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sami23

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## Homework Statement

Suppose a non-homogeneous system, Ax = b, of 3 linear equations in 5 unknowns (3x5 matrix) and 3 free variables, prove there is no solution for any vector b.

## Homework Equations

Using the rank theroem:

n = rank A + dim Nul(A) where n = # of columns; dim Nul(A) = # free variables

## The Attempt at a Solution

rank A = n - dim Nul(A) = 5-3 = 2 (which represents the pivot columns)

How do I know there are no solutions for any vector b knowing there can be at most 3 pivot columns?