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**truster****Member**- Registered: 2005-12-09
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I need help with solving the matrix, I googled but I just don't understand. Found a good site (http://www.purplemath.com/modules/mtrxinvr.htm) but my English isn't that great.

I really want to know how to solve the matrix, please can anyone solve this with the details attached; so I can see how you did it.

The matrix I want to solve goes like this:

5A+3B-2C=51

5A+2B-4C=37

3A+ B+2C=29

I don't know if this is die-hard for 'the math is fun forum', but I'm just a curious beginner, please help me out.

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**mathsyperson****Moderator**- Registered: 2005-06-22
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I don't know about matrices, but this just looks like a simultaneous equation.

There might be a better way of solving this, but I'd do it like this:

Rearrange equation 3: B = 29 - 3A - 2C

Substitute into equation 2:

5A + 2(29 - 3A - 2C) - 4C = 37

A + 8C = 21

A = 21 - 8C

Substitute into equation 1:

5(21 - 8C) + 3(29 - 3(21 - 8C) - 2C) - 2C = 51

105 - 40C + 87 - 189 + 72C - 6C - 2C = 51

24C = 48

C = 2

Use C to find A:

A = 21 - 8*2 = 5

Use A and C to find B:

B = 29 - 3*5 - 2*2 = 10

So, **A = 5, B = 10, C = 2.**

As I said, there's probably an shorter way that I don't know about.

Why did the vector cross the road?

It wanted to be normal.

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**truster****Member**- Registered: 2005-12-09
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well ,we are here to learn, now im curious about the shorter 'matrix' way.. thanks

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