The following matrix is obtained from a augmented matrix, system of equations.

1 0 3 20

0 1 2 -2

0 0 1 4 my answer is 20,-2,4 is this right, thanks for checking my answer.

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- Jan 30th 2007, 11:31 PMkwtolleyAugmented matrix
The following matrix is obtained from a augmented matrix, system of equations.

1 0 3 20

0 1 2 -2

0 0 1 4 my answer is 20,-2,4 is this right, thanks for checking my answer. - Jan 31st 2007, 03:24 AMAfterShock
You have:

x_1 + 3x_3 = 20

x_2 + 2x_3 = -2

x_3 = 4;

You can check yourself to see if this works.

20 + 4(3) = 24? No.

Get the matrix in row reduced echelon form. First, -2*Row 3 + Row 2

= Matrix([[1, 0, 3, 20],[0, 1, 0, -10],[0, 0, 1, 4]]

-3*Row 3 + Row 1

= Matrix([[1, 0, 0, 8],[0, 1, 0, -10],[0, 0, 1, 4]]

Now:

x_1 = 8

x_2 = -10

x_3 = 4

8 + 3(4) = 20? Yes.

-10 + 2(4) = -2? Yes.

x_3 = 4? Yes. - Jan 31st 2007, 05:02 AMSoroban
Hello, kwtolley!

You're into matrices and you still don't know how to check your answers ??

. . Shame! .Go to your room!

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The following matrix is obtained from a augmented matrix, system of equations:

. . $\displaystyle \begin{vmatrix}1 & 0 &3 &|& 20 \\

0 & 1& 2 &|& \text{-}2 \\ 0& 0& 1 &|& 4\end{vmatrix}$

Most of it already reduced; we need to clear the third column only.

$\displaystyle \begin{array}{cccc}R_1-3R_3 \\ R_2-2R_3 \\ \\ \end{array}

\begin{vmatrix}1 & 0 & 0 & | & 8 \\

0 & 1 & 0 & | &\text{-}10 \\

0 & 0 & 1 & | & 4 \end{vmatrix}$

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

The original system of equations is ridiculously simple:

. . . .$\displaystyle x \quad + 3z \:=\:20$

. . . . . $\displaystyle y + 2z\:=\:\text{-}2$

. . . . . . . . .$\displaystyle z\:=\:4$

We already have one answer: .$\displaystyle \boxed{z \,= \,4}$

Substitute into the second equation: .$\displaystyle y + 2(4) \:=\:\text{-}2\quad\Rightarrow\quad\boxed{y \,= \,\text{-}10}$

Substitute into the first equation: .$\displaystyle x + 3(4)\:=\:20\quad\Rightarrow\quad\boxed{ x \,= \,8}$

- Jan 31st 2007, 07:39 AMkwtolleyThanks to you both
Thanks again, I see where I messed up.