If you ever tried to work with huge matrices, you will know how unpleasant and tedious. Here is where Matlab come to play, it makes working with Matrices easier.

With Matlab, one of the major problem for beginners is to understand how the software works and what the software need in order to help them accomplish their goal using it.

In this read, we will hand over to you some basic Matlab Matrix operation and how to use them to get what you want.

Content:

Write a Matrix in Matlab

Find the size of a Matrix

Add Matrices

Divide Matrices element by element

Find the inverse of a Matrix

Find the determinant of a Matrix

Define a Matrix with Random elements

Find the diagonal of a Matrix

Compute the Transpose of a Matrix

Extract an element in a Matrix

Multiply Matrices

Multiply 2 Matrices element by element

Create a Matrix with all elements equal to zero

Create a Matrix with All elements equal to one

## Matlab Matrix Operations

### Write a Matrix in Matlab

we will write

A=[1 1 -2;2 2 1;2 1 1]

after pressing ENTER, here is how it will look in Matlab window

Find the size of a Matrix

The size of a Matrix is its number of rows and columns. To find the size of a Matrix, use the following code

size(A)

Note A here is the matrix we created in the previous step.

Here is its size

Meaning, A has 3 rows and 3 columns.

Let’s try a second example.

If we type

size(B)

We will see the following

Add Matrices

To add two matrices A and B, we need size(A) to be identical to size(B)

So, let’s create a new Matrix C with the same size as A

Now we can add A and C using the following code

A+C

Divide Matrices element by element

To divide two Matrices element by element use the following

A./C

Remember both matrices need to have the same size.

Find the inverse of a Matrix

To find the inverse of a Matrix, use the code:

inv(A)

Find the determinant of a Matrix

To find the determinant of a Matrix in Matlab, use the following code

det(A)

Define a Matrix with Random elements

To create a Matrix with Random element in Matlab, use

rand(3,2)

Where (3,2) is the size of the Matrix

### Find the diagonal of a Matrix

**DIAG** help access diagonals of Matrices in Matlab.

To find the main diagonal of A, we will use

diag(A)

to find the first upper diagonal use

diag(A,1)

to find the first lower diagonal use

diag(A,-1)

Here is how Matlab read matrix diagonals

### Compute the Transpose of a Matrix

To find the transpose of a Matrix, use the following

A'

or

transpose(A)

Here is the transpose of A

### Extract an element in a Matrix

You can individually access element of a Matrix or a whole vector.

Let’s consider the following Matrix

If I need to access the first row of the Matrix, I will use the following code

C(1,:)

I will use the following to access the element on the first rows-second column.

C(1,2)

The following will help access element of the third column

C(:,3)

### Multiply Matrices

To multiply A X B, A and B being two distinct matrices, A and B has to obey these conditions.

To multiply A by B in Matlab, use the code

A*B

### Multiply 2 Matrices element by element

To multiply a Matrices element by element, remember the size of the two matrices has to be the same.

Use the following line

A.*B

### Create a Matrix with all elements equal to zero

To create a Matrix with all elements equal to zero, use the following code

G=zeros(3,4)

where (3,4) is the size of the Matrix

### Create a Matrix with All elements equal to one

To create a Matrix with all elements equal to one, use the following code

O=ones(4,5)

where (4,5) is the size of the Matrix