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 Jan 7, 2016

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Hi Coldplay,

A matrix is an array of numbers.

It is used a lot to solve difficult simultaneous equations where there is more than 2 unknowns.

If there are 2 unknowns you need 2 equations

If there are 3 unknowns you need 3 equations.

The coefficients of the letters (pronumerals) are the numbers that go into the array.

 

Have a look at this introduction

http://www.mathsisfun.com/algebra/matrix-introduction.html

 Jan 7, 2016
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What is Matrix?!?!?!?!!!!

 Jan 7, 2016
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-5x - y  = 21    →      y  = -21 - 5x     (1)

3x - 4y + 5z  = - 8    (3)  

-3x - z  = 12   →       z = -3x -12  (2)

 

Substituting  (1) and (2)  into  (3), we have

 

3x - 4(-21 - 5x) + 5(-3x -12)   = - 8      simplifiy

 

3x + 84 + 20x - 15x - 60  = -8

 

8x  + 24  = -8    subtract 24 from both sides

 

8x =  - 32     divide both sides by  8

 

x = -4

 

And using (1)   y   = -21 - 5(-4)   =   -21 + 20   = -1

 

And using (2)    z   = -3(-4) - 12   =     12 - 12  = 0

 

So    (x, y, z)   =  (-4 , -1 , 0)

 

 

 

cool cool cool

 Jan 7, 2016
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Note, Paypay.......we could have used Gaussian Elimination to solve this....but......I don't know if you have covered that, or not.......also.......it's kind of tedious......!!!!!

 

I just went the Algebra route........!!!!

 

 

cool cool cool

 Jan 7, 2016
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Hi Coldplay,

A matrix is an array of numbers.

It is used a lot to solve difficult simultaneous equations where there is more than 2 unknowns.

If there are 2 unknowns you need 2 equations

If there are 3 unknowns you need 3 equations.

The coefficients of the letters (pronumerals) are the numbers that go into the array.

 

Have a look at this introduction

http://www.mathsisfun.com/algebra/matrix-introduction.html

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