Both the substitution and elimination methods get rid of one variable. The substitution method would be better if one variable is alone on one side of the equation.
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An example of when the substitution method would be better is for the following system of equations. $y=2x-3$ $2x+5y=17$ Y is on one side (by itself) in the first equation, so we can substitute $2x-3$ into the other equation.