system of equations

jacks

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If $$a\;,b\;,x\;,y$$ satisfy $$\begin{Bmatrix} ax+by=4\\\\ ax^2+by^2=-3 \\\\ ax^3+by^3=-3 \\\\ \end{Bmatrix}$$. Then $$(2x-1)(2y-1)=$$

Opalg

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If $$a\;,b\;,x\;,y$$ satisfy $$\begin{Bmatrix} ax+by=4\\\\ ax^2+by^2=-3 \\\\ ax^3+by^3=-3 \\\\ \end{Bmatrix}$$. Then $$(2x-1)(2y-1)=$$
Solve the first two equations for $a$ and $b$. You should get $a = \dfrac{4y+3}{x(y-x)}$, $b = \dfrac{-4x-3}{y(y-x)}.$ Now substitute those values of $a$ and $b$ into the third equation. That should lead to $4xy+3x+3y-3=0.$

At that point I run into trouble. The best that you can deduce about $(2x-1)(2y-1)$ from that last equation is that $(2x-1)(2y-1) = 4-5(x+y)$, which does not seem like a satisfactory answer. If instead the question had asked for $\bigl(2x+\frac32\bigr)\bigl(2y+\frac32\bigr)$ then you could have re-written $4xy+3x+3y-3$ as $\bigl(2x+\frac32\bigr)\bigl(2y+\frac32\bigr) -\frac{21}4$ to give the answer $21/4$, which somehow seems to be more like the sort of conclusion that the question calls for.

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