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Using a calculator to perform matrix operations

Find A B C given

A = [ −15 25 32 41 −7 −28 10 34 −2 ] , B = [ 45 21 −37 −24 52 19 6 −48 −31 ] , and  C = [ −100 −89 −98 25 −56 74 −67 42 −75 ] .

On the matrix page of the calculator, we enter matrix A above as the matrix variable [ A ] , matrix B above as the matrix variable [ B ] , and matrix C above as the matrix variable [ C ] .

On the home screen of the calculator, we type in the problem and call up each matrix variable as needed.

[ A ] × [ B ] [ C ]

The calculator gives us the following matrix.

[ 983 462 136 1 , 820 1 , 897 856 311 2 , 032 413 ]
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Access these online resources for additional instruction and practice with matrices and matrix operations.

Key concepts

  • A matrix is a rectangular array of numbers. Entries are arranged in rows and columns.
  • The dimensions of a matrix refer to the number of rows and the number of columns. A 3 × 2 matrix has three rows and two columns. See [link] .
  • We add and subtract matrices of equal dimensions by adding and subtracting corresponding entries of each matrix. See [link] , [link] , [link] , and [link] .
  • Scalar multiplication involves multiplying each entry in a matrix by a constant. See [link] .
  • Scalar multiplication is often required before addition or subtraction can occur. See [link] .
  • Multiplying matrices is possible when inner dimensions are the same—the number of columns in the first matrix must match the number of rows in the second.
  • The product of two matrices, A and B , is obtained by multiplying each entry in row 1 of A by each entry in column 1 of B ; then multiply each entry of row 1 of A by each entry in columns 2 of B , and so on. See [link] and [link] .
  • Many real-world problems can often be solved using matrices. See [link] .
  • We can use a calculator to perform matrix operations after saving each matrix as a matrix variable. See [link] .

Section exercises

Verbal

Can we add any two matrices together? If so, explain why; if not, explain why not and give an example of two matrices that cannot be added together.

No, they must have the same dimensions. An example would include two matrices of different dimensions. One cannot add the following two matrices because the first is a 2 × 2 matrix and the second is a 2 × 3 matrix. [ 1 2 3 4 ] + [ 6 5 4 3 2 1 ] has no sum.

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Can we multiply any column matrix by any row matrix? Explain why or why not.

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Can both the products A B and B A be defined? If so, explain how; if not, explain why.

Yes, if the dimensions of A are m × n and the dimensions of B are n × m , both products will be defined.

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Can any two matrices of the same size be multiplied? If so, explain why, and if not, explain why not and give an example of two matrices of the same size that cannot be multiplied together.

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Does matrix multiplication commute? That is, does A B = B A ? If so, prove why it does. If not, explain why it does not.

Not necessarily. To find A B , we multiply the first row of A by the first column of B to get the first entry of A B . To find B A , we multiply the first row of B by the first column of A to get the first entry of B A . Thus, if those are unequal, then the matrix multiplication does not commute.

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Algebraic

For the following exercises, use the matrices below and perform the matrix addition or subtraction. Indicate if the operation is undefined.

A = [ 1 3 0 7 ] , B = [ 2 14 22 6 ] , C = [ 1 5 8 92 12 6 ] , D = [ 10 14 7 2 5 61 ] , E = [ 6 12 14 5 ] , F = [ 0 9 78 17 15 4 ]

C + D

[ 11 19 15 94 17 67 ]

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D B

Undidentified; dimensions do not match

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For the following exercises, use the matrices below to perform scalar multiplication.

A = [ 4 6 13 12 ] , B = [ 3 9 21 12 0 64 ] , C = [ 16 3 7 18 90 5 3 29 ] , D = [ 18 12 13 8 14 6 7 4 21 ]

3 B

[ 9 27 63 36 0 192 ]

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−4 C

[ −64 −12 −28 −72 −360 −20 −12 −116 ]

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100 D

[ 1 , 800 1 , 200 1 , 300 800 1 , 400 600 700 400 2 , 100 ]

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For the following exercises, use the matrices below to perform matrix multiplication.

A = [ −1 5 3 2 ] , B = [ 3 6 4 −8 0 12 ] , C = [ 4 10 −2 6 5 9 ] , D = [ 2 −3 12 9 3 1 0 8 −10 ]

B D

[ 60 41 2 −16 120 −216 ]

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C B

[ −68 24 136 −54 −12 64 −57 30 128 ]

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For the following exercises, use the matrices below to perform the indicated operation if possible. If not possible, explain why the operation cannot be performed.

