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Introduction Information in science, business, and mathematics is often organized into rows and columns to form rectangular arrays called “matrices” (plural of “matrix”). Matrices often appear as tables of numerical data that arise from physical observations, but they occur in various mathematical contexts as well. Example:

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Linear Equations A line in a 2D plane (or x-y coordinate system) can be represented as And a line in a 3D plane as The following are examples of linear equations The following are NOT linear equations

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A finite set of linear equations are called linear systems (or systems of linear equations) The variables are our unknowns A general linear system of m equations in the n unknowns are written as

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2 & 3 Unknowns in Linear Systems Linear systems in two unknowns arise in connection with intersections of lines. For example, consider the linear system in which the graphs of the equations are lines in the xy-plane. Each solution (x, y) of this system corresponds to a point of intersection of the lines, so there are three possibilities

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In general we say that the linear system is consistent if it has 1 solution No solutions means the linear system is inconsistent

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Augmented Matrices As the number of equations and unknowns increase, so does the complexity of solving the system of linear equations. We can abbreviate the linear system by partitioned matrixaugmented matrix

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What are Augmented Matrices? An augmented matrix of a system of linear equations is really just that system without the variables and signs (+ - x / =) The augmented matrix for

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Elementary Row Operations The basic method for solving a linear system is to perform appropriate algebraic operations on the system that do not alter the solution set The 3 common row operations performed on a matrix: Multiply a row through by a nonzero constant Switch two distinct rows Add one row to another row

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Example

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Introduction to Elimination In this section we will develop a systematic procedure for solving systems of linear equations. The procedure is based on the idea of performing operations on rows of augmented matrix that simplify it to a form from which the solution to that system can be found. Almost all of the methods that are used for solving large systems of equations are based on the simple laws that we will develop here.

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Reduced Row Echelon Form (RREF) To be RREF a matrix must have: If a row does not consist entirely of zeros then the first nonzero number in the row is a 1. If there are any rows that consist entirely of zeros then they are grouped together @ bottom of matrix In any 2 successive rows that do not consist entirely of zeros the leading 1 in the lower row occurs farther to the right than the leading 1 in the higher row Each column that contains a leading 1 has zeros everywhere else in that column

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A matrix that has the first 3 properties is in ROW ECHELON FORM. A matrix that has all 4 properties is in REDUCED ROW ECHELON FORM.

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Example: More on REF | RREF

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Definitions General Solution = A set of parametric equations from which all solutions can be obtained by assigning numerical values to the parameters. Applicable only when a linear system has many solutions. An m X n matrix is a rectangular array of numbers with m rows and n columns Size and arrangement matters

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Examples of matrices in REF

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Examples of matrices NOT in REF

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The 3 Elementary Row Operations 1. Scale a row by a non-zero real number 2. Add a non-zero multiple of one row to another 3. Exchange two rows Example of how to do this is shown on next slide

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Just keep doing Steps 1 – 4 for all the other rows

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Just keep doing Steps 1 – 4 for all the other rows… Note: some steps are missing and the final result is shown below

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Determining solutions from REF of augmented matrix We use Gaussian elimination to put the augmented matrix of a system of linear equations in REF (row echelon form). If the augmented matrix of a system is in row echelon form, we can determine the solutions using substitution, starting with the last equation and working upward. This is method of back-substitution

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Possibilities for solutions The system has no solution = therefore the system is inconsistent The system has a unique solution = therefore the system is consistent The system has infinitely many solutions THEOREM: If a REF of the augmented matrix of a system of equations has a leading 1 in the final column then the system is inconsistent & has no solutions.

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Example of the Theorem

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More on the Theorem If the row echelon form of the augmented matrix of a system of linear equations does not have a leading 1 in the final column then the system has a solution.

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Variables and Parameters Leading variables = the variables corresponding to the columns which contain a leading 1 Free variables = variables that are free to take on any value. We usually assign them an arbitrary constant. Parameters = The arbitrary constants given to the free variables Different free variables can have different values so you need to represent their values with different symbols.

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Gauss Jordan Elimination Gauss-Jordan elimination is an extension of Gaussian elimination. Once a matrix is in row echelon form, suitable multiples of lower rows are added to upper rows to put zeros above each leading 1 starting with the leading 1 in the lowest row and working upwards.

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Matrices and RREF A matrix is said to be in reduced row echelon form (RREF) is it is in row echelon form and any column containing a leading 1 has zeros everywhere else in that column. Gauss-Jordan Elimination will always result in a matrix in RREF

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Properties of Products If A and B are m x n matrices and x and y are n x 1 column matrices and k is a real number then:

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For First Column: For Second Column: For Third Column: Therefore

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KNOW THIS !!!

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Symmetric Matrices

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Identity Matrix

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Theorem:

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Properties of Matrices

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Theorem of Invertible Matrices:

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Questions to Get Done Suggested practice problems (11th edition) Section 1.1 #7, 11, 13 Section 1.2 #1, 3, 9, 11, 17, 19, 21, 25 Section 1.3 #3(a)-(h), 5(a)-(h), 7-15 odd, 23 Section 1.4: #1, 3, 37, 39, 45, 49 Section 1.5: #1-7 odd, 9-17 odd, 19, 23, 25 Section 1.6: #1-17 odd

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