What is the Elimination Method?

To solve a system of equations using elimination or addition, begin by rewriting both equations in standard form Ax+By=C. Check to see if the coefficients of one pair of like variables add to zero. If not, multiply one or both of the equations by a non-zero number to make one set of like variables add to zero. Add the two equations to solve for one of the variables. Substitute this value into one of the original equations to solve for the other variable. Check your work by substituting into the other equation.

The Elimination Method

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