# matrix problem

Discussion in 'Homework Help' started by ees1, Oct 16, 2008.

1. ### ees1 Thread Starter Active Member

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One of my lecture notes showing a 3x3 matrix, let's name this matrix Y.
I am confused about the result Y^-1.
I am trying to find some study material for relating to Y^-1, and I couldn't find any useful information(actually I still don't know how professor got his answer)
I guess the material I studied wasn't right. Could anyone can provide the searching key words for learning this related subject?

2. ### Papabravo Expert

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Sure, Y^-1 is the inverse of Y. When you multiply the two matricies together you get the Identity matrix
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2. Y*Y^-1 = I = [ 1 0 0 ; 0 1 0 ; 0 0 1]
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Many software packages like Matlab, Scilab, and R will give you the inverse of a 3 x 3 matrix in the twinkling of an eye. I've heard tell that inverting one by hand is possible by using minors and cofactors but I haven't done it recently. Inverting a 4 x 4 or larger is definitely not -- you'll excuse the expression -- a hand job.

3. ### ees1 Thread Starter Active Member

Jan 7, 2008
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thank you. I think I will use the TI caculator instead.

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5. ### Dave Retired Moderator

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PB, I recall the manual approach was quite laborious. You are right to suggest numerical packages like Matlab, which is expensive, so look at one of the matrix-based (free) alternatives: http://forum.allaboutcircuits.com/blog.php?b=65

Dave

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7. ### Dave Retired Moderator

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Added to the list. Thanks Papabravo.

Dave

8. ### hgmjr Moderator

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Don't overlook the fact that Microsoft EXCEL has a matrix function that can be used to perform matrix manipulation.

hgmjr