Inverse Matrix Applications
What are some uses of an inverse matrix? (besides
Given a matrix |A| multiplied by its inverse |A|^-1 results in
the Unit matrix |1| where the unit matrix has diagonal elements
equal to unity, that is equal to 1, and all other non-diagonal
matrix elements equal to 0. So for a square matrix of coefficients
|A| the inverse matrix |A|^-1 is the solution of the "n" equations
in "n" unknowns. This is but one of many applications of finding
the inverse of a matrix.
One significant use of an inverse matrix is in mathematical problem-solving.
Often a set of quantities related to one another can be transformed from
initial to final values by means of matrix multiplication. The matrix
multiplied by the set of initial values yields the set of final values.
Quite often the reverse is needed. You know how things ended up and need to
know how things must have been initially. Multiply the set of final values
counters the effect of the matrix, yielding the set of initial values.
Dr. Ken Mellendorf
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Update: June 2012