Quiz 7. Find a Basis of the Range, Rank, and Nullity of a Matrix

Introduction to Linear Algebra at the Ohio State University quiz problems and solutions

Problem 320

(a) Let $A=\begin{bmatrix}
1 & 3 & 0 & 0 \\
1 &3 & 1 & 2 \\
1 & 3 & 1 & 2
\end{bmatrix}$.
Find a basis for the range $\calR(A)$ of $A$ that consists of columns of $A$.

(b) Find the rank and nullity of the matrix $A$ in part (a).

 
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Solution.

(a) Find a basis for the range $\calR(A)$

Note that the range $\calR(A)$ is the column space of $A$. Thus,
\[\calR(A)=\Span \{A_1, A_2, A_3, A_4\},\] where $A_i$ is the $i$-th column vector of $A$.

We use the “leading 1” method.
We reduce the matrix $A$ by elementary row operations as follows.
We have
\begin{align*}
A\xrightarrow{R_3-R_2} \begin{bmatrix}
1 & 3 & 0 & 0 \\
1 &3 & 1 & 2 \\
0 & 0 & 0 & 0
\end{bmatrix} \xrightarrow{R_2-R_1}
\begin{bmatrix}
1 & 3 & 0 & 0 \\
0 &0 & 1 & 2 \\
0 & 0 & 0 & 0
\end{bmatrix}.
\end{align*}

The first and the third column contain the leading 1’s.
Thus, the set $\{A_1, A_3\}$ is a basis of the range $\calR(A)$, which consists of the first and the third column vectors of $A$.

(b) Find the rank and nullity of the matrix $A$

By part (a), we know that $\{A_1, A_3\}$ is a basis of the range of $A$.
Hence the dimension of the range is $2$.
Thus the rank of $A$, which is the dimension of the range $\calR(A)$, is $2$

Recall the rank-nullity theorem. Since $A$ is a $3\times 4$ matrix, we have
\[\text{rank of } A + \text{nullity of } A=4.\] Since we know that the rank of $A$ is $2$, it follows from the rank-nullity theorem that the nullity of $A$ is $2$.

Comment.

These are Quiz 7 problems for Math 2568 (Introduction to Linear Algebra) at OSU in Spring 2017.

List of Quiz Problems of Linear Algebra (Math 2568) at OSU in Spring 2017

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