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Solving linear systems using Cramer's Rule

Last chapter we saw that we are able to solve linear systems with Gaussian Elimination. Now we are going to take a look at a new method which involves solving linear systems with Cramer's Rule. Cramer's Rule requires us to find the determinant of 2 x 2 and 3 x 3 matrices (depends on your linear system). However, this rule can only be used if you have the same number of equations and variables. If you have a different number of equations and variables, then finding the determinant will be impossible. Hence, it will not be possible to use Cramer's rule.

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This is a different way of solving linear systems. Instead of using Gaussian Eliminations, you can use Cramer’s Rule! Make sure to review your determinants of 2 x 2 and 3 x 3 matrices.

Cramer’s Rule for 2 x 2 matrices:
x=DxDx=\frac{D_x}{D}

y=DyDy=\frac{D_y}{D}

Cramer’s Rule for 3 x 3 matrices:
x=DxDx=\frac{D_x}{D}

y=DyDy=\frac{D_y}{D}

z=DzDz=\frac{D_z}{D}

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    Cramer’s Rule Overview:
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    Cramer’s Rule with 2 x 2 matrices
    Solve the following linear systems with Cramer’s Rule”
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    Cramer’s Rule with 3 x 3 matrices
    Solve the following linear systems with Cramer’s Rule”
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