Science:Math Exam Resources/Courses/MATH152/April 2013/Question A 06
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Question A 06 

Is it possible for three vectors in to be linearly independent? Briefly justify your answer. 
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Hint 

Try to formulate this in term of a linear system of equations. 
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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. Suppose we have three vectors over say
for fixed a,b,c,d,e,f. These vectors are linearly independent if we can write
and have x=y=z=0 be the only solution. We can write this as a system of linear equations given by:
This is a system of two equations and three unknowns (given by x,y, and z). This always has a nontrivial solution (i.e. for any value of z, I can always find an x and y that solve this) and therefore x=y=z=0 is not the only solution. The answer then is that 3 vectors are always linearly dependent in 