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Cramer's Rule (Three Equations)

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Exploration

Show that the solution to the system of three linear equations in three unknowns

is given by

, and

where

.

Approach

Use the Mathematica Det command to compute the appropriate determinants and then substitute the solutions back into the original equations to demonstrate that they solve the equations.

Initialize

To initialize Descarta2D, select the input cell bracket and press SHIFT-Enter.

This initialization assumes that the Descarta2D software has been copied into one of the standard directories for AddOns which are on the Mathematica search path, $Path.

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Solution

Compute the necessary determinants.

Clear[a1,b1,c1,d1,a2,b2,c2,d2,a3,b3,c3,d3];

dx=Det[{{-d1,b1,c1},{-d2,b2,c2},{-d3,b3,c3}}];

dy=Det[{{a1,-d1,c1},{a2,-d2,c2},{a3,-d3,c3}}];

dz=Det[{{a1,b1,-d1},{a2,b2,-d2},{a3,b3,-d3}}];

dD=Det[{{a1,b1,c1},{a2,b2,c2},{a3,b3,c3}}];

Compute the solutions.

{x1,y1,z1}={dx/dD,dy/dD,dz/dD}//Simplify

Show that the solutions solve the original equations.

Clear[x,y];

{a1*x+b1*y+c1*z+d1,

a2*x+b2*y+c2*z+d2,

a3*x+b3*y+c3*z+d3} /.

{x->x1,y->y1,z->z1} //Simplify

Discussion

The Solve command produces the same result.

Clear[z];

Simplify[

Solve[{a1*x+b1*y+c1*z+d1==0,

a2*x+b2*y+c2*z+d2==0,

a3*x+b3*y+c3*z+d3==0},{x,y,z}]

]

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