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 x1, x2, x3:
For those t for which the system is consistent, give the solution set in parametric form.
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You can determine the solution of a system from its row-reduced 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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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 finally, the first row gives
Substituting for x2 and x3 we obtain
And we obtain that the system has a unique solution (when t is not zero) which depends on t and the solution is