CALCULUS Understanding Its Concepts and Methods

Matrix

A matrix is a rectangular array. Matrices were first used as a kind of shorthand to record the coefficients of a system of linear equations in a form convenient for computation. For example, the matrix

A matrix with m rows and n columns is called an m × n  matrix. Matrices are also referred to as arrays. An m × 1  array is called a column vector; a 1 × n  array is called a row vector.

The numbers or other mathematical expressions that appear in the matrix are called the entries of the matrix. The entry in the ith row and jth column is called the ijth entry.

Matrices are used extensively in mathematics, science, and engineering. They are also used in business applications to solve linear programming problems. Manipulation of matrices became the basis for what is now called linear algebra.

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