# Math Help - linear equation help

1. ## linear equation help

can anyone help me with this question

solve completely the following system

x+2y+mz=0
2x+3y-2z=m
mx+y+m^2z=3

Im a bit stumped on what to do with the m? any help would be appreciated

2. Solve this

$\left[ \begin{array}{c}
x\\
y\\
z\end{array}\right]=\left[ \begin{array}{ccc}
1 & 2 & m \\
2 & 3 & -2 \\
m & 1 & m^2 \end{array} \right]^{-1} \left[ \begin{array}{c}
0\\
m\\
3\end{array}\right]$

3. Originally Posted by princessamme@hotmail.com
can anyone help me with this question

solve completely the following system

x+2y+mz=0
2x+3y-2z=m
mx+y+m^2z=3

Im a bit stumped on what to do with the m? any help would be appreciated
If you don't want to use matrices, you can just solve it as you would in basic algebra: Multiplying the first equation by m and subtracting from the third equation elimnates both x and z: (m- m)x+ (1- 2m)y+ (m^2- m^2)z= 3- 0 so (1- 2m)y= 3. If $1- 2m\ne 0$, $y= \frac{3}{1- 2m}$. Put that value of y into the first and second equations to get two equations for x and z. if m= 1/2, 1- 2m= 0 so there is no solution.

4. hi
$\left\{\begin{matrix}
x+2y+mz=0\\
2x+3y-2z=m\\
mx+y+m^2z=3
\end{matrix}\right.$

Using Gauss method,
$\Rightarrow \left\{\begin{matrix}
x+2y+mz=0 \\
-y-2z(1+m)=m\\
y(1-2m)=3
\end{matrix}\right.$

in case $m=\frac{1}{2}$,there will be no solution.
in case $m \neq \frac{1}{2}$,you'll have $y=\frac{3}{1-2m}$, substitute and get the other values .

5. Originally Posted by Raoh
hi
$\left\{\begin{matrix}
x+2y+mz=0\\
2x+3y-2z=m\\
mx+y+m^2z=3
\end{matrix}\right.$

Using Gauss method,
$\Rightarrow \left\{\begin{matrix}
x+2y+mz=0 \\
-y-2z(1+m)=m\\
y(1-2m)=3
\end{matrix}\right.$

in case $m=\frac{1}{2}$,there will be no solution.
in case $m \neq \frac{1}{2}$,you'll have $y=\frac{3}{1-2m}$, substitute and get the other values .
There is probably another case,
when $m=-1$, $y$ will equal $1$ and we will have the solution $\left [ x=u-2,z=u \right ]$ .

6. Thank you for all your help, I originally used gaussian elimination, however i could get a nice solution so i assumed what i was doing was wrong