Science:Math Exam Resources/Courses/MATH152/April 2011/Question B 06 (b)
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Question B 06 (b) 

Consider the linear systems described below. In cases (a)(d), write a single, possible reduced row echelon form of the augmented matrix of the system. Two equations in three unknowns with solutions where t is a parameter. 
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Two equations and three unknowns, what does that mean for the size of the matrix we are looking for? 
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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. We have 2 equations in 3 unknowns so the original matrix is . Such a system always has infinitely many solutions and hence at least one free variable. Denote the components of the solution vector x as , , and . The solution we are given suggests x_{3} = t as the free variable. Further Therefore or . This means we can write our augmented matrix as 