Solutions vs Answers
for David L Ragozin's sections of Math 308, Spring 2004
Find numbers x,y which satisfy the equations:
E1 : x + 2y = 1
E2 : 2x + 7y = -1
An answer : x = 3 , y = -1.
A professionals solution : Gaussian elimination yields x = 3 , y = -1.
A solution:Subtract 2 * E1 from E2 to eliminate x, yieldingE1 : x + 2y = 1Divide E'2 by 3 to solve for y:
E'2 : 3y = -3E1 : x + 2y = 1Subtract 2 * E''2 from E1 to eliminate y, yielding the solution
E''2 : y = -1E1 : x = 3
E'''2 : y = -1
Note that the answer provides no reasons, explanations. Although a reader who knows something about equations may be able to check the answer.