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1 Matrix Operations on a TI-83 Graphing Calculator Christopher Carl Heckman Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Arizona State University (This paper is based on a talk given in Spring Semester 2004.) The use of a graphing calculator can be useful and convenient, especially when reducing a matrix that has entries with many decimal places. The inverse of a matrix can also be found easily. One of the homework assignments for MAT 119 is to reduce a matrix with a graphing calculator. Introduction Two important applications with matrices in MAT 119 are solving a system of linear equations and finding the inverse of a matrix. The TI series of graphing calculators is able to find the inverse and put a matrix in reduced row echelon form automatically, but students still should learn how to do row operations, especially when using the Simplex Method in Chapter 4. The purpose of this paper is to indicate the appropriate steps. A brief word on notation: When a box is drawn around a symbol, that means to press that key on the TI. Hence means to push the multiplcation button. If two key presses are used, they will be to refer to functions printed in different colored keys on the calcuator. The keypresses will be given, along with the operation to be performed, the latter in slanted type and in brackets. For instance, 2nd ln [e x ] means to press 2nd, then ln, and this accesses the function e x ; this is in yellow ink on the TI-83. Also, ALPHA MATH [A] puts the calculator in alphabetic mode and enters the letter A in the display; these letters are printed in green ink on the TI-83. Suppose you want to solve the system: Here s how to solve it. Solving A System of Linear Equations 1. Enter the augmented matrix into the calculator. 25x + 61y 12z = 10 18x 12y + 7z = 9 3x + 4y z = 12 Press MATRX to put the calculator in MATRIX mode. You now see a list of matrix names down the left-hand side of the screen, and the words NAMES, MATH and EDIT across the top, with NAMES currently highlighted. Pressing the right-arrow key or will change which word is highlighted. Pressing or will select the name of the matrix you want to enter. Let s enter the system above into the matrix A; move the cursor to the right so that EDIT is highlighted (press if you haven t moved the highlighted part) and press ENTER. You are now prompted to enter the dimensions of the matrix A; enter the number of rows ( 3 ENTER ) and the number of columns ( 4 ENTER ). The TI-83 can handle matrices with up to 99 rows and/or columns, but cannot handle a matrix with both due to limited memory. NOTE. At any time, if you realize you made a mistake, you can press 2nd MODE [QUIT] and then start over. Now you need to enter the coefficients and numbers on the right hand side. The cursor is placed in the first row, first column of the matrix. If you type in a number (or an expression) and hit ENTER, it will put that 1

2 number into the matrix and move to the next position, to the right (if you re not at the right-most column) or down to the first column of the next row. After entering a number in the last row and last column, the cursor stays there. So we need to put in the coefficients. The keystrokes for this are 2 5 ENTER 6 1 ENTER (-) 1 2 ENTER 1 0 ENTER, etc Perform the row operations. Now you need to get back to the calculation mode. Press 2nd row operations on your matrix A. MODE [QUIT]. You are ready to perform The first thing we will do is to swap the first and third rows of A. 2 Press MATRX, then twelve times; the cursor should be next to a command called rowswap(. Press ENTER, which will bring you back to the calculation mode. 3 Now you need to enter the matrix: press MATRX ENTER. (If you want to do a row reduction on a matrix other than A, you need to scroll down by pressing repeatedly.) Then press, 1, 3 ) ENTER This gives you the matrix If you need to see columns further to the right of the screen, press the key. NOTE: Doing row operations on A will not change the value of A on a TI-83, so we will need to keep track of the new matrix. We will do this by using the ANS ( 2nd ( ) ) command. It is also a good idea to copy onto paper the matrix we get at this point, in case we have to go back to it. Now we want to divide the first row by 3, so that there is a 1 in the upper left corner. Press MATRX ALPHA SIN, which will display *row( in the calculator. We want to multiply the first row of ANS by 1/3, so we type in: 1 3, 2nd ( ) [ANS], 1 ), then ENTER. The matrix we get is (Don t worry about the decimal approximation; we ll fix it at the very end.) Now you need to subtract 18 times Row 1 from Row 2, to turn the entry in the 2nd row, 1st column into a 0. Enter: MATRX ALPHA COS [*row+(] ( ) 1 8, 2nd ( ) [ANS], 1, 2 ) ENTER. The new matrix is Now, you perform these same types of row operations over and over. The key sequences are below. 1. MATRX ALPHA COS [*row+(] ( ) 2 5, 2nd ( ) [ANS], 1, 3 ) ENTER (subtract 25 times row 1 from row 3). 2. MATRX ALPHA SIN [*row(] ( ) 1 3 6, 2nd ( ) [ANS], 2 ) ENTER (divide row 2 by 36). 1 And so on for the other rows. Note that you use the unary minus to enter negative numbers. 2 You don t have to do this to solve the system; it s mainly to show how to do all three types of row operations on the calculator. 3 Note that, instead of pressing twelve times and pressing ENTER, you can just press ALPHA PRGM [C] to get the same command. 2

