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I have to find (a,b) \in R when the system of linear equations

a) have no solution

b) have one solution

c) have infinitely mane solutions.

I've converted the equations so they're on a row echelon form. My question is, what do I do from here?

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I have to find (a,b) \in R when the system of linear equations

a) have no solution

b) have one solution

c) have infinitely mane solutions.

I've converted the equations so they're on a row echelon form. My question is, what do I do from here?

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x

-(a+1)x

(2a+2)x

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This is it: http://peecee.dk/uploads/042009/Screenshot-1.png

Should I reduce it even further to the "reduced row echelon form", if I want to use your suggestion?

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a^2+a = 0 => a=0 or a=-1

No solution:

a^2+a=0 and ab+b != 0

a=0, b \in R except 0

One solution:

ab+b != 0 <=> ab != -b

a \in R except -1 and b \in R or the opposite.

No unique solution:

a^2+a=0 and ab+b = 0

a=0 and b= 0 or a=-1 and b \in R

Is this correct?

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