# Equal Matrices

Equality of two matrix: Two matrices [aij] and [bij] are said to be equal when they have the same number of rows and columns and aij = bij for all admissible values of i and j.

Definition of Equal Matrices:

Two matrices A and B are said to be equal if A and B have the same order and their corresponding elements be equal. Thus if A = (aij)m,n and B = (bij)m,n then A = B if and only if aij = bij for i = 1, 2, 3, ....., m; j = 1, 2, 3, ......., n.

The number of rows in matrix A = The number of rows in matrix B and The number of columns in matrix A = The number of columns in matrix B

Corresponding elements of the matrix A and the matrix B are equal that is the entries of the matrix A and the matrix B in the same position are equal.

Otherwise, the matrix A and the matrix B are said to be unequal matrix and we represent A ≠ B.

Two matrices are called equal if and only if

(i) they are of the same order, i.e., the number of rows and the number of columns of one are same as those of the other, and

(ii) corresponding elements are equal, i.e., elements in the same position in both are equal.

For example:

Let

(i) A = B because A and B are of the same order, 2 × 2, and corresponding elements are equal. [Here, (1, 1)th element = 4 in both, (1, 2)th element = 13 in both; (2, 1)th element = -2 in both and (2, 2)th element = 19 in both.]

(ii) A ≠ C because corresponding elements are not equal. [Here, (2, 1)th element of A = -2 but (2, 1)th element in C = 19.]

(iiI) A ≠ M because they are not of the same order. [Here, A is a 2 × 2 matrix while M is a 3 × 2 matrix.]

Examples of Equal Matrices:

1. The matrices A = $$\begin{bmatrix} 5 \end{bmatrix}$$ and B = $$\begin{bmatrix} 5 \end{bmatrix}$$ are equal, because both matrices are of the same order 1 × 1 and their corresponding entries are equal.

2. The matrices A = $$\begin{bmatrix} 2 & 7\\ 3 & 1 \end{bmatrix}$$ and B = $$\begin{bmatrix} 2 & 7\\ 3 & 1 \end{bmatrix}$$ are equal, because both matrices are of the same order 2 × 2 and their corresponding entries are equal.

3. The matrices A = $$\begin{bmatrix} 4 & 6 & 1\\ 2 & 5 & 9\\ 7 & 0 & -3 \end{bmatrix}$$ and B = $$\begin{bmatrix} 4 & 6 & 1\\ 2 & 5 & 9\\ 7 & 0 & -3 \end{bmatrix}$$ are equal, because both matrices are of the same order 3 × 3 and their corresponding entries are equal.

4. The matrices A = $$\begin{bmatrix} 2 & -1 & 6 & 5\\ 5 & 4 & 3 & -3\\ 7 & -7 & 9 & 5\\ 2 & 3 & 8 & 4 \end{bmatrix}$$ and B = $$\begin{bmatrix} 2 & -1 & 6 & 5\\ 5 & 4 & 3 & -3\\ 7 & -7 & 9 & 5\\ 2 & 3 & 8 & 4 \end{bmatrix}$$ are equal, because both matrices are of the same order 4 × 4 and their corresponding entries are equal.

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