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How do you solve this system of equations ($c$ and $v$ are constants):

$\beta\left(\beta+v\gamma\right)=1$

$c^2\gamma(\beta+v\gamma)=-v$

I somehow seem to be stuck and just can't figure out how to solve them in an effective way.

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  • $\begingroup$ If $\beta$ and $\gamma$ are your unknowns, then your system ain't linear. $\endgroup$ Sep 29, 2016 at 20:20
  • $\begingroup$ @IvanNeretin Oh yeah, I inadvertently put "linear" in the title. I fixed it. $\endgroup$ Sep 29, 2016 at 20:22
  • $\begingroup$ Have you tried solving the first equation for $\gamma$ and then substituting into the second? $\endgroup$
    – cdwe
    Sep 29, 2016 at 20:24

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Hint:

From the first equation you have $$ \gamma=\frac{1-\beta^2}{v\beta} $$

so the second equation becomes: $$ c^2(1-\beta^2)=-v^2\beta^2 $$

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  • $\begingroup$ For $\nu=0$ we have $\beta^2=1$ and $c\gamma=0$. Of course $\beta$ can't be zero. $\endgroup$ Sep 29, 2016 at 21:03

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