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Column swap in an augmented matrix

  1. Mar 11, 2010 #1
    This may seem like a very obvious question, but I thought it may be some sort of trick that my lecturer thought I may overlook... Well, when swapping columns of an augmented matrix, the solution set is unchanged (as long as you don't swap the 'b' column) is this correct? It is only swapping the way the matrix is set out (and would give you a different route to solve) but the solutions should not be altered in anyway.
     
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  3. Mar 11, 2010 #2

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    Yes, basically, that is true- although it may change how you interpret the results. It is essentially the same as changing the equations

    2x+ 3y= 1, x- 2y= 2 to 3y+ 2x= 1, -2y+ x= 2.

    The only thing that has changed is which column represents "x" and which represents "y".
     
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