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This tag indicates that several equations (of some type) must all hold. Do not use alone! Use in conjunction with (linear-algebra), (polynomials), (pde), (differential-equations), (inequalities) or another tag that describes the nature of the equations being considered.

A system of equations is a collection of two or more equations with a same set of unknowns. In solving a system of equations, we try to find values for each of the unknowns that will satisfy every equation in the system.

The equations in the system can be linear or non-linear. Linear equations (ones that graph as straight lines) are simpler than non-linear equations, and the simplest linear system is one with two equations and two variables.


In mathematics, the theory of linear systems is the basis and a fundamental part of linear algebra, a subject which is used in most parts of modern mathematics. Computational algorithms for finding the solutions are an important part of numerical linear algebra, and play a prominent role in engineering, physics, chemistry, computer science, and economics.

A system of non-linear equations can often be approximated by a linear system, a helpful technique when making a mathematical model or computer simulation of a relatively complex system.

Other tags in conjunction with this tag should specify, whether the equations of the system are linear, polynomial, ordinary or partial differential equations (or something else). This tag has not fully matured yet. See this meta thread for more opinions and discussion.