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

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. Three equations in three unknowns with no solution. 
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Hint 

Recall that no solution occurs if we have something contradictory or false occurring. Often it is something in the form for some variable and nonzero number . 
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Solution 

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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. We have 3 equations in 3 unknowns so we have a matrix. In order for a solution to not be found we require an impossible statement to occur. One of the most common ways is to have a line which claims for some nonzero number . One such augmented matrix could be Notice in this example, if the solution vector x has components , , and then we are trying to claim that which is never true. Therefore this system has no solution. 