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1.9: Exercises

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    Exercise \(\PageIndex{1}\)

    Graphically, find the point \(\left( x_{1},y_{1}\right)\) which lies on both lines, \(x+3y=1\) and \(4x-y=3.\) That is, graph each line and see where they intersect.

    Answer

    \(\begin{array}{c} x+3y=1 \\ 4x-y=3 \end{array}\), Solution is: \(\left[ x=\frac{10}{13},y=\frac{1}{13}\right]\).

    Exercise \(\PageIndex{2}\)

    Graphically, find the point of intersection of the two lines \(3x+y=3\) and \(x+2y=1.\) That is, graph each line and see where they intersect.

    Answer

    \(\begin{array}{c} 3x+y=3 \\ x+2y=1 \end{array}\), Solution is: \(\left[ x=1,y=0\right]\)

    Exercise \(\PageIndex{3}\)

    You have a system of \(k\) equations in two variables, \(k\geq 2\). Explain the geometric significance of

    1. No solution.
    2. A unique solution.
    3. An infinite number of solutions.
    Exercise \(\PageIndex{4}\)

    Consider the following augmented matrix in which \(\ast\) denotes an arbitrary number and \(\blacksquare\) denotes a nonzero number. Determine whether the given augmented matrix is consistent. If consistent, is the solution unique? \[\left[ \begin{array}{ccccc|c} \blacksquare & \ast & \ast & \ast & \ast & \ast \\ 0 & \blacksquare & \ast & \ast & 0 & \ast \\ 0 & 0 & \blacksquare & \ast & \ast & \ast \\ 0 & 0 & 0 & 0 & \blacksquare & \ast \end{array} \right]\]

    Answer

    The solution exists but is not unique.

    Exercise \(\PageIndex{5}\)

    Consider the following augmented matrix in which \(\ast\) denotes an arbitrary number and \(\blacksquare\) denotes a nonzero number. Determine whether the given augmented matrix is consistent. If consistent, is the solution unique? \[\left[ \begin{array}{ccc|c} \blacksquare & \ast & \ast & \ast \\ 0 & \blacksquare & \ast & \ast \\ 0 & 0 & \blacksquare & \ast \end{array} \right]\]

    Answer

    A solution exists and is unique.

    Exercise \(\PageIndex{6}\)

    Consider the following augmented matrix in which \(\ast\) denotes an arbitrary number and \(\blacksquare\) denotes a nonzero number. Determine whether the given augmented matrix is consistent. If consistent, is the solution unique? \[\left[ \begin{array}{ccccc|c} \blacksquare & \ast & \ast & \ast & \ast & \ast \\ 0 & \blacksquare & 0 & \ast & 0 & \ast \\ 0 & 0 & 0 & \blacksquare & \ast & \ast \\ 0 & 0 & 0 & 0 & \blacksquare & \ast \end{array} \right]\]

    Exercise \(\PageIndex{7}\)

    Consider the following augmented matrix in which \(\ast\) denotes an arbitrary number and \(\blacksquare\) denotes a nonzero number. Determine whether the given augmented matrix is consistent. If consistent, is the solution unique? \[\left[ \begin{array}{ccccc|c} \blacksquare & \ast & \ast & \ast & \ast & \ast \\ 0 & \blacksquare & \ast & \ast & 0 & \ast \\ 0 & 0 & 0 & 0 & \blacksquare & 0 \\ 0 & 0 & 0 & 0 & \ast & \blacksquare \end{array} \right]\]

    Answer

    There might be a solution. If so, there are infinitely many.

    Exercise \(\PageIndex{8}\)

    Suppose a system of equations has fewer equations than variables. Will such a system necessarily be consistent? If so, explain why and if not, give an example which is not consistent.

    Answer

    No. Consider \(x+y+z=2\) and \(x+y+z=1.\)

    Exercise \(\PageIndex{9}\)

    If a system of equations has more equations than variables, can it have a solution? If so, give an example and if not, tell why not.

    Answer

    These can have a solution. For example, \(x+y=1,2x+2y=2,3x+3y=3\) even has an infinite set of solutions.

    Exercise \(\PageIndex{10}\)

    Find \(h\) such that \[\left[ \begin{array}{rr|r} 2 & h & 4 \\ 3 & 6 & 7 \end{array} \right]\] is the augmented matrix of an inconsistent system.

