Are all homogeneous systems inconsistent?????????????

### 2 Answers | Add Yours

Hi, gomezzzzz,

First, nope, all homogeneous systems are not inconsistent. To show why, I would need to get into matrices and their relation to systems.

Take for instance:

2x+5y = 0

3x - 7y = 0

Only as an example, to show the relation to matrices. This can be written in matrix form as:

| 2 5 | * | x | = | 0 |

| | | | | |

| 3 -7 | | y | | 0 |

Sorry, "|" is the best matrix symbols I can find. Shortening it, we would write it as:

Ax = 0

Where A is the coefficient matrix, "x" is the matrix with x and y, and "0" is the matrix with the zeros.

Now, we will get general, using only Ax=0. One may consider that, given this equation, x would have to be equal to 0. But, recall, the determinant of A could be 0, also. If det |A| = 0, then x could be anything, making the system inconsistent.

I hope this helps. Good luck.

A homogeneuos system of equation is always consistent because it has always at least one solution i.e. trivial solution. X=Y=Z=......=0

### Join to answer this question

Join a community of thousands of dedicated teachers and students.

Join eNotes