# For which value(s) of $\lambda$, do the pair of linear equations $\lambda x+y=\lambda^{2}$ and $x+\lambda y=1$ have no solution?

Given:

The given system of equations is:

$\lambda x+y=\lambda^{2}$ and $x+\lambda y=1$

To do:

We have to find the value of $\lambda$ for which the given system of equations have

(i) no solution.

(ii) infinitely many solutions

(iii) a unique solution

Solution:

The given system of equations can be written as:

$\lambda x + y -\lambda^2=0$

$x + \lambda y -1=0$

The standard form of system of equations of two variables is $a_{1} x+b_{1} y+c_{1}=0$ and $a_{2} x+b_{2} y-c_{2}=0$.

Comparing the given system of equations with the standard form of equations, we have,

$a_1=\lambda, b_1=1, c_1=-\lambda^2$ and $a_2=1, b_2=\lambda, c_2=-1$

(i) The condition for which the above system of equations has no solution is

$\frac{a_{1}}{a_{2}} \ =\frac{b_{1}}{b_{2}} ≠ \frac{c_{1}}{c_{2}} \$

Therefore,

$\frac{\lambda}{1}=\frac{1}{\lambda}≠\frac{-\lambda^2}{-1}$

$\lambda=\frac{1}{\lambda}≠\lambda^2$

$\lambda=\frac{1}{\lambda}$ and $\frac{1}{\lambda}≠\lambda^2$

$\lambda \times \lambda=1$ and $\lambda^2 \times \lambda≠1$

$\lambda^2=1$ and $\lambda^3≠1$

$\lambda=1$ or $\lambda=-1$ and $\lambda≠1$

Therefore,

$\lambda=-1$

The value of $\lambda$ for which the given system of equations has no solution is $-1$.

(ii) The condition for which the above system of equations has infinitely many solutions is

$\frac{a_{1}}{a_{2}} \ =\frac{b_{1}}{b_{2}} = \frac{c_{1}}{c_{2}} \$

Therefore,

$\frac{\lambda}{1}=\frac{1}{\lambda}=\frac{-\lambda^2}{-1}$

$\lambda=\frac{1}{\lambda}=\lambda^2$

$\lambda=\frac{1}{\lambda}$ and $\frac{1}{\lambda}=\lambda^2$

$\lambda \times \lambda=1$ and $\lambda^2 \times \lambda=1$

$\lambda^2=1$ and $\lambda^3=1$

$\lambda=1$ or $\lambda=-1$ and $\lambda=1$

Therefore,

$\lambda=1$

The value of $\lambda$ for which the given system of equations has infinitely many solutions is $1$.

(iii) The condition for which the above system of equations has a unique solution is

$\frac{a_{1}}{a_{2}} \ ≠ \frac{b_{1}}{b_{2}} \$

Therefore,

$\frac{\lambda}{1}≠ \frac{1}{\lambda}$

$\lambda≠ \frac{1}{\lambda}$

$\lambda \times \lambda≠ 1$

$\lambda^2≠ 1$

$\lambda≠ 1$ or $\lambda≠ -1$

Therefore, the values of $\lambda$ for which the given system of equations have a unique solution is "All real values except $-1$ and $1$".

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