Matrices: Number of solutions of Ax=c if we know the solutions to Ax=b

  • #1
Hey guys,

Here is my question.

A is a 4x4 matrix and there are two vectors, b and c, which have 4 real numbers. If we are told that A(vector x)=(vector b) has an unique solution, how many solutions does A(vector x)=(vector c) have?

I honestly have no idea how to do this. I know that for A would be in the following rref form:

1 0 0 0
0 1 0 0 for Ax=b.
0 0 1 0
0 0 0 1
 

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  • #2
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"A(vector x)=(vector b) has an unique solution" is another way of saying that A has an inverse. How many inverses can a matrix have?
 
  • #3
Only 1. So does this mean there is no solution for Ax=c?
 
  • #4
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It means there is only one solution for Ax=c:

Inv(A)A x=Inv(A)c → x=Inv(A)c
 
  • #5
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Another way to see it: suppose there is more than one solution to Ax = c.

If Ax1 = c and A x2 = c, then A(x1-x2) = 0

So if Ax = b, would be another solution A(x+x1-x2) = b

But there is only one solution to Ax = b.
 

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