# Simultaneous Equations (1)

As many users have not been exposed to complex numbers, I will post the solutions to the problems assuming that all variables used are real. However, please feel free to solve these problems over the complex numbers and post your solutions!

Problem 1. Solve

\left\{\begin{aligned}y^2&=x^3-3x^2+2x&\quad(1)\\x^2&=y^3-3y^2+2y&\quad(2)\end{aligned}\right.

Solution. $(1)-(2)$:

$-(x^2-y^2)=(x^3-y^3)-(3x^2-3y^2)+(2x-2y)$

$-(x+y)(x-y)=(x-y)(x^2+xy+y^2)-(3x+3y)(x-y)+2(x-y)$

$(x-y)(x^2+xy+y^2-3x-3y+2+x+y)=0$

$(x-y)[x^2+(y-2)x+(y^2-2y+2)]=0$

Case 1. $x-y=0\implies x=y$. Substituting $x=y$ into $(2)$, we have

$y^2=y^3-3y^2+2y$

$y(y^2-4y+2)=0$

Case 1a. $y=0$. Since $x=y$, $\boxed{x=y=0}$.

Case 1b. $y^2-4y+2=0$.

$y = \frac{-(-4)\pm\sqrt{(-4)^2-4(1)(2)}}{2(1)}$

$=2\pm\sqrt{2}$

Since $x=y$, $\boxed{x=y=2\pm\sqrt{2}}$.

Case 2. $x^2+(y-2)x+(y^2-2y+2)]=0$.

$\text{Discriminant}\,= (y-2)^2-4(1)(y^2-2y+2)$

$=y^2-4y+4-4y^2+8y-8$

$=-3y^2+4y-4$

$=-3\left(y^2-\frac{4}{3}y\right)-4$

$=-3\left[y^2-\frac{4}{3}y+\left(\frac{2}{3}\right)^2-\left(\frac{2}{3}\right)^2\right]-4$

$=-3\left[\left(y-\frac{2}{3}\right)^2-\frac{4}{9}\right]-4$

$=-3\left(y-\frac{2}{3}\right)^2+\frac{4}{3}-4$

$=-3\left(y-\frac{2}{3}\right)^2-\frac{8}{3}<0$

Since we are solving this problem over the reals, Case 2 is rejected.

Hence, $\boxed{x=y=0}$ and $\boxed{x=y=2\pm\sqrt{2}}$.

Problem 2. Solve

\left\{\begin{aligned}5x^2+4y^2-10x+5y&=0&\quad(3)\\4x^2+5y^2+5x-10y&=0&\quad(4)\end{aligned}\right.

Problem 3. Solve

\left\{\begin{aligned}x+y-z&=4&\quad(5)\\x^2+y^2-z^2&=12&\quad(6)\\x^3+y^3-z^3&=34&\quad(7)\end{aligned}\right.

Problem 4. Solve

\left\{\begin{aligned}xy+yz+zx&=1&\quad(8)\\yz+zt+ty&=1&\quad(9)\\zt+tx+xz&=1&\quad(10)\\tx+xy+yt&=1&\quad(11)\end{aligned}\right.

Problem 5. Solve

\left\{\begin{aligned}(x+y)(x+z)&=x&\quad(12)\y+z)(y+x)&=2y&\quad(13)\\(z+x)(z+y)&=3z&\quad(14)\end{aligned}\right. Note by Victor Loh 6 years, 7 months ago This discussion board is a place to discuss our Daily Challenges and the math and science related to those challenges. Explanations are more than just a solution — they should explain the steps and thinking strategies that you used to obtain the solution. Comments should further the discussion of math and science. When posting on Brilliant: • Use the emojis to react to an explanation, whether you're congratulating a job well done , or just really confused . • Ask specific questions about the challenge or the steps in somebody's explanation. Well-posed questions can add a lot to the discussion, but posting "I don't understand!" doesn't help anyone. • Try to contribute something new to the discussion, whether it is an extension, generalization or other idea related to the challenge. • Stay on topic — we're all here to learn more about math and science, not to hear about your favorite get-rich-quick scheme or current world events. MarkdownAppears as *italics* or _italics_ italics **bold** or __bold__ bold - bulleted- list • bulleted • list 1. numbered2. list 1. numbered 2. list Note: you must add a full line of space before and after lists for them to show up correctly paragraph 1paragraph 2 paragraph 1 paragraph 2 [example link](https://brilliant.org)example link > This is a quote This is a quote  # I indented these lines # 4 spaces, and now they show # up as a code block. print "hello world" # I indented these lines # 4 spaces, and now they show # up as a code block. print "hello world" MathAppears as Remember to wrap math in \( ...  or $ ... $ to ensure proper formatting.
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Problem 1. Solve

\left\{\begin{aligned}y^2&=x^3-3x^2+2x&\quad(1)\\x^2&=y^3-3y^2+2y&\quad(2)\end{aligned}\right.