    Answer

    \(h=4\)

    Exercise \(\PageIndex{11}\)

    Find \(h\) such that \[\left[ \begin{array}{rr|r} 1 & h & 3 \\ 2 & 4 & 6 \end{array} \right]\] is the augmented matrix of a consistent system.

    Answer

    Any \(h\) will work.

    Exercise \(\PageIndex{12}\)

    Find \(h\) such that \[\left[ \begin{array}{rr|r} 1 & 1 & 4 \\ 3 & h & 12 \end{array} \right]\] is the augmented matrix of a consistent system.

    Answer

    Any \(h\) will work.

    Exercise \(\PageIndex{13}\)

    Choose \(h\) and \(k\) such that the augmented matrix shown has each of the following:

    1. one solution
    2. no solution
    3. infinitely many solutions

    \[\left[ \begin{array}{rr|r} 1 & h & 2 \\ 2 & 4 & k \end{array} \right]\]

    Answer

    If \(h\neq 2\) there will be a unique solution for any \(k\). If \(h=2\) and \(% k\neq 4,\) there are no solutions. If \(h=2\) and \(k=4,\) then there are infinitely many solutions.

    Exercise \(\PageIndex{14}\)

    Choose \(h\) and \(k\) such that the augmented matrix shown has each of the following:

    1. one solution
    2. no solution
    3. infinitely many solutions

    \[\left[ \begin{array}{rr|r} 1 & 2 & 2 \\ 2 & h & k \end{array} \right]\]

    Answer

    If \(h\neq 4,\) then there is exactly one solution. If \(h=4\) and \(k\neq 4,\) then there are no solutions. If \(h=4\) and \(k=4,\) then there are infinitely many solutions.

    Exercise \(\PageIndex{15}\)

    Determine if the system is consistent. If so, is the solution unique? \[\begin{array}{c} x+2y+z-w=2 \\ x-y+z+w=1 \\ 2x+y-z=1 \\ 4x+2y+z=5 \end{array}\]

    Answer

    There is no solution. The system is inconsistent. You can see this from the augmented matrix. \(\left[ \begin{array}{rrrrr} 1 & 2 & 1 & -1 & 2 \\ 1 & -1 & 1 & 1 & 1 \\ 2 & 1 & -1 & 0 & 1 \\ 4 & 2 & 1 & 0 & 5 \end{array} \right]\), : \(\left[ \begin{array}{rrrrr} 1 & 0 & 0 & \vspace{0.05in}\frac{1}{3} & 0 \\ 0 & 1 & 0 & -\vspace{0.05in}\frac{2}{3} & 0 \\ 0 & 0 & 1 & 0 & 0 \\ 0 & 0 & 0 & 0 & 1 \end{array} \right] .\)

    Exercise \(\PageIndex{16}\)

    Determine if the system is consistent. If so, is the solution unique? \[\begin{array}{c} x+2y+z-w=2 \\ x-y+z+w=0 \\ 2x+y-z=1 \\ 4x+2y+z=3 \end{array}\]

    Answer

    Solution is: \(\left[ w=\frac{3}{2}y-1,x=\frac{2}{3}-\frac{1}{2}y,z=\frac{1}{3 }\right]\)

    Exercise \(\PageIndex{17}\)

    Determine which matrices are in reduced row-echelon form.

    1. \(\left[ \begin{array}{rrr} 1 & 2 & 0 \\ 0 & 1 & 7 \end{array} \right]\)
    2. \(\left[ \begin{array}{rrrr} 1 & 0 & 0 & 0 \\ 0 & 0 & 1 & 2 \\ 0 & 0 & 0 & 0 \end{array} \right]\)
    3. \(\left[ \begin{array}{rrrrrr} 1 & 1 & 0 & 0 & 0 & 5 \\ 0 & 0 & 1 & 2 & 0 & 4 \\ 0 & 0 & 0 & 0 & 1 & 3 \end{array} \right]\)
    Answer
    1. This one is not.

