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Consider the following system of linear equations : $$2x_1 - x_2 + 3x_3 = 1$$ $$3x_1 + 2x_2 + 5x_3 = 2$$ $$-x_1+4x_2+x_3 = 3$$ The system of equations has

  1. no solution
  2. a unique solution
  3. more than one but a finite number of solutions
  4. an infinite number of solutions
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rank of matrix = rank of augmented matrix = no of unknown = 3
so unique solution..
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Can case C arise? If Yes, how shall we determine?

when rank of matrix = rank of augmented matrixno of unknown 

then it is infinite solutions. r < n, that is option D. I'm asking about option C
i think more than one but a finite number of solutions will never arise

as we have only 3 cases r=n,r<n and r>n
yes c option case can never arise
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