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**jsndacruz** I am currently learning about linear transforms and came across this problem:

Given a matrix: A =

[ 4 3 -1 7 ]

[ 1 1 0 2 ]

[ 2 5 3 7 ]

We are told that to find all the values t such that b = [ 1 t t^2 ]^T is solvable.

My attempt: I augmented the matrix to,

[ 4 3 -1 7 | 1 ]

[ 1 1 0 2 | t ]

[ 2 5 3 7 | t^2]

and ended up with:

[ 1 0 0 0 | t^2 -6t +1 ]

[ 0 1 2 0 | t^2 + t - 1 ]

[ 0 0 1 -1| t^2 - 3t ]

I'm not sure how to proceed from here. I understand that x_1 = t^2 - 6t + 1, that x_2 + 2 x_3 = t^2 + t - 1, and that x_3 - x_4 = t^2 - 3t. But how do those equations affect the constraints on t? It seems that no matter what I plug in for my free variable x_4, I can plug in whatever I want for t.