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What is a linear combination?
What does it mean for vectors to be linearly independent?
The vector equation $x_1v_1 + x_2v_2 +...+ x_rv_r = 0$ can only be solved by choosing $x_1 = x_2 =...= x_r = 0$, the trivial solution.
What does it mean for vectors to be linearly dependent?
The vector equation $x_1v_1 + x_2v_2 +...+ x_rv_r = 0$ has infinitely many solutions for $x_1, x_2,..., x_r$.
What characterizes a singular matrix?
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What characterizes a nonsingular matrix?
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Which of the following are elementary row operations?
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What is GaussJordan elimination?
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What defines a homogeneous system of equations?
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What defines a nonhomogeneous system of equations?
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What does it mean for a system of equations to be consistent?
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What does it mean for a system of equations to be inconsistent?
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What does it mean for two matrices to be row equivalent?
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What is the augmented matrix?
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What is the trivial solution?
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What is a row matrix?
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What is a scalar?
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What is the Euclidean length (Norm)?
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What defines a unit vector?
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What does RREF stand for?
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What is a symmetric matrix?
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What is the main diagonal of a square matrix?
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What is a transpose of a matrix?
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Study Notes
Linear Algebra Concepts

Linear Combination: Sum of the form x1v1 + x2v2 + ... + xnvn where v1, v2, ..., vn are vectors.

Linearly Independent: Vector equation x1v1 + x2v2 + ... + xrvr = 0 has only the trivial solution (x1 = x2 = ... = xr = 0).

Linearly Dependent: Vector equation x1v1 + x2v2 + ... + xrvr = 0 has infinitely many solutions, indicating dependence among the vectors.

Singular Matrix: A square matrix A such that the equation Ax = 0 has infinitely many solutions.

NonSingular Matrix: A square matrix A where the only solution to Ax = 0 is the trivial solution (x = 0).
Matrix Operations and Systems

Elementary Row Operations: Include interchanging two equations, multiplying an equation by a nonzero scalar, and adding a multiple of one equation to another.

GaussJordan Elimination: Method to transform an augmented matrix into Row Reduced Echelon Form (RREF) using elementary row operations.

Homogeneous System: An m x n system where the right side is all zeros (represented as Ax = 0).

NonHomogeneous System: An m x n system where the right side contains nonzero values (represented as Ax = b).
Solution Characteristics

Consistent System: A system of equations that can have either one or infinitely many solutions.

Inconsistent System: A system of equations with no solutions; occurs if the RREF matrix has a row in the form [0 0 ... 0 1].

Row Equivalent Matrices: Two matrices are row equivalent if one can be transformed into the other through elementary operations.
Matrix Representation

Augmented Matrix: Representation of a system of equations as [A  b].

Fixed/Dependent Variable: In RREF, corresponds to a leading 1 variable.

Free/Independent Variable: In RREF, corresponds to a nonleading 1 variable.
Solutions and Dimension

Trivial Solution: A solution where x1 = x2 = ... = xn = 0.

NonTrivial Solutions: Any solution that is not the trivial solution.

Reduced Echelon Form: Matrix form where all zero rows are at the bottom, leading entries are 1s, and each leading 1 is the only nonzero entry in its column.

Dimension of Matrix: Noted as i x j, representing the number of rows (i) and columns (j).
Special Types of Matrices

Main Diagonal: Elements of a square matrix from the top left to the bottom right.

Transpose of Matrix: Denoted as A^T, obtained by interchanging the rows and columns of matrix A.

Symmetric Matrix: A matrix A where A = A^T; values are equal across the main diagonal.
Vector and Scalar Concepts

ntuple: An n x 1 matrix, typically viewed as a column vector.

Vector: A mathematical object represented as a row matrix [x1 x2 ... xn], which has direction.

Scalar: A number without direction that can scale vectors.
Norm and Unit Vector

Euclidean Length (Norm): Denoted x; calculated using the distance formula: x = sqrt((x1)^2 + (x2)^2 + ... + (xn)^2).

Unit Vector: Denoted as ei, an n x 1 matrix with a 1 in the ith position and 0s elsewhere.
Homogeneous and NonHomogeneous Systems

Homogeneous m = n Possibilities: Results can be unique (trivial) or infinitely many; always consistent.

Homogeneous m > n Possibilities: Can also yield unique or infinitely many solutions; always consistent.

Homogeneous m < n Possibilities: Resulting solutions will always involve infinitely many solutions; consistent.

NonHomogeneous m = n Possibilities: May yield unique, infinitely many, or no solutions, can be either consistent or inconsistent.

NonHomogeneous m > n Possibilities: Similar to above, can lead to unique, infinitely many, or no solutions; consistent or inconsistent.

NonHomogeneous m < n: Further exploration needed as the context was truncated.
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Test your understanding of key concepts in Linear Algebra, including linear combinations, independence, and matrix operations. This quiz covers essential topics such as singular and nonsingular matrices, as well as the GaussJordan elimination method.