Posted by **Jennifer** on Friday, May 2, 2008 at 3:36pm.

I have a problem with the following homework question:

Which product represents the solution to the system: -y + 7x=14

-x + 4y=1

a. | (1/27) (4/27)|

| (7/27) (1/27)|

b. | (-7/3) (4/3) |

| (-1/3) (1/3) |

c. | (7/3) (-4/3) |

| (1/3) (-1/3) |

d. | (-1/27) (-4/27) |

| (-4/27) (-1/27) |

in every answer above, the matrices are multiplied by

|1 |

|14|

I'm totally confused about how they got those answers...I came up with this as a solution: 1/27 mult. by

|4 1 |

|1 7 | mult. by

|14 |

|1 |

i'm not sure what i'm doing wrong...

i really need help with this question. thanks in advance!

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**Damon**, Friday, May 2, 2008 at 5:31pm
7 -1 14

-1 4 1

divide first row by 7 to get 1 at A11

+1 -1/7 + 2

-1 + 4 + 1

add them to get 0 in A21

+1 -1/7 + 2

+0 27/7 + 3

multiply second row by 7/27 to get 1 in A22

+1 -1/7 + 2

+0 + 1 + 7/9

that means y = 7/9. to get rid of the -1/7 in A12, add 1/7 times row 2 to row 1

1 0 19/9

0 1 7/9

so

x = 19/9

y = 7/9

check

-y + 7 x = -7/9 +133/9 = 126/9 = 14 check

-x+4y = -19/9 + 28/9 = 9/9 = 1 check

I think you may have a typo in the problem statement.

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**Jennifer**, Friday, May 2, 2008 at 5:47pm
no, the problem statement is as it is on my sheet.

do you know how to answer the question how they want it (a, b, c, or d)?

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**Damon**, Friday, May 2, 2008 at 6:25pm
trying inverse at the same time

7 -1 14 1 0

-1 4 1 0 1

divide first row by 7 to get 1 at A11

+1 -1/7 + 2 +1/7 0

-1 + 4 + 1 0 1

add them to get 0 in A21

+1 -1/7 + 2 1/7 0

+0 27/7 + 3 1/7 1

multiply second row by 7/27 to get 1 in A22

+1 -1/7 + 2 1/7 0

+0 + 1 + 7/9 1/27 7/27

that means y = 7/9. to get rid of the -1/7 in A12, add 1/7 times row 2 to row 1

1 0 19/9 4/27 1/27

0 1 7/9 1/27 7/27

That means the inverse is

4/27 1/27

1/27 7/27

that inverse times the column 14 1

should solve it

4/27 1/27 | 14

1/27 7/27 | 1

19/9

7/9

caramba

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**Damon**, Friday, May 2, 2008 at 6:28pm
so answer a does it

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**Damon**, Friday, May 2, 2008 at 6:30pm
but I had to multiply by {14 1} not {1 14}

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**Damon**, Friday, May 2, 2008 at 6:33pm
In other words, we agree.

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**Jennifer**, Friday, May 2, 2008 at 7:20pm
thanks, this question is very strange but your replies are veryvery helpful =)

much appreciated!

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