There are a number of ways of accomplishing this task.
This is one way that you should

consider using if you do not already have a technique the works reliably. I will

demonstrate this first for a set of two equations in two unknowns and then for
three

equations in three unknowns. If you have a larger set the technique works quite
well but

the amount of time you will need to spend grows quickly.

Solve for x and y .

The first thing I always do is to write the equations in a consistent form. I
like to put the

constant term on the left side and the variables on the right in some sensible
order. In this

case I will use alphabetical order – first x then y. I will also number the
equations so that

I can refer to them easily.

Now I pick one of the two variables to eliminate. I look
for an easy relationship between

the coefficients. In this case the coefficients of the y variable qualify. The
idea is to

multiply one ( or both ) equations by some number ( or pair of numbers ) so that
the two

y coefficients ( because I picked on y ) are equal and opposite. Then when I add
the two

equations ( I can add the same value to both sides of an equation and still have
an

equality. ) the resulting coefficient for y will be zero . I will schematically
represent the

operation in this way

This says that equation (3) will be the sum of equation (1) and 4 times equation
(2). I

will write equation (1) on one line, 4 times equation (2) on the next line, and
then the sum

of the two on the third line.

Now add these to get

The last line is equation (3)

I can solve (3) for x by multiplying both sides by
.

With this value for x in hand I may select either (1) or
(2) and replace x with . I will

choose (2).

And thus we have the values for x and y that satisfy both
of our initial equations. Starting

on the next page I will use the same procedure for a system of three equations
in three

unknowns. I will not put in all of the commentary or all of the steps . See if
you can

supply those for yourself.

Solve this system for values of x, y, and z that satisfy
all three equations simultaneously .

Do what first?

I will choose to get rid of z. I will need to end up with
two equations in the two

unknowns x and y so I must do the procedure twice. I will combine (1) with (2)
and then

I will combine (1) with (3).

Add

or

Repeat for the next pair of equations.

Add

or

Now treat (4) and (5) as a system of two equations in two
unknowns.

Add

From this we see that

Combine (6) with (4) to find x.

Combine (6) and (7) with (3) to find z.

Just for fun you might try these values in (1) and (2) to
see that they do work.