    2. This one is.

    3. This one is.

    Exercise \(\PageIndex{18}\)

    Row reduce the following matrix to obtain the row-echelon form. Then continue to obtain the reduced row-echelon form. \[\left[ \begin{array}{rrrr} 2 & -1 & 3 & -1 \\ 1 & 0 & 2 & 1 \\ 1 & -1 & 1 & -2 \end{array} \right]\]

    Exercise \(\PageIndex{19}\)

    Row reduce the following matrix to obtain the row-echelon form. Then continue to obtain the reduced row-echelon form. \[\left[ \begin{array}{rrrr} 0 & 0 & -1 & -1 \\ 1 & 1 & 1 & 0 \\ 1 & 1 & 0 & -1 \end{array} \right]\]

    Exercise \(\PageIndex{20}\)

    Row reduce the following matrix to obtain the row-echelon form. Then continue to obtain the reduced row-echelon form. \[\left[ \begin{array}{rrrr} 3 & -6 & -7 & -8 \\ 1 & -2 & -2 & -2 \\ 1 & -2 & -3 & -4 \end{array} \right]\]

    Exercise \(\PageIndex{21}\)

    Row reduce the following matrix to obtain the row-echelon form. Then continue to obtain the reduced row-echelon form. \[\left[ \begin{array}{rrrr} 2 & 4 & 5 & 15 \\ 1 & 2 & 3 & 9 \\ 1 & 2 & 2 & 6 \end{array} \right]\]

    Exercise \(\PageIndex{22}\)

    Row reduce the following matrix to obtain the row-echelon form. Then continue to obtain the reduced row-echelon form. \[\left[ \begin{array}{rrrr} 4 & -1 & 7 & 10 \\ 1 & 0 & 3 & 3 \\ 1 & -1 & -2 & 1 \end{array} \right]\]

    Exercise \(\PageIndex{23}\)

    Row reduce the following matrix to obtain the row-echelon form. Then continue to obtain the reduced row-echelon form. \[\left[ \begin{array}{rrrr} 3 & 5 & -4 & 2 \\ 1 & 2 & -1 & 1 \\ 1 & 1 & -2 & 0 \end{array} \right]\]

    Exercise \(\PageIndex{24}\)

    Row reduce the following matrix to obtain the row-echelon form. Then continue to obtain the reduced row-echelon form. \[\left[ \begin{array}{rrrr} -2 & 3 & -8 & 7 \\ 1 & -2 & 5 & -5 \\ 1 & -3 & 7 & -8 \end{array} \right]\]

    Exercise \(\PageIndex{25}\)

    Find the solution of the system whose augmented matrix is \[\left[ \begin{array}{rrr|r} 1 & 2 & 0 & 2 \\ 1 & 3 & 4 & 2 \\ 1 & 0 & 2 & 1 \end{array} \right]\]

    Exercise \(\PageIndex{26}\)

    Find the solution of the system whose augmented matrix is \[\left[ \begin{array}{rrr|r} 1 & 2 & 0 & 2 \\ 2 & 0 & 1 & 1 \\ 3 & 2 & 1 & 3 \end{array} \right]\]

    Answer

    The reduced row-echelon form is \(\left[ \begin{array}{rrr|r} 1 & 0 & \vspace{0.05in}\frac{1}{2} & \vspace{0.05in}\frac{1}{2} \\ 0 & 1 & -\vspace{0.05in}\frac{1}{4} & \vspace{0.05in}\frac{3}{4} \\ 0 & 0 & 0 & 0 \end{array} \right] .\) Therefore, the solution is of the form \(z=t,y=\frac{3}{4}+t\left( \frac{1}{4}\right) ,x=\frac{1}{2}-\frac{1}{2}t\) where \(t\in \mathbb{R}\).

    Exercise \(\PageIndex{27}\)

    Find the solution of the system whose augmented matrix is \[\left[ \begin{array}{rrr|r} 1 & 1 & 0 & 1 \\ 1 & 0 & 4 & 2 \end{array} \right]\]

    Answer

    The reduced row-echelon form is \(\left[ \begin{array}{rrr|r} 1 & 0 & 4 & 2 \\ 0 & 1 & -4 & -1 \end{array} \right]\) and so the solution is \(z=t,y=4t,x=2-4t.\)

    Exercise \(\PageIndex{28}\)

    Find the solution of the system whose augmented matrix is \[\left[ \begin{array}{rrrrr|r} 1 & 0 & 2 & 1 & 1 & 2 \\ 0 & 1 & 0 & 1 & 2 & 1 \\ 1 & 2 & 0 & 0 & 1 & 3 \\ 1 & 0 & 1 & 0 & 2 & 2 \end{array} \right]\]

    Answer

    The reduced row-echelon form is \(\left[ \begin{array}{rrrrr|r} 1 & 0 & 0 & 0 & 9 & 3 \\ 0 & 1 & 0 & 0 & -4 & 0 \\ 0 & 0 & 1 & 0 & -7 & -1 \\ 0 & 0 & 0 & 1 & 6 & 1 \end{array} \right]\) and so \(x_{5}=t,x_{4}=1-6t,x_{3}=-1+7t,x_{2}=4t,x_{1}=3-9t\).

