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Matrices is the plural of "matrix", which is a sort of "rectangular grid of numbers", like this ...


This is a matrix with two rows and three columns. columns - it is a 2x3 matrix.

Adding matrices is easy - it only works if they're the same size, and you do it entry by entry.

Multiplying is much less obvious, but arises naturally by thinking of a matrix as a linear transformation from EQN:R^n to EQN:R^m. Thinking of matrix multiplication in that way makes it clear why division of matrices in not generally defined, but the inverse of a matrix will sometimes (but not always) exist.

Specifically, think of a matrix as a mapping from EQN:R^n to EQN:R^m and consider the space in EQN:R^m of all points that can be hit. If the dimension of that space is /n,/ then the mapping can be undone. That means the mapping has an inverse, and so the matrix has an inverse.

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See also Matrix Transformation
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