked if a point is a solution to an equation, we replace the variables with the given values and see if the 2 sides of the equation are equal (so is a solution), or not equal (so not a solution).

A solution to a system of equations means the point must work in both equations in the system. So, we test the point in both equations. It must be a solution for both to be a solution to the system.

Hope this helps.
• • The example in the video is about as simple as it gets. Neither equation has fractions or decimals.

The video is show you how to determine if an ordered pair (a point) is a solution to a system of equation. Sal has one point that he is testing to see if it is a solution to the system. In order for this to be true, the point must work in both equations (i.e., the 2 sides of each equation come out equal). He does the test by substituting the values from the ordered pair into each equation and simplifying.
-- The point works in the 1st equation.
-- The point did not work in the 2nd equation.
This tells us the point in on the line created by the first equation, but it is not a point on the line created by the 2nd equation. Remember, to be solution to the system, the point must work for both equations. Since it didn't, the point is not a solution to the system.

Hope this helps.
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