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As TJ Meneses knows, a bug for this has been filed years ago against OpenOffice.org. The same bug for LibreOffice was also filed in mid 2011 but doesn't get any love.

Unfortunately, I cannot provide a way of circumventing the bug inside LibreOffice. I still use Calc for my courses if they don't require a linear solver. For the rest, the sole solution I found was to use other tools.

Gnumeric serves rather nicely and is free software. Using a dedicated linear solver like lpsolve, glpk or coin OR is another alternative. Finally, if closed source is an option, Excel does the job quite well and can nowadays also be installed comfortably in Linux environments using frontends for wine like playonlinux.