Science:Math Exam Resources/Courses/MATH221/December 2011/Question 01 (b)
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Question 01 (b) 

Consider the system of equations in the variables x_{1}, x_{2}, x_{3}: For those t for which the system is consistent, give the solution set in parametric form. 
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Hint 

You can determine the solution of a system from its rowreduced form. Parametric just means you keep carrying the variable t, so your solution is a general formula that gives the solution of the system in terms of t. 
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Solution 

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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. In the first part of the question, we calculated the row reduced form of the augmented matrix of the system and obtained: For which we saw that unless t = 0, there is always a unique solution (since the matrix has full rank in that case). The third row of the matrix translates into Which is equivalent to (recall that we suppose here that t is NOT equal to 0.) The second row gives and so which gives And finally, the first row gives Substituting for x_{2} and x_{3} we obtain And hence And we obtain that the system has a unique solution (when t is not zero) which depends on t and the solution is 