1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data I am asked to find all the values of "b" for which the following system has a nontrivial (i.e non-zero solution). 2. Relevant equations bx1 - bx3 = 0 x1 + (b+1)x2 + 2x3 = 0 bx1 + (2b+2) x2 = 0 3. The attempt at a solution I know that I am needing to solve for the equations so that I dont' end up with a row of all zeroes. But I am just confused as to where to start. Because I have a bunch of different variables, and I dont know if I should assign parameters to begin with or not?