3 3. MATRX ALPHA COS [*row+(] ( ) , 2nd ( ) [ANS], 2, 3 ) ENTER (subtract times row 2 from row 3) If you press repeatedly, you will find that the entry in the 3rd row and 3rd column is approximately This is what you want to divide row 3 by: MATRX ALPHA SIN [*row(] , 2nd ( ) [ANS], 3 ) ENTER. 5. The matrix is now in row echelon form. To get it into reduced row echelon form, continue with: MATRX ALPHA COS [*row+(] , 2nd ( ) [ANS], 3, 1 ) ENTER. 6. MATRX ALPHA COS [*row+(] , 2nd ( ) [ANS], 3, 2 ) ENTER. 7. MATRX ALPHA COS [*row+(] ( ) , 2nd ( ) [ANS], 2, 1 ) ENTER. Now the matrix is close to reduced row echelon form; the entries on the main diagonal are very close to 1, and the other entries in the first three columns are close to zero. Press or hold the until you can see the fourth column of the matrix. The value in the first row is x = , the value in the second row is y = , and the value in the third row is z = You can try to convert these decimals to fractional form by typing in 2nd ( ) [ANS] MATH 1 [ Frac] ENTER. In this case, it doesn t help the TI-83 only tries fractions with denominators less than or equal to 100 but it may in others. Inverting a Matrix Inverting a matrix can be done on the TI without as much work; it is built-in to the calculator. Here we will invert the matrix Enter the matrix into the calculator. This can be done as in the previous section; put it into matrix B, then press 2nd back into calculation mode. MODE [QUIT] to get 2. Calculate the inverse. Type in: MATRX ENTER [[B]] x 1 ENTER. You get , after a few seconds have gone by Other matrix computations are possible. For instance, to find B 10, type MATRX ENTER [[B]] ^ ENTER ; the answer is You will have a -3.32E-10 in your matrix. This is close enough to zero that we can count it as zero. Note that the CASIO calculators can work with exact (fractional) values here. 3

4 Matrix Operations on a TI-85 Graphing Calculator Christopher Carl Heckman Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Arizona State University (This paper is based on a talk given in Spring Semester 2004.) The use of a graphing calculator can be useful and convenient, especially when reducing a matrix that has entries with many decimal places. The inverse of a matrix can also be found easily. One of the homework assignments for MAT 119 is to reduce a matrix with a graphing calculator. Introduction Two important applications with matrices in MAT 119 are solving a system of linear equations and finding the inverse of a matrix. The TI series of graphing calculators is able to find the inverse and put a matrix in reduced row echelon form automatically, but students still should learn how to do row operations, especially when using the Simplex Method in Chapter 4. The purpose of this paper is to indicate the appropriate steps. A brief word on notation: When a box is drawn around a symbol, that means to press that key on the TI. Hence means to push the multiplcation button. If two key presses are used, they will be to refer to functions printed in different colored keys on the calcuator. The keypresses will be given, along with the operation to be performed, the latter in slanted type and in brackets. For instance, 2nd ln [e x ] means to press 2nd, then ln, and this accesses the function e x ; this is in yellow ink on the TI-85. Also, ALPHA MATH [A] puts the calculator in alphabetic mode and enters the letter A in the display; these letters are printed in blue ink on the TI-85. Suppose you want to solve the system: Here s how to solve it. Solving A System of Linear Equations 1. Enter the augmented matrix into the calculator. Press 2nd 25x + 61y 12z = 10 18x 12y + 7z = 9 3x + 4y z = 12 7 [MATRX] to put the calculator in MATRIX mode. You will see five words above the keys F1 through F5 : NAMES, EDIT, MATH, OPS, CPLX. To enter a matrix, press the key under EDIT ( F2 ). You are now asked for the name of the matrix, which can be any single letter. The cursor is in alphabetic mode, so all you have to do is press LOG [A] ENTER. You are now prompted to enter the dimensions of the matrix A; enter the number of rows ( 3 ENTER ) and the number of columns ( 4 ENTER ). The TI-85 can handle matrices with up to 99 rows and/or columns, but cannot handle a matrix with both due to limited memory. NOTE. At any time, if you realize you made a mistake, you can press EXIT and then start over. Now you need to enter the coefficients and numbers on the right hand side. The cursor is placed in the first row, first column of the matrix. If you type in a number (or an expression) and hit ENTER, it will put that number into the matrix and move to the next position, to the right (if you re not at the right-most column) or down to the first column of the next row. After entering a number in the last row and last column, the cursor stays there. 4

6 5. The matrix is now in row echelon form. To get it into reduced row echelon form, continue with: F5 [mradd(] , 2nd ( ) [ANS], 3, 1 ) ENTER. 6. F5 [mradd(] , 2nd ( ) [ANS], 3, 2 ) ENTER. 7. F5 [mradd(] ( ) , 2nd ( ) [ANS], 2, 1 ) ENTER. Now the matrix is close to reduced row echelon form; the entries on the main diagonal are very close to 1, and the other entries in the first three columns are close to zero. Press or hold the until you can see the fourth column of the matrix. The value in the first row is x = , the value in the second row is y = , and the value in the third row is z = You can try to convert these decimals to fractional form by typing in 2nd ( ) [ANS] 2nd [MATH] F5 [MISC] MORE F1 [ Frac] ENTER. In this case, this only gives you an exact value for z, namely 16443/683. The TI-85 only tries fractions with denominators less than or equal to 1000, so you may get exact values in other situations. Note that roundoff errors kept us from getting exact answers for x (3119/683) and y ( 4401/683). Inverting a Matrix Inverting a matrix can be done on the TI without as much work; it is built-in to the calculator. Here we will invert the matrix Enter the matrix into the calculator. This can be done as in the previous section; put it into matrix B, then press EXIT to get back into calculation mode. 2. Calculate the inverse. Type in: ALPHA SIN [B] 2nd EE [ 1 ] ENTER. You get , after a few seconds have gone by. Other matrix computations are possible. For instance, to find B 10, type ALPHA SIN [B] ^ ENTER ; the answer is

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