







Matrices 
20131110 

From Ricky: Why must we have brackets around matrices. Why don't we just neatly write an array of entries crosswise and up and down to indicate a particular matrix? Answered by Chris Fisher. 





Geocaching 
20101015 

From Clint: I am stuck on a puzzle for Geocaching which is a GPS game.
I know it is a number matrix but don't know how to start.
[1 7 16 3 9; 1 3 18 20 33] x [1 8 9 3 5; 0 1 0 4 2; 0 0 1 2 1; 0 0 0 1 1; 0 0 0 0 1] = ? Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





The column space of a matrix 
20090212 

From John: Question from John, a student:
A=
1 1 0 0
1 1 0 0
0 0 1 0
0 0 1 1
B=
1 5 6
1 5 6
0 7 2
0 0 9
Is the space spanned by the columns of A the same as the space spanned by the columns of B? Answered by Harley Weston. 





A linear system 
20080823 

From dipesh: consider the system of equations
x6y+2z=5
2x9yz=14
4x+12y3z=19 by reducing the augm matrix to row echelon form, find
the solution to the equation.
leaving the first two equations the third is changed to 3x+6y+14z=31
show the equations have infinitely many solutions and give a general
formula for them Answered by Penny Nom. 





Determinants 
20080502 

From Henry: I have a question about solving 3x3 matrices.
The traditional way, or at least the way I've been taught, is that if one has a 3x3 matrix such as:
[ a b c ]
[ d e f ]
[ g h i ]
one solves it according to this formula:
[ei  hf)  (bi  hc) + (bf  ec) = determinant.
According to a book I'm now studying to prepare for the California CSET exam, there is another, easier, way to solve it:
[ a b c ] [ a b ]
[ d e f ] [ d e ]
[ g h i ] [ g h ]
In other words, one repeats the first two rows of the matrix and adds them to the right.
At this point, the determinant is calculated thus:
(aei) +(bfg) + (cdh)  (gec)  (hfa)  (idb).
Is this, in fact, correct? Answered by Harley Weston. 





Matrix multiplication 
20080408 

From manashi: i. why matrix division is not possible?
ii.when we add or subtract two matrix , getting the result by addind or subtracting correspondind elements....but in case of multiplication it is not but why? Answered by Harley Weston. 





Who is taller: John or Mary? 
20050914 

From Ulises: All the students in a school are arranged in a rectangular array. After that, the tallest student in each row was chosen, and then among these John Smith happened to be the shortest.Then, in each column, the shortest student was chosen, and Mary Brown was the tallest of these. Who is taller: John or Mary? Answered by Penny Nom and Claude Tardif. 





A matrix problem 
20050404 

From Alan:
Let A = 

1  1  0 

2  1  2 
a  b  c 
where a, b, c are constant real numbers. For what values of a, b, c is A invertible? [Hint: Your answer should be an equation in a, b, c which satisfied if and only if A is invertible.]
Answered by Judi McDonald. 





Two matrix problems 
20050330 

From Sue: Question 1
Suppose all matrices in the equation below are square and invertible. Solve for x .
BA1XB1 + 2BA + In = 0 (the symbol "0" here denotes the matrix of all 0's in it)
Also, A1 or B1 is indicating inverse and "In" = for example, A1 times A
I hope you understand the above. I have to show all the steps.
Question 2
Suppose we consider the set of all 2x2 matrices along with the operations of matrix addition and multiplication. Do they form a field? Why or why not?
I think the answer is no because under multiplication it is not commutative and not all square matrices are invertible. I not positive so I'd like some help. Answered by Penny Nom. 





A matrix construction problem 
20050314 

From Marcelo: I want to know if is it possible to solve this problem:
I have an empty NxM matrix and I know totals (sum) by rows and totals by column.
Is there any algorithm to fill the matrix so that the summary of columns and rows gives the original values I have? Answered by Harley Weston. 





Arrays 
20040219 

From A parent: please demonstrate mathematical arrays fro a 3rd grader Answered by Penny Nom. 





Matrices 
20031205 

From Julie: I am doing a project and need to find some mathematiciens who had an influence in matrices. I can't seem to find any when I search online. Could you please help me with this? Answered by Judi McDonald. 





A determinant 
20030213 

From A student:
I have to find the determinant of the following matrix 2  3  1  2  4  3  0  2  5  1  4  2  1  3  5  2  3  4  1  2  6  0  3  2  4  Answered by Penny Nom. 





Matrix 
20011121 

From Hoda: I have a question about matrix multiplication; well, actually, matrix division. I am assuming that matrices are divided the same as they are multiplied; that is, row by column. But what happens if you have to divide by zero? How does this affect the resulting matrix? Answered by Patrick Maidorn and Penny Nom. 





