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$$\text{If 3a + b + c = -3, a+3b+c = 9, a+b+3c = 19, then find abc. }$$

Jul 18, 2019

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this is my geuss

a=-1

b=3

c=19/3

Travisio

Jul 18, 2019
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Nope, it's incorrect. I have one more try, though.

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3a + b + c  =  -3    (1)

a  + 3b + c  = 9       (2)

a + b +  3c  =  19     (3)

Multiply (1) through by -3   and we get   -9a - 3b - 3c  = 9

Add this to  (2)   and we get that  -8a - 2c  = 18    (4)

Multiply  (3)  through by -3  and we get that -3a - 3b -9c  = -57

Add this to (2)  and we get that  -2a - 8c  = -48   (5)

Add (4)  and (5)  and we get that

-10a - 10c   = -30      divide through by -10

a + c  = 3

Sub this into (2)  to find b

3b + 3  = 9

3b = 6

b = 2

And since  a + c  = 3      then c = 3 - a

Sub this into (3) to find a

a + 2 + 3(3 - a)  = 19

a + 2 + 9 - 3a  = 19

-2a + 11  = 19

-2a   = 8

a  = - 4

And using (1)

3(-4) + 2 + c = -3

-10 + c  = -3

c = 7

So  {a, b, c}  =  { -4, 2, 7 }

So   abc   =  (-4)(2)(7)  =  -56   Jul 18, 2019