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Question B 1 (a) 

Uno, Duo and Traea are three friends. They all owe money to a loan shark. All together they owe $600. Duo owes $200 more than Uno. Uno and Duo combined owe as much as Traea.

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Express the three statements (1) "All together they owe $600", (2) "Duo owes $200 more than Uno", and (3) "Uno and Duo combined owe as much as Traea" as equations in , , and first. For instance, (1) may be expressed as . 
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Solution 

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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. Note that , , and denote the amount of money Uno, Duo, and Traea owe, respectively. We first express the three statements (1) "All together they owe $600", (2) "Duo owes $200 more than Uno", and (3) "Uno and Duo combined owe as much as Traea" as linear equations in , , and : This system can be rewritten as
Therefore, we find that Note that the rows of the matrix and vector may be freely permuted without affecting the system; thus, for instance, is also a valid answer. 