       Re: Matrices with Mathematica 5.1

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• Subject: [mg63327] Re: Matrices with Mathematica 5.1
• From: "Jean-Marc Gulliet" <jeanmarc.gulliet at gmail.com>
• Date: Sat, 24 Dec 2005 07:18:53 -0500 (EST)
• Organization: The Open University, Milton Keynes, U.K.
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```"drizkol" <drizkol at gmail.com> a écrit dans le message de news:
dogk9i\$pqf\$1 at smc.vnet.net...
|I would like to solve the system given by:
|
| [1  7  -2  0  -8  -3]
| [0  0  1  1    6   5]
| [0  0  0  1    3   9]
| [0  0  0  0    0   0]
|
| Where the matrix is a typical matrix in the form x1+x2+...+xn = b where
| b is the last item in the row.  For example, row 1 could be written as
| x1 + 7x2 - 2x3 -8x4 = -3.  How could I get mathematica to solve this
| matrix?  I understand how to build a matrix, I just need to know the
| operation to run on it.  I tried to use LinearSolve but I did something
| wrong.  Is there a built-in operation to solve these matrices?  If so,
|

The above matrix is the _augmented_ matrix of the system of linear
equations. For a system such as m . x == b, Mathematica built-in function
*LinearSolve* expects two arguments: a matrix m of coefficients of x (a 5 x
4 matrix in your case) and a column vector b (a 4 x 1 vector in your case)
corresponding to the values of the RHS of the system. Therefore,

In:= m = {{1, 7, -2, 0, -8}, {0, 0, 1, 1, 6},
{0, 0, 0, 1, 3}, {0, 0, 0, 0, 0}};

In:= b = {{-3}, {5}, {9}, {0}};

In:= x = LinearSolve[m, b]
Out= {{-11}, {0}, {-4}, {9}, {0}}

In:= m . x == b
Out= True

will do it.

Best regards,
/J.M.

```

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