Science:Math Exam Resources/Courses/MATH152/April 2010/Question A 27
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Question A 27 

Suppose that A is an invertible matrix and b is a column vector with 8 entries. Both A and b have been entered into MATLAB. What commands would you use to compute the vector x that solves the linear system 
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Hint 

What is the special Matlab command for solving a linear system? 
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Solution 

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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. If we have a linear system then Matlab can solve this via the \ operator. Therefore if we type x=A\b; then the vector x produced by Matlab is the solution to the linear system. (Note that this is not a typo. The command is A\b and not b\A) Note. Since A is invertible, it is possible to get the solution by typing x=inv(A)*b; but you are generally discouraged from using the inv() operation in Matlab to solve linear systems. (That's because calculating the inverse of a matrix A is an overkill here, there is faster ways of finding x that don't require the matrix inverse.) 