MATH307 December 2012
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Question 01 (b)
In this question we will work with polynomials of degree 3 written
(b) Show that dim(N(A)) = 2 and bind a basis a1, a2 for N(A).
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How does the dimension of the nullspace relate to the number of pivot columns of the matrix?
Recall we can find the nullspace by row-reducing.
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In part (a) we found that
The matrix A has 2 pivot columns and so by rank-nullity theorem
and so there are two basis vectors for the nullspace. To find them we could row reduce A or notice that, at x = 0,
gives . Using the value at x=2
gives . Since neither equation depends on then it is a free variable. Hence, the basis of N(A) is
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