STEYNING & DISTRICT U3A
Discovering Mathematics
Session 4
Simultaneous Equations
Two equations with common unknowns can be solved by elimination
or by substitution.
Eg. i) Eqn a) 10x + 3y = 2 and Eqn. b) 2x + 2y = 6
By inspection we see that multiplying b) by 5 & subtracting a) from b)
We have ;
10x + 10y = 30
10x + 3y = 2
subtract
7y = 28
and y = 4
Find x by substituting y in b); 2x + 8 = 6, 2x = -2 and x = -1
ii) Solve
a) x + 2y = 7 &
b) 4x – 3y = 6 by substitution.
From a) x = 7 – 2y
Substitute x in b)
4(7 – 2y) – 3y = 6
or 28 – 8y – 3y = 6
or 28 – 11y = 6
By transposing ; 22 = 11y
or y = 2
Replacing the value of y in a);
x + 4 = 7 or x = 3
Solving Simultaneous Equations with Graphs
y = 7 – 2x
If x = 0, y = 7
y = 0, x = 3.5
8
7
Y = 7- 2x
6
5
4
Y=3+x
Y = 4.33
y=3+x
If x = 0, y = 3
x = 4, y = 7
Y
3
2
X = 1.33
1
0
-1 0
-2
1
2
3
4
5
X
The x & y values where the lines intersect is the solution.
In this case x = 1.33 and y = 4.33
Applying the Principle
i) I have a number of pencils (p) to be placed in jars (j).
If I put 4 pencils in each jar, I have 1 jar left over.
If I put 3 pencils in each jar, I am left with 1 spare pencil.
How many jars and pencils?
j = p/4 + 1
4j = p + 4 or p = 4j – 4
So 4j – 3j = 1 + 4 j = 5
&
substitute
&
p = 3j + 1
4j – 4 = 3j + 1
p = 3x5 + 1 p = 16
ii) With 9 pencils in each jar, I have 2 jars empty.
With 6 pencils in each jar, I have 3 spare pencils.
j = p/9 + 2
&
p = 6j + 3
9j = p + 18 or p = 9j – 18 substitute 9j – 18 = 6j + 3
So 9j – 6j = 3 – 18, ie 3j = 21 & j = 7
p = 6x7 + 3 p = 45
Quadratic Equations
If possible, quadratic equations should be solved by factorisation.
Eg i) x2 + 6x + 8 = 0 is of the form of ax2 + bx + c = 0
this should factorise to (ax + ?)(x + ??)
a=1. b=6 and c=8
The factors of b are 6, 1, 3, 2 & of c are 8, 1, 4, 2
Try (x + 8)(x + 1) = x2 + 8x + x + 8 = 0 Wrong!
Try (x + 4)(x + 2) = x2 + 4x + 2x + 8 = 0
x2 + 6x + 8 = 0 Correct. So x+4=0 or x+2=0 & x = -4 or -2
2x2 - 7x - 15 = 0
Factors of 15 are 5, 3, 15, 1
Try (2x + 5)(x – 3) = 2x2 + 5x - 6x - 15 = 0 Wrong!
Try (2x + 3)(x – 5) = 2x2 + 3x - 10x - 15 = 0
2x2 - 7x -15 = 0 Correct. & 2x+3=0 or x-5=0 so x = -3/2 or +5
ii)
Quadratic Equations
At school we were taught a formula for the solution of those
quadratic equations which couldn’t be factorised.
We can derive it from very basic algebraic principles.
The standard equation is : ax2 + bx + c = 0
Divide throughout by a, we get ; x2 +bx/a + c/a = 0
Rearranging this we get ; x2 +bx/a = -c/a
Add (b/2a)2 to both sides, we have .
x2 +bx/a + (b/2a)2 = -c/a + (b/2a)2
The left side may now be factorised to give ;
(x + b/2a)2 = -c/a + b2/4a2 = (-4ac + b2)/4a2
If we now take the square root of each side, we have ;
x + b/2a = +- √(-4ac + b2)/2a
So
x = [-b +- √( b2 - 4ac )]/2a
Quadratic Equations (continued)
Try;
5x2 +4x – 3 = 0
and x = [-b +- √( b2 - 4ac )]/2a
Then x = [-4 +- √( 42 – 4x5x-3 )]/2x5
x = [-4 +- √( 16 + 60 )]/10 = [-4 +- √(76)]/10
√(76) is somewhere between 8 & 9, ie approx. 8.7,
so x = (-4 + 8.7)/10 = 0.47 or -12.7/10 = -1.27
Solving Quadratic Equations by graphical means.
X
-4
X2
-3
-2 0
2
3
4
16 9
4
0
4
9
16
-x
4
3
2
0
-2
-3
-4
-6
-6
-6
-6 -6
-6
-6
-6
X2 –x -6
14 6
0
-4
0
6
-6
To solve the equation x2 –x -6 = 0
Make the equation = y.
Plot x against y.
Then solutions occur where the
curve intersects the x – axis.
Y-Values
15
In this case:
x = -2 & +3
ie (x+2)(x-3) = 0
or x2 +2x–3x -6 = 0
x2 –x -6 = 0
10
5
X-Values
-6
-4
0
-2
-5
-10
0
2
4
6
STATISTICS
Who said:
“There are three kinds of lies; lies, damned lies and
statistics”.
The statement was attributed to Disraeli in Mark Twain’s
autobiography. (1924)
but an anonymous version occurred earlier in
The Economic Journal (1892).
Guardian Headline 1st June 2013
“Ministers misusing statistics to mislead voters must pay”.
Statistics (continued 1)
Statistics is the collection, organization and presentation of
data.
There are several methods of presenting statistical data,
Eg. Tabular Form, Bar Charts, Histograms, Pie Charts, Line
Graphs, etc..
Statistics (continued 2)
Tabular Form
Series 1 Series 2 Series 3
Category 1
4.3
2.4
Category 2
2.5
4.4
Category 3
3.5
1.8
Category 4
4.5
2.8
2
2
3
5
Bar Charts
6
5
4
3
2
1
0
Series 1
Series 2
Series 3
Category Category Category Category
1
2
3
4
Statistics (continued 3)
Pie Charts
Sales
1st Qtr
2nd Qtr
3rd Qtr
4th Qtr
8.2
3.2
1.4
1.2
Sales
1st Qtr
2nd Qtr
3rd Qtr
4th Qtr
Statistics (continued 4)
Line Graphs
Category 1
Category 2
Category 3
Category 4
Series 1 Series 2 Series 3
4.3
2.4
2.5
4.4
3.5
1.8
4.5
2.8
2
2
3
5
14
12
10
8
Series 3
6
Series 2
4
Series 1
2
0
Category Category Category Category
1
2
3
4
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