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    Uniqueness of Reduced Row Echelon Matrix

    Attached is a proof of the theorem.

    I don't understand how he comes to the conclusion in the inductive step that B and C "can only differ in the nth column". I understand that any operations that put A in rre form put A' in rre form. I also understand the concept and method of induction, I'm just not seeing it in this instance. I don't see why they can't differ in columns 1 through (n-1).
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    I've been accustomed to seeing induction for simple things like proving the sum of the first n positive integers. He's assuming the theorem is proved for the first m X (n-1) matrices. I get it.
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