Stuck on "Reduced Row-Echelon Form is Unique" proof

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Mar 20, 2009, 6:21:01 PM3/20/09
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First of all, I would like to say - Robert, Big Thanks for such a
great book !!! I am learning Algebra on my own, bough paper copy and
after doing several chapters, have to say that this is one of the best
math books I held in my hands.

I am stuck on one step in "Reduced Row-Echelon Form is Unique" proof.

In the latest edition(2.1.1) , page 34, Second part of Second Step,
how do you get scalar δ equal to zero ?

Thanks !
- Alex

Zoltán Tóth

Mar 20, 2009, 7:27:15 PM3/20/09
The first part of the second step proves it.

Rob Beezer

Mar 21, 2009, 12:00:00 AM3/21/09
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Hi Alex,

Glad to hear you are finding the book useful. This one of a handful
of proofs that are very difficult to chase your way through, and it
comes early in the book.

Zoltán has the right explanation. What should I put out to the right
as a reason to make this clear? "Just above", "Previous ____" or
something else? Suggestions would be welcome.

I think the third and fourth steps need the same treatment, and I see
now that the very end should appeal to Definition ME also.

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