    Exercise \(\PageIndex{29}\)

    Find the solution of the system whose augmented matrix is \[\left[ \begin{array}{rrrrr|r} 1 & 0 & 2 & 1 & 1 & 2 \\ 0 & 1 & 0 & 1 & 2 & 1 \\ 0 & 2 & 0 & 0 & 1 & 3 \\ 1 & -1 & 2 & 2 & 2 & 0 \end{array} \right]\]

    Answer

    The reduced row-echelon form is \(\left[ \begin{array}{rrrrr|r} 1 & 0 & 2 & 0 & -\vspace{0.05in}\frac{1}{2} & \vspace{0.05in}\frac{5}{2} \\ 0 & 1 & 0 & 0 & \vspace{0.05in}\frac{1}{2} & \vspace{0.05in}\frac{3}{2} \\ 0 & 0 & 0 & 1 & \vspace{0.05in}\frac{3}{2} & -\vspace{0.05in}\frac{1}{2} \\ 0 & 0 & 0 & 0 & 0 & 0 \end{array} \right]\). Therefore, let \(x_{5}=t,x_{3}=s.\) Then the other variables are given by \(x_{4}=-\frac{1}{2}-\frac{3}{2}t,x_{2}=\frac{3}{2}-t\frac{1}{2} ,,x_{1}=\frac{5}{2}+\frac{1}{2}t-2s.\)

    Exercise \(\PageIndex{30}\)

    Find the solution to the system of equations, \(7x+14y+15z=22,\) \(2x+4y+3z=5,\) and \(3x+6y+10z=13.\)

    Answer

    Solution is: \(\left[ x=1-2t,z=1,y=t\right]\)

    Exercise \(\PageIndex{31}\)

    Find the solution to the system of equations, \(3x-y+4z=6,\) \(y+8z=0,\) and \(-2x+y=-4.\)

    Answer

    Solution is: \(\left[ x=2-4t,y=-8t,z=t\right]\)

    Exercise \(\PageIndex{32}\)

    Find the solution to the system of equations, \(9x-2y+4z=-17,\) \(13x-3y+6z=-25,\) and \(-2x-z=3.\)

    Answer

    Solution is: \(\left[x=-1,y=2,z=-1\right]\)

    Exercise \(\PageIndex{33}\)

    Find the solution to the system of equations, \(65x+84y+16z=546,\) \(81x+105y+20z=682,\) and \(84x+110y+21z=713.\)

    Answer

    Solution is: \(\left[ x=2,y=4,z=5\right]\)

    Exercise \(\PageIndex{34}\)

    Find the solution to the system of equations, \(8x+2y+3z=-3,8x+3y+3z=-1,\) and \(4x+y+3z=-9.\)

    Answer

    Solution is: \(\left[ x=1,y=2,z=-5\right]\)

    Exercise \(\PageIndex{35}\)

    Find the solution to the system of equations, \(-8x+2y+5z=18,-8x+3y+5z=13,\) and \(-4x+y+5z=19.\)

    Answer

    Solution is: \(\left[x=-1,y=-5,z=4\right]\)

    Exercise \(\PageIndex{36}\)

    Find the solution to the system of equations, \(3x-y-2z=3,\) \(y-4z=0,\) and \(-2x+y=-2.\)

    Answer

    Solution is: \(\left[ x=2t+1,y=4t,z=t\right]\)

    Exercise \(\PageIndex{37}\)

    Find the solution to the system of equations, \(-9x+15y=66,-11x+18y=79\), \(-x+y=4\), and \(z=3\).

