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Adding and subtracting matrices

We use matrices to list data or to represent systems. Because the entries are numbers, we can perform operations on matrices. We add or subtract matrices by adding or subtracting corresponding entries.

In order to do this, the entries must correspond. Therefore, addition and subtraction of matrices is only possible when the matrices have the same dimensions . We can add or subtract a   3   ×   3   matrix and another   3   ×   3   matrix, but we cannot add or subtract a   2   ×   3   matrix and a   3   ×   3   matrix because some entries in one matrix will not have a corresponding entry in the other matrix.

Adding and subtracting matrices

Given matrices A and B of like dimensions, addition and subtraction of A and B will produce matrix C or
matrix D of the same dimension.

A + B = C  such that  a i j + b i j = c i j
A B = D  such that  a i j b i j = d i j

Matrix addition is commutative.

A + B = B + A

It is also associative.

( A + B ) + C = A + ( B + C )

Finding the sum of matrices

Find the sum of A and B , given

A = [ a b c d ]    and   B = [ e f g h ]

Add corresponding entries.

A + B = [ a b c d ] + [ e f g h ]           = [ a + e b + f c + g d + h ]
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Adding matrix A And matrix B

Find the sum of A and B .

A = [ 4 1 3 2 ]   and   B = [ 5 9 0 7 ]

Add corresponding entries. Add the entry in row 1, column 1, a 11 , of matrix A to the entry in row 1, column 1, b 11 , of B . Continue the pattern until all entries have been added.

A + B = [ 4 1 3 2 ] + [ 5 9 0 7 ]           = [ 4 + 5 1 + 9 3 + 0 2 + 7 ]           = [ 9 10 3 9 ]
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Finding the difference of two matrices

Find the difference of A and B .

A = [ −2 3 0 1 ]   and   B = [ 8 1 5 4 ]

We subtract the corresponding entries of each matrix.

A B = [ 2 3 0 1 ] [ 8 1 5 4 ]           = [ 2 8 3 1 0 5 1 4 ]           = [ 10 2 5 3 ]
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Finding the sum and difference of two 3 x 3 matrices

Given A and B :

  1. Find the sum.
  2. Find the difference.
A = [ 2 −10 −2 14 12 10 4 −2 2 ]  and  B = [ 6 10 −2 0 −12 −4 −5 2 −2 ]
  1. Add the corresponding entries.
    A + B = [ 2 10 2 14 12 10 4 2 2 ] + [ 6 10 2 0 12 4 5 2 2 ] = [ 2 + 6 10 + 10 2 2 14 + 0 12 12 10 4 4 5 2 + 2 2 2 ] = [ 8 0 4 14 0 6 1 0 0 ]
  2. Subtract the corresponding entries.
    A B = [ 2 −10 −2 14 12 10 4 −2 2 ] [ 6 10 −2 0 −12 −4 −5 2 −2 ] = [ 2 6 −10 10 −2 + 2 14 0 12 + 12 10 + 4 4 + 5 −2 2 2 + 2 ] = [ −4 −20 0 14 24 14 9 −4 4 ]
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Add matrix A and matrix B .

A = [ 2 6 1 0 1 −3 ]   and   B = [ 3 −2 1 5 −4 3 ]
A + B = [ 2 1 1 6 0 −3 ] + [ 3 1 −4 −2 5 3 ] = [ 2 + 3 1 + 1 1 + ( −4 ) 6 + ( −2 ) 0 + 5 −3 + 3 ] = [ 5 2 −3 4 5 0 ]
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Finding scalar multiples of a matrix

Besides adding and subtracting whole matrices, there are many situations in which we need to multiply a matrix by a constant called a scalar. Recall that a scalar is a real number quantity that has magnitude, but not direction. For example, time, temperature, and distance are scalar quantities. The process of scalar multiplication involves multiplying each entry in a matrix by a scalar. A scalar multiple    is any entry of a matrix that results from scalar multiplication.

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