A = [ 2 −5 6 7 ] , B = [ −9 6 −4 2 ] , C = [ 0 9 7 1 ] , D = [ −8 7 −5 4 3 2 0 9 2 ] , E = [ 4 5 3 7 −6 −5 1 0 9 ]

4 A + 5 D

Undefined; dimensions do not match.

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3 D + 4 E

[ −8 41 −3 40 −15 −14 4 27 42 ]

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100 D −10 E

[ −840 650 −530 330 360 250 −10 900 110 ]

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For the following exercises, use the matrices below to perform the indicated operation if possible. If not possible, explain why the operation cannot be performed. (Hint: A 2 = A A )

A = [ −10 20 5 25 ] , B = [ 40 10 −20 30 ] , C = [ −1 0 0 −1 1 0 ]

B A

[ −350 1 , 050 350 350 ]

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B C

Undefined; inner dimensions do not match.

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B 2

[ 1 , 400 700 −1 , 400 700 ]

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B 2 A 2

[ 332 , 500 927 , 500 −227 , 500 87 , 500 ]

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( A B ) 2

[ 490 , 000 0 0 490 , 000 ]

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For the following exercises, use the matrices below to perform the indicated operation if possible. If not possible, explain why the operation cannot be performed. (Hint: A 2 = A A )

A = [ 1 0 2 3 ] , B = [ −2 3 4 −1 1 −5 ] , C = [ 0.5 0.1 1 0.2 −0.5 0.3 ] , D = [ 1 0 −1 −6 7 5 4 2 1 ]

A B

[ −2 3 4 −7 9 −7 ]

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B D

[ −4 29 21 −27 −3 1 ]

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D 2

[ −3 −2 −2 −28 59 46 −4 16 7 ]

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D 3

[ 1 −18 −9 −198 505 369 −72 126 91 ]

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A ( B C )

[ 0 1.6 9 −1 ]

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Technology

For the following exercises, use the matrices below to perform the indicated operation if possible. If not possible, explain why the operation cannot be performed. Use a calculator to verify your solution.

A = [ −2 0 9 1 8 −3 0.5 4 5 ] , B = [ 0.5 3 0 −4 1 6 8 7 2 ] , C = [ 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 ]

B A

[ 2 24 −4.5 12 32 −9 −8 64 61 ]

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B C

[ 0.5 3 0.5 2 1 2 10 7 10 ]

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Extensions

For the following exercises, use the matrix below to perform the indicated operation on the given matrix.

B = [ 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 ]

B 2

[ 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 ]

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B 4

[ 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 ]

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Using the above questions, find a formula for B n . Test the formula for B 201 and B 202 , using a calculator.

B n = { [ 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 ] , n even, [ 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 ] , n odd .

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Questions & Answers

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Mary Reply
generally by how the graph looks and understanding what the base parent functions look like and perform on a graph
William
if you have a graphed line, you can have an idea by how the directions of the line turns, i.e. negative, positive, zero
William
y=x will obviously be a straight line with a zero slope
William
y=x^2 will have a parabolic line opening to positive infinity on both sides of the y axis vice versa with y=-x^2 you'll have both ends of the parabolic line pointing downward heading to negative infinity on both sides of the y axis
William
y=x will be a straight line, but it will have a slope of one. Remember, if y=1 then x=1, so for every unit you rise you move over positively one unit. To get a straight line with a slope of 0, set y=1 or any integer.
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Typically a function 'f' will take 'x' as input, and produce 'y' as output. As 'f(x)=y'. According to Google, "The range of a function is the complete set of all possible resulting values of the dependent variable (y, usually), after we have substituted the domain."
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I have always struggled with math. I get lost really easy, if you have any advice for that, it would help tremendously.
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Ef Reply
So a horizontal compression by factor of 1/2 is the same as a horizontal stretch by a factor of 2, right?
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The center is at (3,4) a focus is at (3,-1), and the lenght of the major axis is 26
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how do you find the real and complex roots of a polynomial?
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@abdul with delta maybe which is b(square)-4ac=result then the 1st root -b-radical delta over 2a and the 2nd root -b+radical delta over 2a. I am not sure if this was your question but check it up
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This is the actual question: Find all roots(real and complex) of the polynomial f(x)=6x^3 + x^2 - 4x + 1
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The average annual population increase of a pack of wolves is 25.
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how do you find the period of a sine graph
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Period =2π if there is a coefficient (b), just divide the coefficient by 2π to get the new period
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by looking at the graph, find the distance between two consecutive maximum points (the highest points of the wave). so if the top of one wave is at point A (1,2) and the next top of the wave is at point B (6,2), then the period is 5, the difference of the x-coordinates.
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Case of Equilateral Hyperbola
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14
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Explain why log a x is not defined for a < 0
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the sum of any two linear polynomial is what
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