    Answer

    Solution is: \(\left[x=1,y=5,z=3\right]\)

    Exercise \(\PageIndex{38}\)

    Find the solution to the system of equations, \(-19x+8y=-108,\) \(-71x+30y=-404,\) \(-2x+y=-12,\) \(4x+z=14.\)

    Answer

    Solution is: \(\left[ x=4,y=-4,z=-2\right]\)

    Exercise \(\PageIndex{39}\)

    Suppose a system of equations has fewer equations than variables and you have found a solution to this system of equations. Is it possible that your solution is the only one? Explain.

    Answer

    No. Consider \(x+y+z=2\) and \(x+y+z=1.\)

    Exercise \(\PageIndex{40}\)

    Suppose a system of linear equations has a \(2\times 4\) augmented matrix and the last column is a pivot column. Could the system of linear equations be consistent? Explain.

    Answer

    No. This would lead to \(0=1.\)

    Exercise \(\PageIndex{41}\)

    Suppose the coefficient matrix of a system of \(n\) equations with \(n\) variables has the property that every column is a pivot column. Does it follow that the system of equations must have a solution? If so, must the solution be unique? Explain.

    Answer

    Yes. It has a unique solution.

    Exercise \(\PageIndex{42}\)

    Suppose there is a unique solution to a system of linear equations. What must be true of the pivot columns in the augmented matrix?

    Answer

    The last column must not be a pivot column. The remaining columns must each be pivot columns.

    Exercise \(\PageIndex{43}\)

    The steady state temperature, \(u\), of a plate solves Laplace’s equation, \(\Delta u=0.\) One way to approximate the solution is to divide the plate into a square mesh and require the temperature at each node to equal the average of the temperature at the four adjacent nodes. In the following picture, the numbers represent the observed temperature at the indicated nodes. Find the temperature at the interior nodes, indicated by \(x,y,z,\) and \(w\). One of the equations is \(z=\vspace{0.05in}\frac{1}{4}\left( 10+0+w+x\right)\).

    (1,60) (100,0)

    (1,1) (0,30)(1,0)90 (0,60)(1,0)90 (30,0)(0,1)90 (60,0)(0,1)90 (60,0) (30,0) (0,60) (0,30) (30,30) (30,60) (60,30) (60,60) (60,90) (30,90) (90,30) (90,60) (63,-4)\(10\) (33,-4)\(10\) (-10,60)\(20\) (-10,30)\(20\) (34,34)\(x\) (34,64)\(y\) (64,34)\(z\) (64,64)\(w\) (64,90)\(30\) (34,90)\(30\) (94,30)\(0\) (94,60)\(0\)

    Answer

    You need \(\begin{array}{c} \frac{1}{4}\left( 20+30+w+x\right) -y=0 \\ \frac{1}{4}\left( y+30+0+z\right) -w=0 \\ \frac{1}{4}\left( 20+y+z+10\right) -x=0 \\ \frac{1}{4}\left( x+w+0+10\right) -z=0 \end{array}\), Solution is: \(\left[ w=15,x=15,y=20,z=10\right] .\)

    Exercise \(\PageIndex{44}\)

    Find the rank of the following matrix. \[\left[ \begin{array}{rrrr} 4 & -16 & -1 & -5 \\ 1 & -4 & 0 & -1 \\ 1 & -4 & -1 & -2 \end{array} \right]\]

    Exercise \(\PageIndex{45}\)

    Find the rank of the following matrix. \[\left[ \begin{array}{rrrr} 3 & 6 & 5 & 12 \\ 1 & 2 & 2 & 5 \\ 1 & 2 & 1 & 2 \end{array} \right]\]

    Exercise \(\PageIndex{46}\)

    Find the rank of the following matrix. \[\left[ \begin{array}{rrrrr} 0 & 0 & -1 & 0 & 3 \\ 1 & 4 & 1 & 0 & -8 \\ 1 & 4 & 0 & 1 & 2 \\ -1 & -4 & 0 & -1 & -2 \end{array} \right]\]

    Exercise \(\PageIndex{47}\)

    Find the rank of the following matrix. \[\left[ \begin{array}{rrrr} 4 & -4 & 3 & -9 \\ 1 & -1 & 1 & -2 \\ 1 & -1 & 0 & -3 \end{array} \right]\]

    Exercise \(\PageIndex{48}\)

