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    Echelon Form

    What is the precise definition of a non-square matrix in echelon form? Say we have something like:

    1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 | 7
    2, 3, 4, 5, 6 ,7 | 8
    3, 4 ,5, 6, 7, 8 | 9

    How would the echelon form of that look like? Don't worry about explaining that set of equations having so and so amount of parameters and infinite solutions. I'm just wondering how the echelon form of a non-square matrix is defined.

    Thx in advance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ah-bee View Post
    What is the precise definition of a non-square matrix in echelon form? Say we have something like:

    1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 | 7
    2, 3, 4, 5, 6 ,7 | 8
    3, 4 ,5, 6, 7, 8 | 9

    How would the echelon form of that look like? Don't worry about explaining that set of equations having so and so amount of parameters and infinite solutions. I'm just wondering how the echelon form of a non-square matrix is defined.

    Thx in advance.
    It might look something like

    * * * * * * | *
    0 0 * * * * | *
    0 0 0 0 0 * | *

    for example where * denotes non-zero entries.
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    does that rule hold for every non-square matrix though? having the last row in the matrix being zeros except for the last term and is there any restrictions to how many zeros u can have in the preceding row? in your case u have used 0 0 **** but not 0 0 0 ***, why is this?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ah-bee View Post
    does that rule hold for every non-square matrix though? having the last row in the matrix being zeros except for the last term and is there any restrictions to how many zeros u can have in the preceding row? in your case u have used 0 0 **** but not 0 0 0 ***, why is this?
    It was only an example. I assumed you understood the technical definition of row echelon form - read this.
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