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Question B 02 (a) 

In the system below, , , and are variables, and and are constants.
(a) Write the system as an augmented matrix. 
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Hint 

An augmented matrix for a system of equations is a matrix in which each row represents the constants from one equation (both the coefficients and the constant on the other side of the equal sign) and each column represents all the coefficients for a single variable. 
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Solution 

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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. Observe that the given linear system is equivalent with
Then, by its definition in the Hint, we can easily find the augmented matrix: . 