# Thread: Difference between gaussian elimanation and echeleon form

1. ## Difference between gaussian elimanation and echeleon form

Is there one or am i completely missing the point?

2. Gaussian elemination is just a process of reducing systems of equations so that you can eventually start to back substitute values into previous equations. Row echelon form simply means the first non-zero entry of a row is to the right of the first non zero entry of the row above it. One is a process, the other is a representation of a matrix. They are not exclusive. Reduced row echelon form simply means you continue Gaussian elimination beyond simply putting it into row echelon form.

3. Originally Posted by ANDS!
Gaussian elemination is just a process of reducing systems of equations so that you can eventually start to back substitute values into previous equations. Row echelon form simply means the first non-zero entry of a row is to the right of the first non zero entry of the row above it. One is a process, the other is a representation of a matrix. They are not exclusive. Reduced row echelon form simply means you continue Gaussian elimination beyond simply putting it into row echelon form.
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