Maria wants to solve the following system using the elimination method: 4x + 9y = 59 x + y = 17 What number should the equation x + y = 17 be multiplied by to eliminate y?

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Maria wants to solve the following system using the elimination method: 4x + 9y = 59 x + y = 17 What number should the equation x + y = 17 be multiplied by to eliminate y?

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you have 9y in the first equation - so what should we multiply equation 2 by?
we have y in the second equation and we want it to be 9y

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that correct - so when you add the equations the y will be eliminated
you could also multiply by 9 and subtract but its not usually recommended as subtracting , especially if there are negative terms, is not so easy
thank you so much @welshfella
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