Ok.. Have a look at this problem and then look at the second post:

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- May 3rd 2013, 12:17 AMroddersInconsistency matrix question...
Ok.. Have a look at this problem and then look at the second post:

http://i41.tinypic.com/73f29t.jpg - May 3rd 2013, 12:23 AMroddersRe: Inconsistency matrix question...
Can anyone explain the second examiners solution? I understand the first and third approach but what is happening in the second method below, In particular what does trianglex, triangle y , trianglez mean in the second line of the solution i have circled in red?

http://i41.tinypic.com/23mvp7k.jpg - May 4th 2013, 11:42 AMHallsofIvyRe: Inconsistency matrix question...
The "$\displaystyle \Delta$" is, of course the determinant. Since that is 0 it follows that there cannot be a

**unique**solution. But I think when they say "Showig $\displaystyle \Delta= 0$ and thinking this is it" they the mean that alone does NOT show that the system is inconsistent- there might be an infinite number of solutions. I**do**think that "and $\displaystyle \Delta_x$, $\displaystyle \Delta_y$, $\displaystyle \Delta_z$= 0" is misleading. In order to have the system inconsistent, you must show that $\displaystyle \Delta= 0$ and that**at least one of**$\displaystyle \Delta_x$, $\displaystyle \Delta_y$, $\displaystyle \Delta_z$ is NOT 0.

I am rather disappointed that the most**direct**demonstration is not given:

If you add the second and third equations, the "y" and "-y" terms cancel leaving 11x+ 11z= 37.

Multiplying the second equation by 2 gives 6x+ 2y- 8z= 14 and adding the first equation to that gives 7x+ 7z= 14. Do you see why those two equations are impossible? - May 4th 2013, 10:12 PMroddersRe: Inconsistency matrix question...
Sorry but i still don't know what Det(x), det(y), det(z) actually mean? I know how to work out the det of matrix but never come across det(x) etc?

How do you actually work that out of a matrix?