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Lecture 7

Week 3 (lecture 7-9) Lecture Notes

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Patrick Roh

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Find the shortest distance from the point to the plane 
This plane does NOT pass through the origin.
The vector
does NOT go from the plane to .
The normal vector of the plane is
We need a vector from ANY point on the plane to .
The point is on the plane
Systems of linear equations
An equation of the form for constants is called a linear equation.
The constants are the coefficients of the variables .
A set of linear equations is called a system of linear equations.
(Note: A linear equation can be represented geometrically as a hyperplane.)
Lec 7 - Shortest paths and System of Linear Equations
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
9:33 AM
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is a linear equation.
is NOT a linear equation.
is a linear equation. (should be written as .)
(This is known as the standard form)
In general, we will be looking at systems of linear equations in variables:
Where is the coefficient of variable in the equation .
Any vector
is a solution of the system if the equations are satisfied when
A system of linear equations is consistent if there is at least one solution.
Otherwise it is inconsistent.
This system has
as a solution.
The system is consistent.
Geometrically, we have two planes in that intersect. The point is one of the points of intersection.
No solutions. System is inconsistent.
Geometrically, we have two lines in that are parallel and thus do NOT intersect.
In general, a solution of a system of linear equations in variables is a point in where hyperplanes represented
by the linear equations, intersect.
We could have a system with
No solution. (Inconsistent)
Eg parallel hyper planes.
One solution.
All the hyperplanes intersect at a single point.
Eg Intersection of the planes is a line.
More than one solution
Can you create a system with exactly 2 solutions?
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Can you create a system with exactly 2 solutions?
Theorem: If the following system of linear equations:
has two distinct solutions
is a solution for any and each gives a different solution.
(A consistent system with more than one solution has infinitely many solutions.)
For each equation :
is a solution to the system for any
Assume , but
then , a contraction.
Thus each gives a different solution.
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