inverse of a matrix

Inverse of a Matrix
Matrix Inverse
Multiplicative Inverse of a Matrix

For a square matrix A, the inverse is written A-1. When A is multiplied by A-1 the result is the identity matrix I. Non-square matrices do not have inverses.

Note: Not all square matrices have inverses. A square matrix which has an inverse is called invertible or nonsingular, and a square matrix without an inverse is called noninvertible or singular.


AA-1 = A-1A = I

Example:For matrix , its inverse is since

AA-1 =

and A-1A = .


Here are three ways to find the inverse of a matrix:

1. Shortcut for 2x2 matrices

For , the inverse can be found using this formula:


2.Augmented matrix method

Use Gauss-Jordan elimination to transform [ A | I ] into [ I | A-1 ].

Example: The following steps result in .

so we see that .

3. Adjoint method

A-1 = (adjoint of A)   or   A-1 = (cofactor matrix of A)T

Example: The following steps result in A-1 for .

The cofactor matrix for A is , so the adjoint is . Since det A = 22, we get



See also

Determinant of a matrix, cofactor

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