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March 9th, 2017, 05:30 PM  #1 
Member Joined: Nov 2016 From: Ireland Posts: 84 Thanks: 3  Impossible simultaneous?
So I've got this issue. The main issue is an electrical one but at this point it's just math, so I've put it here in this forum. I've ended up with these three equations. $\displaystyle 4 = 20_{i1}  15_{i2}$ eq1. $\displaystyle 0 = 15_{i1} + 33_{i2}  8_{i3}$ eq2. $\displaystyle 6 = 8_{i2} + 20 _{i3}$ eq3. At this point I usually use simultaneous equations to solve the variables. I don't think I can with these one though. Usually I substitute in a zero value like for eq1: $\displaystyle 4 = 20_{i1}  15_{i2}$ becomes $\displaystyle 4 = 20_{i1}  15_{i2} + 0_{i3}$ This time I have to substitute a zero value for Eq3. as well. $\displaystyle 6 = 0_{i1} 8_{i2} + 20 _{i3}$ But here's the issue  then you can't actually multiply zero by anything Neither can you divide a number by anything to actually arrive at zero. So therefore I can't cancel out to solve  if you see what I mean??? Last edited by Kevineamon; March 9th, 2017 at 05:34 PM. 
March 9th, 2017, 05:40 PM  #2 
Member Joined: Nov 2016 From: Ireland Posts: 84 Thanks: 3 
Just looking at it now  silly me. If I just sub in for eq3. cancel out the $\displaystyle _{i3}$ then solve... Is that right?? hmmm... 
March 9th, 2017, 07:10 PM  #3 
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March 10th, 2017, 12:41 AM  #4 
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Do you know how to set it up as an Augmented Matrix? If you do then Row Reduced Echelon Form will give you all the solutions at once. 
March 10th, 2017, 01:48 AM  #5 
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I must learn how to do that Agent. I've seen people do it. Never tried. Yeh Dan these are currents. But as I said the problems simply math at this point. If we said they were XYZ it would be all the same. Hence I posted here. 
March 10th, 2017, 05:51 AM  #6 
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March 10th, 2017, 07:02 AM  #7 
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Since the name of the variable doesn't matter ... $ \ \ \ \ 4 = 20x \  15y $ $ \ \ \ \ 0 = 15x + 33y \  \ 8z$ $  \ 6 = \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \  8y + 20z $ I tried to line up the variable columns the best I could so the LaTex code would show better. Use eq2 and eq3 to eliminate $z$. Multiply eq2 by $5$ , eq3 by $2$ then add them. $ \ \ \ \ \ \ 0 = 75x +165y  40z $ $ 12 = \ \ \ \ \ \ \  \ \ 16y + 40z $ Adding these $2$ equations gives eq4 $ 12 = 75x + 149y $ Now use eq1 and eq4 to eliminate $x$ , as you can see ... this is turning into a mess. I leave it to you. 
March 10th, 2017, 08:52 AM  #8 
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Using a CAS (computer algebra system) I get x = 416/4105, y = 108/821 and z = 579/1642.


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