College Algebra (6th Edition)

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ISBN 10: 0-32178-228-3
ISBN 13: 978-0-32178-228-1

Chapter 6 - Matrices and Determinants - Exercise Set 6.3 - Page 626: 70


If two matrices do not have the same order, they can not be added nor subtracted.

Work Step by Step

A matrix is a set of numbers, arranged into rows and columns, placed in brackets. The numbers inside the brackets are called elements of the matrix. A matrix of order $m\times n$ has $m$ rows and $n$ columns. To add or subtract two matrices, they must have the same order. Otherwise, the sum/difference is not defined. Matrices of the same order are added or subtracted by adding or subtracting corresponding elements. Example: $A= \left[\begin{array}{ll} 1 & 2\\ 3 & 4\\ 5 & 6 \end{array}\right]$ is a 3$\times$2 matrix, while $B=\left[\begin{array}{lll} 1 & 2 & 3\\ 4 & 5 & 6 \end{array}\right]$ is a 2$\times$3 matrix so the sum $A+B$ and the difference $A-B$ are not defined.
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