# SOLVING LINEAR EQUATIONS WORD PROBLEMS USING ELIMINATION METHOD

Solving Linear Equations Word Problems Using Elimination Method :

In this section, we will learn solving linear equations word problems.

## Solving Linear Equations Word Problems Using Elimination Method

Example 1 :

Form the pair of linear equations in the following problems, and find their solutions (if they exists) by the elimination method:

(i) If we add 1 to the numerator and subtract 1 from the denominator, a fraction reduces to 1, it becomes 1/2 if we only add 1 to the denominator. What is the fraction?

Solution :

Let “x/y” be the required fraction

x – Numerator

y – Denominator

(x + 1)/(y – 1)  =  1

(x + 1)  =  (y - 1)

x – y  =  -1- 1

x – y  =  -2 ---------(1)

x/(y  + 1)  =  1/2

2 x  =  (y + 1)

2 x – y  =  1  ---------(2)

(1) - (2)   x – y  =  -2

2 x – y  =  1

(-)   (+)   (-)

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-x  =  -3  ==>  x  =  3

By applying the value of x in (2), we get

2(3) – y = 1

6 – y = 1

6 - 1  =  y

y  =  5

So, the required fraction is 3/5

Example 2 :

Five years ago, Nuri was thrice as old as sonu. Ten years later, Nuri will be twice as old as Sonu. How old are Nuri and Sonu ?

Solution :

Let “x” be the present age of Nuri

Let “y” be the present age of Sonu

Five years ago:

Nuri’s age = x – 5

Sonu’s age = y – 5

(x – 5)  =  3 (y – 5)

x – 5  =  3y – 15

x – 3y  =  -15 + 5

x – 3 y  =  -10 -----(1)

Ten years later:

Nuri’s age  =  x + 10

Sonu’s age  =  y + 10

(x + 10)  =  2 (y + 10)

x + 10  =  2 y + 20

x – 2 y  =  20 – 10

x – 2 y  =  10 ------(2)

(1) - (2)  ==>  x – 3 y  =  -10

x – 2 y  =  10

(-)   (+)   (-)

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-y  =  -20  ==>  y  =  20

By applying the value of y in (2), we get

x - 2(20)  =  10

x – 40  =  10

x  =  10 + 40

x  =  50

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