# Evaluate 27a+ 28b + 29c + 30d

#### anemone

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Given the system of equation below:

$a + 2b + 3c + 4d = 262$

$4a + b + 2c + 3d = 123$

$3a + 4b + c + 2d = 108$

$2a + 3b + 4c + d = 137$

Evaluate $27a+ 28b + 29c + 30d$.

#### MarkFL

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Hello anemone! My solution:

If we multiply the first equation by 18, and the rest by 13, and then add them together, we obtain:

$$\displaystyle 135a+140b+145c+150d=9500$$

Dividing through by 5, we then get:

$$\displaystyle 27a+28b+29c+30d=1900$$

#### DreamWeaver

##### Well-known member
Hello anemone! My solution:

If we multiply the first equation by 18, and the rest by 13, and then add them together, we obtain:

$$\displaystyle 135a+140b+145c+150d=9500$$

Dividing through by 5, we then get:

$$\displaystyle 27a+28b+29c+30d=1900$$

Flippin' heck!!!!   Nicely done, Mark...

#### anemone

##### MHB POTW Director
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Hello anemone! My solution:

If we multiply the first equation by 18, and the rest by 13, and then add them together, we obtain:

$$\displaystyle 135a+140b+145c+150d=9500$$

Dividing through by 5, we then get:

$$\displaystyle 27a+28b+29c+30d=1900$$
Hello MarkFL! Thanks for participating and hey, your solution is smarter and neater than mine! Bravo, Mark!

My solution:

$10(a + b + c + d) = 630$ and this gives $a + b + c + d=63$.

But we're asked to evaluate $27a + 28b + 29c + 30d$, and $27a + 28b + 29c + 30d=30(a+b+c+d)-(3a+2b+c)$.

So now our effort should be focused on finding the value for $3a+2b+c$.

Since $4(63)=252=262-10$, we could write

$4(a+ b + c + d)=a + 2b + 3c + 4d-10$

$3a+ 2b + c=-10$

and therefore $27a + 28b + 29c + 30d=30(63)-(-10)=1900$.

#### MarkFL

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...your solution is smarter and neater than mine! Bravo, Mark!... Thanks, but...I left out the part where I explicitly solved a 4X4 linear system to determine what I needed to multiply the equations by so that I got what I needed. ##### Well-known member
Hello MarkFL! Thanks for participating and hey, your solution is smarter and neater than mine! Bravo, Mark!

My solution:

$10(a + b + c + d) = 630$ and this gives $a + b + c + d=63$.

But we're asked to evaluate $27a + 28b + 29c + 30d$, and $27a + 28b + 29c + 30d=30(a+b+c+d)-(3a+2b+c)$.

So now our effort should be focused on finding the value for $3a+2b+c$.

Since $4(63)=252=262-10$, we could write

$4(a+ b + c + d)=a + 2b + 3c + 4d-10$

$3a+ 2b + c=-10$

and therefore $27a + 28b + 29c + 30d=30(63)-(-10)=1900$.

anemone has mentioned 27a+28b+29c+30d=30(a+b+c+d)−(3a+2b+c).

I proceed as
27a+28b+29c+30d=26(a+b+c+d)+(a+2b+3c+4d)

= 63 * 26 + 262 = 1990

#### Jester

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MHB Math Helper Thanks, but...I left out the part where I explicitly solved a 4X4 linear system to determine what I needed to multiply the equations by so that I got what I needed. A magician never shows how they do their tricks 