    Find the rank of the following matrix. \[\left[ \begin{array}{rrrrr} 2 & 0 & 1 & 0 & 1 \\ 1 & 0 & 1 & 0 & 0 \\ 1 & 0 & 0 & 1 & 7 \\ 1 & 0 & 0 & 1 & 7 \end{array} \right]\]

    Exercise \(\PageIndex{49}\)

    Find the rank of the following matrix. \[\left[ \begin{array}{rrr} 4 & 15 & 29 \\ 1 & 4 & 8 \\ 1 & 3 & 5 \\ 3 & 9 & 15 \end{array} \right]\]

    Exercise \(\PageIndex{50}\)

    Find the rank of the following matrix. \[\left[ \begin{array}{rrrrr} 0 & 0 & -1 & 0 & 1 \\ 1 & 2 & 3 & -2 & -18 \\ 1 & 2 & 2 & -1 & -11 \\ -1 & -2 & -2 & 1 & 11 \end{array} \right]\]

    Exercise \(\PageIndex{51}\)

    Find the rank of the following matrix. \[\left[ \begin{array}{rrrrr} 1 & -2 & 0 & 3 & 11 \\ 1 & -2 & 0 & 4 & 15 \\ 1 & -2 & 0 & 3 & 11 \\ 0 & 0 & 0 & 0 & 0 \end{array} \right]\]

    Exercise \(\PageIndex{52}\)

    Find the rank of the following matrix. \[\left[ \begin{array}{rrr} -2 & -3 & -2 \\ 1 & 1 & 1 \\ 1 & 0 & 1 \\ -3 & 0 & -3 \end{array} \right]\]

    Exercise \(\PageIndex{53}\)

    Find the rank of the following matrix. \[\left[ \begin{array}{rrrrr} 4 & 4 & 20 & -1 & 17 \\ 1 & 1 & 5 & 0 & 5 \\ 1 & 1 & 5 & -1 & 2 \\ 3 & 3 & 15 & -3 & 6 \end{array} \right]\]

    Exercise \(\PageIndex{54}\)

    Find the rank of the following matrix. \[\left[ \begin{array}{rrrrr} -1 & 3 & 4 & -3 & 8 \\ 1 & -3 & -4 & 2 & -5 \\ 1 & -3 & -4 & 1 & -2 \\ -2 & 6 & 8 & -2 & 4 \end{array} \right]\]

    Exercise \(\PageIndex{55}\)

    Suppose \(A\) is an \(m\times n\) matrix. Explain why the rank of \(A\) is always no larger than \(\min \left( m,n\right) .\)

    Answer

    It is because you cannot have more than \(\min \left( m,n\right)\) nonzero rows in the reduced row-echelon form. Recall that the number of pivot columns is the same as the number of nonzero rows from the description of this reduced row-echelon form.

    Exercise \(\PageIndex{56}\)

    State whether each of the following sets of data are possible for the matrix equation \(AX=B\). If possible, describe the solution set. That is, tell whether there exists a unique solution, no solution or infinitely many solutions. Here, \(\left[ A |B \right]\) denotes the augmented matrix.

    1. \(A\) is a \(5\times 6\) matrix, \(\mathrm{rank}\left( A\right) =4\) and \(\mathrm{rank}\left[ A|B \right] =4.\)
    2. \(A\) is a \(3\times 4\) matrix, \(\mathrm{rank}\left( A\right) =3\) and \(\mathrm{rank}\left[ A|B\right] =2.\)
    3. \(A\) is a \(4\times 2\) matrix, \(\mathrm{rank}\left( A\right) =4\) and \(\mathrm{rank}\left[ A|B \right] =4.\)
    4. \(A\) is a \(5\times 5\) matrix, \(\mathrm{rank}\left( A\right) =4\) and \(\mathrm{rank}\left[ A|B \right] =5.\)
    5. \(A\) is a \(4\times 2\) matrix, \(\mathrm{rank}\left( A\right) =2\) and \(\mathrm{rank}\left[ A|B \right] =2\).
    Answer

     

    This says \(B\) is in the span of four of the columns. Thus the columns are not independent. Infinite solution set.

    This surely can’t happen. If you add in another column, the rank does not get smaller.

    This says \(B\) is in the span of the columns and the columns must be independent. You can’t have the rank equal 4 if you only have two columns.

    This says \(B\) is not in the span of the columns. In this case, there is no solution to the system of equations represented by the augmented matrix.

    In this case, there is a unique solution since the columns of \(A\) are independent.

