# Thread: linear combination urgent help

1. ## linear combination urgent help

Let A= . -1 1 -1 3
3 1 -1 -1
2 -1 -2 1
a) Find a matrix B that is row equivalent to A.
b) Determine whether the fourth column vector forms a linear combination with the first three column vectors.
c) Show that the first three column vectors are linearly independent. Explain.

i need help to practice this i have test day after tommorow..i need hard pracrice///

2. ## Re: linear combination urgent help

For a), just do any of the row operations and that matrix will be row equivalent to A.

For b), Just set the equation up, $a[-1 \ 3 \ 2]^T + b[1 \ 1 \ -1]^T + c[-1 \ -1 \ -2]^T = [3 \ -1 \ 1]^T$

Where T refers to the transpose. solve for a, b, and c. You could even use a few guesses to see what you get, if you wanted.

For c), You need to show that the first three column vectors satisfy this property:

A set of vectors, $v_1,v_2,v_3,\cdots,v_n$ are linearly independent if and only if $a_1v_1 + a_2v_2 + a_3v_3 + \cdots + a_nv_n = 0$ implies that $a_1 = a_2 = a_3 = \cdots = a_n = 0$.

3. ## Re: linear combination urgent help

i was having much problem in b now i just finished doing this.thankyou so much.may god bless u.