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12-30.

Juanita wants to solve the following problem using matrices, but is not sure how.

The cost of $2$ pencils, $2$ pens, and $2$ erasers is $2.46$. The cost of $2$ pencils, $5$ pens, and $1$ eraser is $4.38$. The cost of $1$ pencil, $1$ pen, and $2$ erasers is $1.38$. Find the cost of each item.

1. Explain what she should do.

Think about how you would write an equation for each sentence.
What would your system of equations look like?
Where $x = \text{cost of } 1 \text{ pencil}$, $y = \text{cost of } 1 \text{ pen}$, $z = \text{cost of } 1 \text{ eraser}$.
Solve for $x$, $y$, and $z$ using your calculator.See problem 12-19 if you need more help.