Conformable matrices 
20010805 

From Wayne: Can someone explain the concept of conformable matrices in a way that is easy to understand ? One definition says to multiply matrices rows and columns must conform, ie, 5 x 3 matrix times a 3 x 5 matrix. In the next example, however a 8 x 1 matrix and a 8 x 3 matrix are said to be conformable! Answered by Steve Kirkland. 





Matrix reconstruction 
20010719 

From Guy: Is there a way to get the sums of rows, columns and diagonals of an n x n matrix to reconstruct the original matrix? Answered by Walter Whiteley and Patrick Maidorn. 





Matrices 
20010326 

From Peg: What are some applications of matrices, basic trigonometry, and linear systems in the real world? I'm writing and Algebra report about where these topics are used outside of the classroom. Answered by Judi McDonald and Walter Whiteley. 





Solving Equations 
20010223 

From Stephanie: Do you know who came up with solving equations? Do you have any websites that can give me good information on solving equations? Do you know any history on solving equations? Do you know what solving equations is used for? And finally............Sorry about all of the questions :) Has the form of solving equations changed from the time it came out to now? Answered by Juci McDonald. 





Where will we use this in the real world? 
20001011 

From Jane Ann Musgrove: As a teacher of mathematics, I am always asked "Where will we use this in the real world?". I am seeking ideas/sites via the internet where students can find answers to this type of question. Can you help me? To be more specific, right now I am interested in finding careers where the employees would use the concepts of "Radicals", "Matrices", and "Logarithms". This information will be used by students to make presentations to the class on their findings from internet searches. Answered by Harley Weston. 





A matrix equation 
20000514 

From A student: Right now, we are dealing with matrices and we are supposed to solve the following problem on our graphingcalculators: 2a+3b4c+d=20 a2b+3c5d=14 3a+4b2c+3d=19 5ab+6c+4d=5 Answered by Penny Nom. 





Matrices Information 
20000502 

From William Avery: I am an OAC student at Governor Simcoe Secondary School in St. Catharines Ontario. Today at school we were handed an independent study project by our Finite teacher. This assignment is based on Matrices, it involves performing some simple matrix calculations, but also involves a written section. This written section asks for the following: . . . Answered by Marley Weston. 





Taxis in Chicago 
20000327 

From A high school studenthigh school student: Suppose that taxis pick up and deliver passengers in Chicago, which is divided into three zones. Records kept by the drivers show that of the passengers picked up in Zone 1, 50% are taken to a destination in Zone 1, 40% to Zone 2, and 10% to Zone 3. OF the passengers picked up in Zone 2, 40% go to Zone 1, 30% to Zone 2, and 30% to Zone 3. Of the passengers picked up in Zone 3, 20% go to Zone 1, 60% to Zone 2 and 20% to Zone 3. Suppose that at the beginning of the day, 600 of the taxis are in Zone 1, 100 in Zone 2, and 300 in Zone 3. What is the distribution of taxis in the various zones after all have had two riders? Answered by Harley Weston. 





Matricies 
19981126 

From Stephanie Webster: If a matrix for a rectangle looks this way: AACC BDDB What does the matrix for a square look like? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Mathematical Arrays 
19980501 

From Gene Lanctot: Could someone please explain what a mathematical or arithmetical array is? The array in question is used in grade three math in Ontario. I would also like to know what its purpose is. Answered by Harley Weston. 





Matrices 
19980310 

From Ksya:
 A and B are matrices. If A^n=B^n, can we say A=B or det(A)=det(B) or det(A)^n=det(B)^n ? Any conditions ???
 If B^(1) is the inverse of B, where B is a matrices. Can we say [(B^(1))^n][B^n]=I, where I is identity matrices? Any conditions???
Answered by Doug Farenick. 





Matrice 
20060201 

From Kader: mon probleme est le suivant soit deux matrices carrees A et B d'ordre n qui sont anticommutatives AB= BA , demontrer que au moins une des deux matrices n'est pas inversible si n est impair.
je n'arrive pas a utiliser le fait que n soit impair, trouver le rapport entre n impair et inverse des matrices, je pars sur la base de DETAB=DETA*DETB Answered by Claude Tardif. 





probleme de matrice 
20060201 

From Un eleve: mon probleme est le suivant soit deux matrices carrees A et B d'ordre n qui sont anticommutatives AB= BA , demontrer que au moins une des deux matrices n'est pas inversible si n est impair. Answered by Claude Tardif. 

