Science:Math Exam Resources/Courses/MATH152/April 2011/Question A 07
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Question A 07 

Write the matrix A that would result from the following lines of MATLAB code: A = zeros(3,2); A(1,1) = 5; A(2,2) = 3; A(3,1) = 1; 
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Hint 

Matlab stores entries in rows then columns. Therefore A(i,j)=1 would put a 1 in the ith row and jth column. 
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Solution 

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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. From the hint we know that Matlab stores by row then by column. Therefore the first line of code A=zeros(3,2); would create a matrix of zeros with 3 rows and 2 columns, The next lines of code A(1,1)=5; A(2,2)=3; A(3,1)=1; would put a 5 in the 1st row, 1st column, a 3 in the 2nd row, 2nd column and a 1 in the 3rd row, 1st column and therefore, is our created matrix. 