    Exercise \(\PageIndex{57}\)

    Consider the system \(-5x+2y-z=0\) and \(-5x-2y-z=0.\) Both equations equal zero and so \(-5x+2y-z=-5x-2y-z\) which is equivalent to \(y=0.\) Does it follow that \(x\) and \(z\) can equal anything? Notice that when \(x=1\), \(z=-4,\) and \(y=0\) are plugged in to the equations, the equations do not equal \(0\). Why?

    Answer

    These are not legitimate row operations. They do not preserve the solution set of the system.

    Exercise \(\PageIndex{58}\)

    Balance the following chemical reactions.

    1. \(KNO_{3}+H_{2}CO_{3}\rightarrow K_{2}CO_{3}+HNO_{3}\)
    2. \(AgI+Na_{2}S\rightarrow Ag_{2}S+NaI\)
    3. \(Ba_{3}N_{2}+H_{2}O\rightarrow Ba\left( OH\right) _{2}+NH_{3}\)
    4. \(CaCl_{2}+Na_{3}PO_{4}\rightarrow Ca_{3}\left( PO_{4}\right) _{2}+NaCl\)
    Exercise \(\PageIndex{59}\)

    In the section on dimensionless variables it was observed that \(\rho V^{2}AB\) has the units of force. Describe a systematic way to obtain such combinations of the variables which will yield something which has the units of force.

    Exercise \(\PageIndex{60}\)

    Consider the following diagram of four circuits.

    The current in amps in the four circuits is denoted by \(I_{1},I_{2},I_{3},I_{4}\) and it is understood that the motion is in the counter clockwise direction. If \(I_{k}\) ends up being negative, then it just means the current flows in the clockwise direction.

    In the above diagram, the top left circuit should give the equation \[2I_{2}-2I_{1}+5I_{2}-5I_{3}+3I_{2}=5\] For the circuit on the lower left, you should have \[4I_{1}+I_{1}-I_{4}+2I_{1}-2I_{2}=-10\] Write equations for each of the other two circuits and then give a solution to the resulting system of equations.

    Answer

    The other two equations are \[\begin{aligned} 6I_{3}-6I_{4}+I_{3}+I_{3}+5I_{3}-5I_{2} &=&-20 \\ 2I_{4}+3I_{4}+6I_{4}-6I_{3}+I_{4}-I_{1} &=&0\end{aligned}\] Then the system is \[\begin{array}{c} 2I_{2}-2I_{1}+5I_{2}-5I_{3}+3I_{2}=5 \\ 4I_{1}+I_{1}-I_{4}+2I_{1}-2I_{2}=-10 \\ 6I_{3}-6I_{4}+I_{3}+I_{3}+5I_{3}-5I_{2}=-20 \\ 2I_{4}+3I_{4}+6I_{4}-6I_{3}+I_{4}-I_{1}=0 \end{array}\] The solution is: \[\begin{aligned} I_{1}&=& -\frac{750}{373} \\ I_{2}&=& -\frac{1421}{1119} \\ I_{3}&=& -\frac{3061}{1119} \\ I_{4}&=& -\frac{1718}{1119}\end{aligned}\]

    Exercise \(\PageIndex{61}\)

    Consider the following diagram of three circuits.

    The current in amps in the four circuits is denoted by \(I_{1},I_{2},I_{3}\) and it is understood that the motion is in the counter clockwise direction. If \(I_{k}\) ends up being negative, then it just means the current flows in the clockwise direction.

    Find \(I_{1},I_{2},I_{3}\).

    Answer

    You have \[\begin{aligned} 2I_{1}+5I_{1}+3I_{1}-5I_{2} &=& 10 \\ I_{2}- I_{3} +3I_{2}+7I_{2}+5I_{2}-5I_{1} &=&-12 \\ 2I_{3}+4I_{3}+4I_{3}+I_{3}-I_{2} &=& 0\end{aligned}\] Simplifying this yields \[\begin{aligned} 10I_{1}-5I_{2} &=& 10 \\ -5I_{1} + 16I_{2}- I_{3} &=&-12 \\ -I_{2} + 11I_{3} &=&0\end{aligned}\] The solution is given by \[I_{1}=\frac{218}{295},I_{2}=-\frac{154}{295},I_{3}=-\frac{14}{295}\]