# Thread: System of linear equations - types of solutions.

1. ## System of linear equations - types of solutions.

Will put up what i have done in a couple of mins

2. Have i done the echelon system reduction correct?

3. I follow you up until this point (it's your third line):

$\displaystyle \left[\begin{matrix}1 &2\alpha &1\\ 0 &1 &\alpha+1\\ 0 &\alpha-3 &\alpha-5\end{matrix}\left|\begin{matrix}1\\ 2\\ 3\alpha-4\end{matrix}\right].$

What row operation did you do next?

4. Originally Posted by Ackbeet

$\displaystyle \left[\begin{matrix}1 &2\alpha &1\\ 0 &1 &\alpha+1\\ 0 &\alpha-3 &\alpha-5\end{matrix}\left|\begin{matrix}1\\ 2\\ 3\alpha-4\end{matrix}\right].$

What row operation did you do next?
3rd - (2nd x ($\displaystyle \alpha$ -3))

1. Your fourth line doesn't look like that at all.
2. I don't think that's the right ERO for this stage in the game. I would do 3rd - (2nd x ($\displaystyle \alpha$-3)).

Come to think of it, that's what your fourth line looks like. I got your numeral 1's mixed up with your parentheses (maybe you should make your parentheses more curved, so they don't get confused with 1's). You actually did what I suggested in my second comment.

[EDIT]: I think you edited your post. Pick up my comments from here on down.

So I now follow you down to the fifth line. Your row reduction is correct, I believe.

Your logic is incorrect in your answer to i. In order for that entry in the matrix to be nonzero, you must have both $\displaystyle \alpha\not=2$ and $\displaystyle \alpha\not=1,$ (not or, as you wrote).

I would agree that for ii, it's impossible. And I agree with your answer for iii.

Does that help?

6. Originally Posted by Ackbeet

1. Your fourth line doesn't look like that at all.
2. I don't think that's the right ERO for this stage in the game. I would do 3rd - (2nd x ($\displaystyle \alpha$-3)).

Come to think of it, that's what your fourth line looks like. I got your numeral 1's mixed up with your parentheses (maybe you should make your parentheses more curved, so they don't get confused with 1's). You actually did what I suggested in my second comment.

[EDIT]: I think you edited your post. Pick up my comments from here on down.

So I now follow you down to the fifth line. Your row reduction is correct, I believe.

Your logic is incorrect in your answer to i. In order for that entry in the matrix to be nonzero, you must have both $\displaystyle \alpha\not=2$ and $\displaystyle \alpha\not=1,$ (not or, as you wrote).

I would agree that for ii, it's impossible. And I agree with your answer for iii.

Does that help?
Im just worried because iv asks for a solution for ii, but i have got it to be impossible.

7. Hmm. Well, that is a bit puzzling. However, I think your row reduction is correct. Perhaps you could say the empty set?

8. Im still a bit worried that what ive done is wrong as iv asks for ii. But i've got it not to work. Can anyone else check please?

If instead of $\displaystyle 3\alpha+1$ there were just $\displaystyle \alpha$ then for $\displaystyle \alpha =1$ parts ii) & iv) have answers.