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1/3y+ y + 1/3x-y=3/4

1/2(3x+y)-1/2(3x-y)=-1/8

Solve for x and y

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Let 1/3x + y = a , and 1/3x - y = b ,

a + b = 3/4 -----------------> (1)

4a + 4b = 3 -------------> (1)

also ,



a/2 - b/2 = -1/8

(a - b)/2 = -1/8

a - b = -1/4

4a - 4b = -1 ---------------------------> (2)

Adding equations (1) and (2) :-

4a + 4b = 3

4a - 4b = -1
--------------------

8a = 2

a = 2/8

a = 1/4

4a - 4b = -1

4*1/4 - 4b = -1

1 - 4b = -1

4b = 1 + 1

4b = 2

b = 2/4

b = 1/2

1/3x + y = a

1/3x + y = 1/4

3x + y = 4 -----------------> (3)

1/3x - y = b

1/3x - y = 1/2

3x - y = 2 -----------------> (2)

Adding equations (3) and (4) :-

3x + y = 4
3x - y = 2
--------------------------

6x = 6

x = 1

3x + y = 4
3*1 + y = 4

y = 4 - 3 = 1

Hence,

x = 1 , y = 1



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