Posted on Friday, 14 August, 2009 - 06:24 pm:

hi..thanks

Question: Find the two values of k for which the equations

(1) 6x + 3y = 9

(2) kx + 8y = 6

do not have a unique solution. In both cases find the solution set for the equations

My attempt:

I'm looking for the values of which the coefficient matrix is zero this is 48 - 3k = 0 or k =16

I input these into the equation and obtain

(1') 6x + 3y = 9

(2') 16x + 8y = 6

or equivalently

(1') y = 3 - 2x

(2') y = (2/4)- 2x

from which I conclude that the equations are not consistent, rather they represent two parallel planes that do not meet, i.e. no solution

From here on I don't know what to do to obtain a second value of k, presumably the one where the lines are the same, i can't think that this would be true for any value of k.

Thanks, also here's the book's answer:

k=4. (3/2, -2t, t); k = -4, no solution (personally I think the book is bonkers)