Solution. $(1)-(2)$:

$-(x^2-y^2)=(x^3-y^3)-(3x^2-3y^2)+(2x-2y)$

$-(x+y)(x-y)=(x-y)(x^2+xy+y^2)-(3x+3y)(x-y)+2(x-y)$

$(x-y)(x^2+xy+y^2-3x-3y+2+x+y)=0$

$(x-y)[x^2+(y-2)x+(y^2-2y+2)]=0$

Case 1. $x-y=0\implies x=y$. Substituting $x=y$ into $(2)$, we have

$y^2=y^3-3y^2+2y$

$y(y^2-4y+2)=0$

Case 1a. $y=0$. Since $x=y$, $\boxed{x=y=0}$.

Case 1b. $y^2-4y+2=0$.

$y = \frac{-(-4)\pm\sqrt{(-4)^2-4(1)(2)}}{2(1)}$

$=2\pm\sqrt{2}$

Since $x=y$, $\boxed{x=y=2\pm\sqrt{2}}$.

Case 2. $x^2+(y-2)x+(y^2-2y+2)]=0$.

$\text{Discriminant}\,= (y-2)^2-4(1)(y^2-2y+2)$

$=y^2-4y+4-4y^2+8y-8$

$=-3y^2+4y-4$

$=-3\left(y^2-\frac{4}{3}y\right)-4$

$=-3\left[y^2-\frac{4}{3}y+\left(\frac{2}{3}\right)^2-\left(\frac{2}{3}\right)^2\right]-4$

$=-3\left[\left(y-\frac{2}{3}\right)^2-\frac{4}{9}\right]-4$

$=-3\left(y-\frac{2}{3}\right)^2+\frac{4}{3}-4$

$=-3\left(y-\frac{2}{3}\right)^2-\frac{8}{3}<0$

Since we are solving this problem over the reals, Case 2 is rejected.

Hence, $\boxed{x=y=0}$ and $\boxed{x=y=2\pm\sqrt{2}}$.

- 6 years, 7 months ago

When solving system of equations of the form $x = f(y) , y = f(x)$, it is often very tempting to conclude that the only solution occurs when $x = y$.

What we actually have, is $f(f(x)) = x$, and so we are interested in the cases where $f(x) = f^{-1} (x)$. If you can accurately plot this graph, you can then find all such solutions to this equation.

Otherwise, take the approach as Victor did, where you subtract the 2 equations and factor out $(x - y)$. If you believe that the only solutions occur when $x = y$, then you just need to show that the dividend has no (real) roots.

Staff - 6 years, 7 months ago

Do you think I should continue to post the solutions as comments? Depending on the number of upvotes of each solution, the solutions will not be arranged in chronological order.

- 6 years, 7 months ago

I guess I'll post the solution of each problem below the problem itself.

- 6 years, 7 months ago

I do not think that the solutions need to be displayed in order.

I think that posting the solution below the problem makes it disruptive to seeing the entire list. I would prefer if you simply posted the solution as comments, or at the end of the note.

Staff - 6 years, 7 months ago

This is a nice set of problems to work on. The tricky part is justifying that one has indeed found all of the solutions. Try solving these problems over the reals and over the complex numbers, and see how your solution differs. The first problem is a great example!

Staff - 6 years, 7 months ago

Subtracting the equations in $1$,we get a factorization.One of the factors yields a solution,and looking at the discriminant of the other one yields no solutions(real).

- 6 years, 7 months ago

Indeed, justifying that one has indeed found all of the solutions is the tricky part. As many other users have not been exposed to complex numbers, I will post the solutions to the problems assuming that all variables used are real. However, other users may feel free to solve these problems over the complex numbers and post their own solutions.

- 6 years, 7 months ago

Thanks! Often, the real case gives insight into the approach.

And of course, we can then ask, what are the solutions over the quarternions? Over the matrices? It never ends :)

Staff - 6 years, 7 months ago

FIRST ONE IS X=Y fourth one is x=y=z=t

- 6 years, 7 months ago

Problem 1: y^2=x(x-1)(x-2) and x^2=y(y-1)(y-2). x=y=0. (if there is only one solution) Problem 2: x=y=0. (if that is the only solution) Problem 3: (x,y,z)-->(2,3,1) or (3,2,1) Problem 4: t=x=y=z=sqrt(1/3) Problem 5: x=y=z=0 I assume there is only 1 solution for all. very dangerous. Anyway, I'm actually 12, and i'm going RI too! Hope to see you soon, Victor and Srivathsan Veeramani.

- 6 years, 7 months ago

Good luck aloysius to get into RI quite surprised you knowthis at a young age I only learnt this recently but I feel that these sums will come in smo round 1 which does not requre methods and sometimes it is quite obvious like qs 1 that x=y and I am too lazy to write the method.anyway you have solved it correctly and congrats.Good luck and have fun in RI.

- 6 years, 7 months ago

There are actually several solution sets to question 1. If we were restricted to the real, then there are 3 solutions with $x = y$. If we include the complex numbers, then there are 6 solutions and $x \neq y$.

With these questions, you should think beyond finding the obvious answer, and trying to ensure that you could find all possible solutions.

Staff - 6 years, 7 months ago

(3).

x+y=4+z $x^{2}+y^{2}=12+z^{2}$

After this we can find xy, and hence $x^{3}+y^{3}$ in terms of z. Comparing with the third equation will give a cubic equation.

- 6 years, 7 months ago