In this example, we want to utilize your graphing calculator to solve the system

Start by converting this system to an augmented matrix,

Your calculator can put a matrix into reduced row echelon form using the rref command.

Enter the Matrix

  • Press y—to access the MATRIX menu.
  • Use ~to go to EDIT.
  • Press Àor move the cursor to 1: [A] and press

Í. Note that if you used this matrix name before, it will have a dimension next to it.

  • Enter the dimension of matrix A as 3 x 4.
  • Enter the values into the matrix as shown. Press Í after each entry. Note that the position is given at the bottom of the screen as 3,1=1 etc. This matrix will need two screens. Use ~to see last column and to enter.
  • Press yzto QUIT and return to the home screen.

View the Matrix on the Home Screen

  • Press y—to access the MATRIX menu. You are in the NAMES menu.
  • Move the cursor to 1: [A] and press Í. This will put [A] on the Home screen.
  • Press Íto view the matrix on the home screen. You may need to use the right arrow to scroll through the entire matrix.

Find the reduced row-echelon form of the matrix

  • Press y—to access the MATRIX menu.
  • Use ~to go to MATH.
  • Use †to select B: rref( . Press Í. This puts rref( on the home screen.
  • To enter the name of the matrix you wish to use in the parentheses, press yœto access the MATRIX menu.
  • Press Àor highlight 1: [A] and press Í. This will paste the name of the matrix we entered above, [A], into the rref ( command on the home screen. If you enter the name of the matrix any other way, you will get an ERR: DATA TYPE message.
  • Press Íto calculate the reduced row echelon form of the augmented matrix.

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