Lesson 11 To Market with Matrices Solidify Understanding
Solve systems using row reduction of matrices.
How do I use matrices to help me keep track of the elimination process?
Open Up the Math: Launch, Explore, Discuss
Carlos learned about matrices when Elvira, the manager of the school cafeteria, was asked to substitute teach during one of the last days of school before summer vacation. Now that he has worked out a strategy for solving systems of equations by elimination of variables, he is wondering if matrices can help him keep track of his work.
Carlos is reconsidering the following scenario from Shopping for Cats and Dogs, while trying to record his thinking using matrices.
One week Carlos purchased
Carlos realizes that he can represent this scenario using the following matrix:
He also realizes that he can represent the cost of each item with a matrix that looks like this:
So, now he is trying to find a sequence of matrices that can fill in the gaps between the first matrix and the last. He knows from his previous work with solving systems of equations that he can do any of the following manipulations with equations—and he realizes that each of the following manipulations would give him a new row of numbers in a corresponding matrix.
Replace an equation in the system with a constant multiple of that equation.
Replace an equation in the system with the sum or difference of the two equations.
Replace an equation with the sum of that equation and a multiple of the other.
Help Carlos find a sequence of matrices that starts with the matrix that represents the original purchases, and ends with the matrix that represents purchasing one leash or purchasing one brush. For each matrix in your sequence, write out the justification that allows you to write that matrix based on the three manipulations we can perform on the equations in a system. For example, the following matrix transformation can be justified by writing “I replaced the first row of the matrix by multiplying the first row by
Pause and Reflect
Find and justify a sequence of matrices that could be used to solve the following scenario.
One week Carlos tried out cheaper brands of cat and dog food. On Monday he purchased
Based on this information, can you figure out the price of each bag of the cheaper cat and dog food?
Ready for More?
Represent the following context with a matrix:
Three of Carlos and Clarita’s friends are purchasing school supplies at the bookstore. Stan buys
Represent this context with an augmented matrix.
Record and describe your first step in solving this system of equations using row reduction.
To solve a system using row reduction of matrices:
Adding Notation, Vocabulary, and Conventions
An augmented matrix includes
- augmented matrix
- row reductions of matrices
- Bold terms are new in this lesson.
In this lesson, we learned another method to solve systems of linear equations besides graphing, substitution, and elimination. To do so, we represented the system of equations with augmented matrices, and solved the system by using the process of row reduction of matrices.
Solve the system of equations using elimination.
Solve the system of equations by graphing.