  # Hello,I am not confident in this Linear Algebra question: Suppose that a nonhomogeneous system with 10 linear equations in 8 unknowns has a solution with 2 free variables. Is it possible to change some constants on the equations’ right hand side to make the new system inconsistent? Explain in detail. Help would be greatly appreciated

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I am not confident in this Linear Algebra question:

Suppose that a nonhomogeneous system with 10 linear equations in 8 unknowns has a solution with 2 free variables. Is it possible to change some constants on the equations’ right hand side to make the new system inconsistent? Explain in detail.

Help would be greatly appreciated

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Step 1

Consider the system,

Step 2

It is given that two free variable. help_outlineImage Transcriptionclosedim(Nul A) nullity (A) 2 free variable] =2 The rank theorem states, the dimension of the column space and the row space of mxn matrix A are equal. This common dimension, the rank of A equals to the number of pivot position in A and it satisfies rankA+dim(NulA)=n That is, dim(NulA)=n-rankA RankA 8-dim(Nul A) 8-2 = 6 fullscreen
Step 3

Thus, the dimension of column... help_outlineImage Transcriptionclosedim (Col A) rankA - 6 Since ColA is a subspace of R, it can be concluded that Col A = 6 (R"). 6 10 This implies that x-> Ax is onto R° Hence, the new system with linear equations is inconsistent fullscreen

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