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Q: What Reduces an equation that has two variables to an equation that has one variable?

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combining like terms or subtracting from both sides of the equation.

well, an equation with one variable is a one step equation and an equation with more than 2 variables is a multi-step equation

When you solve a one-variable equation, your goal is to isolate the variable.To isolate the variable means to make it be alone on one side of the equals sign.In the equation shown here, you can isolate the variable by subtracting 9 from both sides of the equation and simplifying

An equation with two variables . . . seriously!An equation with one variable can be can be solved, but when there are two variables, you need two equations. This is called a system of two equations in two variables.Three equations in three variables, etc.

Such an equation has an infinite set of solutions. You can solve the equation for one variable, in terms of the other. Then, by replacing different values for one of the variables, you can get different solutions.

-- If the equation has only one variable (like 'x' or 'y'), and the only power of the variable anywhere in the equation is '1', then the equation has one solution. -- If the variable appears raised to powers higher than '1', then there are as many solutions as the highest power of the variable. -- If the equation has two or more variables, then there are an infinite number of solutions.

Simultaneous equation* * * * *No, simultaneous equations are two or more equations that have all to be true at the same time (simultaneously) for the solution.An equation with more than one variable is a multivariate equaion.Area = 0.5*Length*Height or a = 0.5*l*h for the area of a triangle has more than one variables, but it is certainly not simultaneous.An equation with a variable is called a single variable equation. An equation that has more than one variable is called as a multi-variable equation. A polynomial equation has one variable in different powers: a common example is quadratic equations.

Simultaneous equation* * * * *No, simultaneous equations are two or more equations that have all to be true at the same time (simultaneously) for the solution.An equation with more than one variable is a multivariate equaion.Area = 0.5*Length*Height or a = 0.5*l*h for the area of a triangle has more than one variables, but it is certainly not simultaneous.An equation with a variable is called a single variable equation. An equation that has more than one variable is called as a multi-variable equation. A polynomial equation has one variable in different powers: a common example is quadratic equations.

1. Elimination: Select two equations and a variable to eliminate. Multiply each equation by the coefficient if that variable in the other equation. If the signs of the coefficient for that variable in the resulting equations are the same then subtract one new equation from the other. If they have opposite signs then add them. You will now have an equation without that variable. Repeat will other pairs and you will end up with one fewer equation and one fewer variable. Repeat this process: after each round you will have one fewer equation and one fewer variable. Keep going until you are left with one equation in one variable. Solve that. Then work backwards solving for the other variables.2. Substitution: Select a equation and a variable. Make that variable the subject of the equation. The right hand side of this equation is an expression for that variable. Substitute this expression for the variable is each of the other equations. Again, one fewer equation in one fewer variable. Continue until you are left with one equation in one variable. Solve that. Then work backwards solving for the other variables.3. Matrix inversion: If A is the nxn matrix of coefficients, X is the nx1 [column] matrix of variables and B is the nx1 matrix of the equation constants, then X = A^-1*B where A^-1 is the inverse of matrix A.

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