## Matrices

**Definition**

A rectangular arrangement of numbers (which may be real or complex numbers) in rows and columns, is called a matrix. This arrangement is enclosed by small ( ) or big [ ] brackets. The numbers are called the elements of the matrix or entries in the matrix.

### Order of a matrix

A matrix having m rows and n columns is called a matrix of order m×n or simply m×n matrix (read as an m by n matrix). A matrix A of order m×n is usually written in the following manner:

A matrix of order m × n contains mn elements. Every row of such a matrix contains n elements and every column contains m elements.

### Equality of matrices

Two matrix A and B are said to be equal matrix if they are of same order and their corresponding elements are equal.

### Types of matrices

**Row matrix:**A matrix is said to be a row matrix or row vector if it has only one row and any number of columns. Example: [5 0 3] is a row matrix of order 1× 3 and [2] is a row matrix of order 1×1.**Column matrix:**A matrix is said to be a column matrix or column vector if it has only one column and any number of rows.

Example: is a column matrix of order 3 × 1 and [2] is a column matrix of order 1 × 1. Observe that [2] is both a row matrix as well as a column matrix.**Singleton matrix:**If in a matrix there is only one element then it is called singleton matrix.

Thus, A = [a_{ij}]_{m×n}is a singleton matrix, if m = n =1

Example: [2], [3], [a], [–3] are singleton matrices.**Null or zero matrix:**If in a matrix all the elements are zero then it is called a zero matrix and it is generally denoted by O. Thus A = [a_{ij}]_{m×n}is a zero matrix if a_{ij}= 0 for all i and j.

Example: are all zero matrices, but of different orders.**Square matrix:**If number of rows and number of columns in a matrix are equal, then it is called a square matrix.

Thus A = [a_{ij}]_{m×n}is a square matrix if m = n.

Example: is a square matrix of order 3×3.

(i) If m ≠ n then matrix is called a rectangular matrix.

(ii) The elements of a square matrix A for which i = j, i.e. a_{11}, a_{22}, a_{33}, ….. a_{mn}are called diagonal elements and the line joining these elements is called the principal diagonal or leading diagonal of matrix A.**Diagonal matrix:**If all elements except the principal diagonal in a square matrix are zero, it is called a diagonal matrix. Thus a square matrix A = [a_{ij}] is a diagonal matrix if a_{ij}≠ 0 when i ≠ j.

Example: is a diagonal matrix of order 3× 3, which can be denoted by diag [2, 3, 4].**Identity matrix:**A square matrix in which elements in the main diagonal are all ‘1’ and rest are all zero is called an identity matrix or unit matrix. Thus, the square matrix A = [a_{ij}] is an identity matrix, if

We denote the identity matrix of order n by I_{n}.

Example: are identity matrices of order 1, 2 and 3 respectively.**Scalar matrix:**A square matrix whose all non diagonal elements are zero and diagonal elements are equal is called a scalar matrix. Thus, if A = [a_{ij}] is a square matrix and , then A is a scalar matrix.

Unit matrix and null square matrices are also scalar matrices.**Triangular matrix:**A square matrix [a_{ij}] is said to be triangular matrix if each element above or below the principal diagonal is zero. It is of two types

**(i) Upper triangular matrix:**A square matrix [a_{ij}] is called the upper triangular matrix, if a_{ij}= 0 when i > j.

Example: is an upper triangular matrix of order 3 × 3.

**(ii) Lower triangular matrix:**A square matrix [a_{ij}] is called the lower triangular matrix, if a_{ij}= 0 when i< j.

Example: is a lower triangular matrix of order 3 × 3.

### Trace of a matrix

The sum of diagonal elements of a square matrix. A is called the trace of matrix A , which is denoted by tr A.

**Properties of trace of a matrix**

Let A = [a_{ii}]_{n×n }and B = [b_{ij}]_{n×n} and λ be a scalar

- tr(λA) = λ tr(A)
- tr(A – B) = tr(A) – tr(B)
- tr(AB) = tr(BA)
- tr(A)= tr(A’) or tr (A
^{T}) - tr(I
_{n}) = n - tr (0)= 0
- tr(AB) ≠ trA.trB

### Addition and subtraction of matrices

If A = [a_{ij}]_{m×n }and B = [b_{ij}]_{m×n} are two matrices of the same order then their sum A+B is a matrix whose each element is the sum of corresponding elements i.e., A + B = [a_{ij} + b_{ij}]_{m}_{×n}.

Similarly, their subtraction is defined as A – B = [a_{ij} – b_{ij}]_{m}_{×n}

Matrix addition and subtraction can be possible only when matrices are of the same order.

Properties of matrix addition : If A, B and C are matrices of same order, then

- A + B = B + A (Commutative law)
- (A + B) + C = A + (B + C) (Associative law)
- A + O = O + A = A, where O is zero matrix which is additive identity of the matrix.
- A + (–A) = O = (–A) + A , where (–A) is obtained by changing the sign of every element of A, which is additive inverse of the matrix.

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