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# 1111_08_t1sol - MATH1111/29Sept08/Test1 1 THE UNIVERSITY OF...

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Unformatted text preview: MATH1111/29Sept08/Test1 1 THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG DEPARTMENT OF MATHEMATICS Linear Algebra Test 1 Solution Outline 1. (12 marks) Consider a linear system whose augmented matrix is of the form   1 2 1 2 5 3- 1 1 β   . (a) Is it possible for the system to be inconsistent? Explain. (b) For what values of β will the system have infinitely many solutions? Ans . (a) (5 marks) No. The system always has the trivial solution (i.e. all variables equal zero). So it is always consistent. (b) (7 marks) By applying elementary row operations, we have   1 2 1 2 5 3- 1 1 β  - 2 R 1 + R 2-----------→   1 2 1 1 1- 1 1 β   R 1 + R 3-----------→   1 2 1 0 1 1 0 3 β + 1  - 3 R 2 + R 3-----------→   1 2 1 0 1 1 0 0 β- 2   . The consistent system has free variable if and only if β- 2 = 0. So the system has infinitely many solution if and only if β = 2....
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## This note was uploaded on 09/06/2010 for the course MATH MATH1111 taught by Professor Forgot during the Fall '08 term at HKU.

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1111_08_t1sol - MATH1111/29Sept08/Test1 1 THE UNIVERSITY OF...

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