Main Question or Discussion Point
How do you know, when you have to stop row-equivalent operations when you are trying to get a 'reduced row-echelon' form of a given matrix. Is it necessary to have all the columns with pivot element as 1 and rest as 0? do you need to continue the operation if you already have a all 0 row? I want to use the number of columns with pivot element as 1 to determine the linearly indendent columns.