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Question 08 (a) 

Consider the matrix a) Find a basis for the column space of A. 
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How can the row reduced version of A help you find the column space? 
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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. The basis of the column space of A are the columns of A corresponding to the linearly independent columns of the rowreduced version of A. We will find the row reduced matrix for A by performing Gaussian elimination as follows:
Add row 1 to row 3; subtract row 1 from row 4. . Add twice row 2 to row 3. . Multiply row 3 by 1/3. . Subtract twice row 3 from row 1; add row 3 to row 4 . The row reduced version of A has columns 1, 2, and 4 as linearly independent vectors. Therefore, the basis of the column space will be the first, second and fourth column of the original matrix A. Hence a basis for the column space is: . 