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My teacher today solved this system of equations for us that consisted of these 3 equations,

1)  p0   +   p1   =1

2) a*p0  +  b*p1  =p0

3) c*p0  +  d*p1  =p1

, like this!

First he wrote this equation:

p0= (p1 - d*p1)/c

Second he wrote this equation(THE PROBLEM):

c= p1 - d*p1 + c*p1

And last was this equation :

p1= c/(1 - d + c) 

He did it so fast without really explaining anything and only after lesson I understood that I do not know how did he got the second equation!

Can anyone please explain how did he got the 2nd equation in his offered solution????

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  • $\begingroup$ multiply the first one by $c$ and replace $cp_0$ thanks to the third one $\endgroup$ – Vincent May 5 '16 at 21:19
  • $\begingroup$ @Vincent if doing so I do not get cp1! How can i get cp1? $\endgroup$ – Mārcis Liepiņš May 5 '16 at 21:24
  • $\begingroup$ The first equation is $p_0 + p_1 = 1$ solve this for $p_0$ and plug it into the first equation your teacher derived. Then solve for c. $\endgroup$ – jazzinsilhouette May 5 '16 at 21:26
  • $\begingroup$ I am talking about equation 1), not the first on your list that comes later $\endgroup$ – Vincent May 5 '16 at 21:27
  • $\begingroup$ @Vincent Thanks! Worked! $\endgroup$ – Mārcis Liepiņš May 5 '16 at 21:36
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Rewrite equation 1) by isolating p0. Call the new equation 1a).

p0 + p1 = 1   ==>  p0 = 1 - p1

And rewrite 3) by isolating cp0*. Call the new equation 3a).

c*p0 + d*p1 = p1   ==>  c*p0 = p1 - d*p1

Now substitute the value for p0 found in 1a) into equation 3a).

c*p0 = y - d*p1  ==> c*(1 - p1) = y - d*p1

Simply distribute and isolate c and you are done.

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