MATH307 December 2010
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Question 02 (b)
(b) Write down a basis for N(A).
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The null space N(A) is the set of vectors x such that Ax = 0. To find a basis for N(A) rewrite the matrix rref(A) as a system of linear equations and solve for the unknowns.
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Considering with . From the above rref, with and free, the following equations can be derived:
If we for example let = = 1, then a basis for N(A) is given by
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