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    Another linear dependent/independent question

    For this augmented matrix, the answer is that it they are linearly dependent. We are asked to find whether the coefficients are linearly independent or dependent?
    For some reason I though considering there is no solution that they would be independent.

    Could someone please show me why. Thanks

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\left( {\begin{array}{*{20}c}<br />
   1 & 0 & 0 & 2  \\<br />
   0 & 1 & 0 & 1  \\<br />
   0 & 0 & 0 & 3  \\<br />
\end{array}} \right)<br />
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    Quote Originally Posted by Craka View Post
    For this augmented matrix, the answer is that it they are linearly dependent.
    WHAT are linearly independent? What does "they" refer to?

    [qute] We are asked to find whether the coefficients are linearly independent or dependent?[/quote]
    The coefficients of WHAT?

    For some reason I though considering there is no solution that they would be independent.

    Could someone please show me why. Thanks

    <br />
\left( {\begin{array}{*{20}c}<br />
   1 & 0 & 0 & 2  \\<br />
   0 & 1 & 0 & 1  \\<br />
   0 & 0 & 0 & 3  \\<br />
\end{array}} \right)<br />
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    It's a augmented matrix, so the co-efficients are the first 3 columns.
    I don't know how else to explain, that is what the question asks.
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    [unsolved] Another linear dependent/independent question

    Still needing help with this, please. Sorry re-read question this morning, question is to find whether the columns of the coefficient part of the matrix are independent or dependent
    Last edited by Craka; March 27th 2009 at 02:49 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Craka View Post

    Still needing help with this, please. Sorry re-read question this morning, question is to find whether the columns of the coefficient part of the matrix are independent or dependent
    they are linearly dependent. one reason is that the reduced form of a square matrix with linearly independent columns is always the identity matrix. but in your matrix (ignore the last column) the

    3 \times 3 matrix is not the identity matrix (the last column is 0). another reason is that if the columns of a quare matrix are linearly independent, then the augmented matrix will always show a unique

    solution but in your case there's no solution.
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