## Algebra: A Combined Approach (4th Edition)

$x = -1$ and $y=-3$
Given the equations $5x - y = -2$ and $y = 3x$ Substituting the $y$ in the first equation, we have: $5x - y = -2 \longrightarrow 5x - 3x = -2$ Therefore, we have: $5x - 3x = -2 \longrightarrow 2x = -2 \longrightarrow x = \dfrac{-2}{2}\longrightarrow x = -1$ Substituting $x$ in the second equation, we have: $y = 3x \longrightarrow y = 3(-1) \longrightarrow y = -3$ Verifying: First equation: $5x - y = -2 \longrightarrow 5(-1) - (-3) = -2 \longrightarrow -5 + 3 = -2 \longrightarrow -2 = -2$ Second equation: $y = 3x \longrightarrow -3 = 3(-1) \longrightarrow -3=-3$ Therefore the solution is: $x = -1$ and $y=-3$