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# Solving Systems of Linear Equations

on the TI-89

In AP Calculus, we aren't often called upon to solve systems of equations, which means that
when it happens we are usually "rusty" on using Kramer's Rule, Gaussian Elimination, and
other techniques. On the TI-89, you can use the solve() command (among other methods) to
solve systems of linear equations - when you need it, it can be a real timesaver!

## "Normal" syntax for solve() is:

solve(equation, variable)

To use solve() to solve a system of linear equations, you separate each equation with "and",
and enclose a comma-separated list of variables by curly brackets "{}".

solve(equation 1 and equation 2 and equation 3 ... , {variable 1, variable2, variable3, ...})

x + 2y = 3

2x - y = 1

Type:

Note:

"{" is .

## For a more "interesting" example, consider problem

51 on page 249 of the Stewart text (Section 4.3)"

## "Find a cubic equation f(x) = ax3 + bx2 + cx + d

that has a local maximum value of 3 at -2 and a
local minimum of 0 at 1."

## A straightforward solution of this problem leads to

a system of 4 equations with 4 unknowns:

a+b+c+d=0

-8a + 4b - 2c + d = 3

12a - 4b + c = 0

3a + 2b + c = 0

## solve(a + b + c + d = 0 and -8a + 4b - 2c + d = 3

and 12a - 4b + c = 0 and 3a + 2b + c = 0, {a,b,c,d})

Giving: