April 25th, 2014, 02:40 PM  #1 
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3x+5y+z=40 7x+12y+2z=92 find x+y+z 
April 25th, 2014, 02:58 PM  #2 
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Write $u = x + y + z$ and $v = x + 2y$ and solve for $u$ and $v$

April 25th, 2014, 03:27 PM  #3 
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Subtracting twice the second equation from five times the first equation gives x + y + z = 200  184 = 16. 