I usually try to get zero's below the main diagonal first, and then get the zeros above the main diagonal. So my first ERO would be -2 R1 + R2 -> R2.
I'm pretty sure this really stupid but I don't fully understand how to do row reduction (Gauss/Gauss-Jordan) to reduce a matrix to 1s and 0s.
(2 7) I know that I'd end up with:
(1 4| 1 0)
(2 7| 0 1) but I'm not sure where to start. Should I try to get a12 to be 0 like ( -7R1 + 4R2)? Will this change the 2nd row determinately? Can I subtract two rows ( R1 - R2)?