 # Pair of Linear Equations in Two Variables Class 10 Notes - Chapter 3

## Basics Revisited

### Equation

An equation is a statement that two mathematical expressions having one or more variables are equal.

### Linear Equation

Equations in which the powers of all the variables involved are one are called linear equations. The degree of a linear equation is always one.

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### General form of a Linear Equation in Two Variables

The general form of a linear equation in two variables is ax + by + c = 0, where a and b cannot be zero simultaneously.

### Representing linear equations for a word problem

To represent a word problem as a linear equation

• Identify unknown quantities and denote them by variables.
• Represent the relationships between quantities in a mathematical form, replacing the unknowns with variables.

### Solution of a Linear Equation in 2 variables

The solution of a linear equation in two variables is a pair of values, one for x and the other for y, which makes the two sides of the equation equal.
Eg: If 2x+y=4, then (0,4) is one of its solutions as it satisfies the equation. A linear equation in two variables has infinitely many solutions.

### Geometrical Representation of a Linear Equation

Geometrically, a linear equation in two variables can be represented as a straight line.
2x – y + 1 = 0

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### Plotting a Straight Line

The graph of a linear equation in two variables is a straight line. We plot the straight line as follows: Any additional points plotted in this manner will lie on the same line.

### General form of a pair of linear equations in 2 variables

A pair of linear equations in two variables can be represented as follows The coefficients of x and y cannot be zero simultaneously for an equation.

### Nature of 2 straight lines in a plane

For a pair of straight lines on a plane, there are three possibilities

i) They intersect at exactly one point ii) They are parallel iii) They are coincident ## Graphical Solution

### Representing pair of LE in 2 variables graphically

Graphically, a pair of linear equations in two variables can be represented by a pair of straight lines.

### Graphical method of finding solution of a pair of Linear Equations

Graphical Method  of finding the solution to a pair of linear equations is as follows:

• Plot both the equations (two straight lines)
• Find the point of intersection of the lines.

The point of intersection is the solution.

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## Algebraic Solution

### Finding solution for consistent pair of Linear Equations

The solution of a pair of linear equations is of the form (x,y) which satisfies both the equations simultaneously. Solution for a consistent pair of linear equations can be found out using

i) Elimination method

ii) Substitution Method

iii) Cross-multiplication method

iv) Graphical method

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### Substitution Method of finding solution of a pair of Linear Equations

Substitution method:

y – 2x = 1

x + 2y = 12

(i) express one variable in terms of the other using one of the equations. In this case, y = 2x + 1.

(ii) substitute for this variable (y) in the second equation to get a linear equation in one variable, x. x + 2 × (2x + 1) = 12

⇒ 5 x + 2 = 12

(iii) Solve the linear equation in one variable to find the value of that variable.
5 x + 2 = 12
x = 2

(iv) Substitute this value in one of the equations to get the value of the other variable.

y = 2 × 2 + 1

⇒y = 5

So, (2,5) is the required solution of the pair of linear equations y – 2x = 1 and x + 2y = 12.

### Elimination method of finding solution of a pair of Linear Equations

Elimination method
Consider x + 2y = 8 and 2x – 3y = 2

Step 1: Make the coefficients of any variable the same by multiplying the equations with constants. Multiplying the first equation by 2, we get,

2x + 4y = 16

Step 2: Add or subtract the equations to eliminate one variable, giving a single variable equation.
Subtract second equation from the previous equation
2x + 4y = 16
2x  – 3y =  2
–     +       –
———————–
0(x) + 7y =14
Step 3: Solve for one variable and substitute this in any equation to get the other variable.

y = 2,

x = 8 – 2 y

⇒ x = 8 – 4

⇒ x = 4

(4, 2) is the solution.

### Cross-multiplication Method of finding solution of a pair of Linear Equations

For the pair of linear equations

a1+ b1+ c1=0

a2x + b2y + c2=0,
x and y can be calculated as

x = (b1c2−b2c1)/(a1b2−a2b1)

y = (c1a2−c2a1)/(a1b2−a2b1)

## Solving Linear Equations

### Equations reducible to a pair of Linear Equations in 2 variables

Some equations may be in a form which can be reduced to a linear equation through substitution.

2/x+3/y=4

5/x−4/y=9

In this case, we may make the substitution

1/x = u and 1/y = v

The pair of equations reduces to
2u + 3v = 4
5u – 4v = 9

The above pair of equations may be solved. After solving, back substitute to get the values of x and y.

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