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Solutions to vector equation

  1. Mar 26, 2015 #1
    I have some doubts about the solution to ## x + (x \cdot a)c = b ## according to the first attachment, (Alan F. Beardon, Algebra and geometry)? λ = 1 and μ =1

    He says that we should view the above equation as a line ## x + t*c = b## then substitute this x back into ## x + (x \cdot a)c = b ## but t also has x in it? As ## x + t*c = b## comes from ## x + (x \cdot a)c = b ## how can we put it back into the original equation as above?

    Next, I made the substitution in the second attachment. Please explain why t is all the real numbers as solution when ## a \cdot b = 0 ## AND ## 1 + a \cdot c = 0 ##? ##\frac{0}{0}## is undefined right? is that why t can be any value?
     

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  3. Mar 30, 2015 #2

    Svein

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    So scalar multiply this equation with a. This will give you a solution for x⋅a and then for x.
     
  4. Mar 31, 2015 #3
    ## x \cdot a +(x \cdot a)(c \cdot a) = (b \cdot a)##

    factorising ## x \cdot a ## gives ## (x \cdot a)(1 + (c \cdot a)) = (b \cdot a) ##

    ## (x \cdot a) = \frac{(b \cdot a)}{(1 + (c \cdot a))} ##

    say RHS = the scalar m then

    ##x_1 a_1 + x_2 a_2 + x_3 a_3 = m## now how to find x1, x2 & x3?
     
  5. Mar 31, 2015 #4

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    You have just computed x⋅a. Your original equation says x+(x⋅a)c=b. I assume that b and c are given. Solve for x
     
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