Science:Math Exam Resources/Courses/MATH307/April 2012/Question 03
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Suppose that A is a 3 x 4 matrix and
For each of the following, either find what is asked for, or indicate that there is insufficient information to determine it:
(i) the rank of A,
(ii) a basis for N(A),
(iii) a basis for R(A),
(iv) a basis for N(AT),
(v) a basis for R(AT).
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(i) The rank of A is determined by the number of pivots in rref(A). Therefore, the rank of A is 2.
(ii) A basis for N(A) is determined by inspecting the free variables of rref(A), which are 2 and 4.
Let and . So, and . Then we can write:
Therefore, a basis for N(A) is and .
(iii) A basis for R(A) are the columns of A corresponding to the pivot columns of rref(A). Since we don’t know A, we cannot determine a basis for R(A).
(iv) A basis for N(AT) is determined by inspecting the free variables of rref(AT). Since we don’t know rref(AT), we cannot determine a basis for N(AT).
(v) A basis for R(AT) are the rows of rref(A) that correspond to the pivots. Therefore a basis for R(AT) is and .