John R. answered • 12/21/12

John R: Math, Science, and History Teacher

I am not exactly sure what you are asking, but I will try to answer it from what I understand.

If you are solving a system of equations by elimination method, you will be able to determine if the system has one solution, no solutions, or infinitely many solutions by looking at the coefficients on x and y before adding them. If both x and y are going to cancel out, then you have either no solution or infinitely many solutions. If the constant on the right are going to cancel out (same number with opposite signs) then there are infinitely many solutions (same line). If the constants are not going to cancel out, then there is no solution (parallel lines).