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ACT Math | Elementary Algebra |

ACT Mathematics | Elementary Algebra |

Algebra | Solve systems of equations |

Elementary Algebra | Evaluation of algebraic expressions through substitution Linear equations |

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One-Variable Equations and Inequalities | Solving Equations |

Product Type | ACT Math |

Systems of Equations | Linear and Nonlinear Equations |

We get y equals 20 minus 6x.

Now we just substitute 20 minus 6x anywhere we see a y.

Ok so rewrite the above equation with that substitution and we have

3x plus 40 minus 12x equals 13

Simplify to get negative 9x equals 13 minus 40 or negative 9x equals negative 27; divide

both sides by negative 9 and we get x equals 3.

Phew. Great. Only A and B are possible answers.

Now just plug in 3 for x in the second equation

and we get 6 times 3 is 18... plus y... equals 20.

Now subtract 18 from both sides and we get y equals 2.

Here we go. So boom! The answer is B.