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### The inverse of a matrix

Suppose is a square matrix. Then the inverse of the matrix is .

Also .

Here is the unit matrix or identity matrix.

Now, to get the inverse of the matrix , I will follow a few steps.

- First of all, I will find out the determinant of the matrix . That means .
- Next, I will determine the cofactor of each element of the matrix and write them in a matrix form, say, .
- Then, I will find out the transpose of the matrix . This transposed matrix will be .
- In the end, I will get the inverse of the matrix using the formula .

###### Mathematical exaplanation

Suppose is a 3 × 3 matrix like

As a first step, I’ll get the determinant of the matrix , that is, .

Next, I’ll find out the cofactor for each element of the matrix . For example, the element in the first row and the first column has the symbol .

Next element in the first row and the second column has the symbol . And it keeps going like that.

Now the cofactor of , in this case, is the determinant of the submatrix without row 1 and column 1. So that gives

In the same way, the cofactor of is the determinant of the submatrix without row 1 and column 2.

So that gives

Thus the matrix will be

Please note the sign differences in the matrix . That is very important.

Next, I’ll get the transpose of the matrix by interchanging rows and columns.In the end, I will use the formula to find out the inverse of the matrix.

Soon I will use the inverse of the matrix to solve a set of equations using matrix method.

Now I will give an example of the inverse of a matrix.

#### Example of the inverse of a matrix

Disclaimer: This is not my own example. I have chosen it from some book. I have also given the due reference at the end of the post.

Here is an example.

##### Example

According to Stroud and Booth (2013) “Find the inverse of the matrix

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##### Solution

Here the given matrix is

First of all, I will get the determinant of the matrix.

###### Step 1

Thus will be

Now I will evaluate the determinant. This gives

Next, I will find out the matrix with the cofactors.

###### Step 2

First of all, I’ll find out the cofactors in row 1. These are and .

So I get

Now I’ll find out the cofactors in row 2. These are and .

So I get

Then

I’ll find out the cofactors in row 3. These are and .

So I get

Thus the matrix will be

As a next step, I’ll get the transpose of the matrix . And then I’ll determine the inverse of the matrix .

###### Step 3

Now to get the transpose of the matrix , I’ll interchange between its rows and columns.

Thus the transposed matrix will be

Therefore the inverse of the matrix will be

So this gives

Hence I can conclude that this is the answer to the given example.

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