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What are Matrices? In mathematics, matrices are defined as the rectangular arrays of expressions, numbers, and symbols, organized in rows and columns. Commonly matrices are written within box brackets. Elements Within Them - The numbers or symbols written in a matrix are defined as matrix entry or matrix element. We identify each by the row and column in which it appears. For instance, in the above matrix A2,1 is the matrix element in the second row and first column. Dimensions - The dimensions of matrix give us the size of that particular matrix. The dimensions are a number of rows and number of columns of a matrix. The matrix A has two rows and two columns. We identify its dimensions as '2 x 3' and is read as 'two by three.' Basic Types Of Matrices - A matrix that has one row is known as the row vector, and those with one column are known as the column vector. Matrices having the same number of rows and columns are known as the square matrices. A matrix that has all elements as 1s in its main diagonal and the other elements are zeros is known as the identity matrix. The use of Matrices has become much more prevalent now that just about every computer in the world uses databases. A database is the core of fundamental concept of Matrix. Databases are used by businesses to track large amounts of data that is near impossible to manipulate manually. They use this data to make well placed decisions.




How Are Matrices Useful?

When we first come across the concept of a matrix it presents itself as a pretty abstract concept. Once we get a hang of the math involved and get comfortable to a point where processing matrix operations seamlessly, we begin to ask ourselves why we are even learning this. There are many different applications of this form of math in the science and technology industries. If you progress towards learning a STEM based science curriculum it will first present itself in the field of physics. They are used to plot the three-dimensional (x, y, and z) coordinates of objects. We can then track the path or trajectory of these objects using simple operations and locational data. This same tracking leads itself to computer graphic and modelling software that uses similar relative location data. Matrix based instructions are given to robots in the manufacturing process of cars to automatically construct vehicles. In advanced computer programming this type of data modeling is used to encode and encrypt messages and data packets to transmit and receive secure transmissions and messages. This type of data format is used by geologists to survey seismic activity in earthquake prone regions of the planet. In the business world matrices are used to develop business forecasts on sales and to better understand market conditions based on local and world events.