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Overdetermined System of Equations

A linear system of equations in which there are more equations than there are variables. For example, a system with three equations and only two unknowns is overdetermined. Note that an overdetermined system might be either consistent or inconsistent, depending on the equations.

 

See also

Underdetermined system of equations

 


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Mathwords: Terms and Formulas from Algebra I to Calculus
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