Science:Math Exam Resources/Courses/MATH152/April 2013/Question A 28
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Question A 28 

Suppose we run the following MATLAB code A=ones(4,4); for j=1:4; A(j,:)=j*A(j,:); end; Specify the output if you now type: >> A(2,4) 
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Hint 1 

The first line creates a four by four matrix of ones. 
Hint 2 

The key is the line within the for loop. Notice that A(j,:) is the jth row and that it is replaced by a multiple of itself, namely its row index. We are interested in the element in the second row and fourth column. 
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Solution 

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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. The hints should explain most of what's going on. Here is the output. For A=ones(4,4) we get
Then after the loop executes for j=1, we get
(which is the same as the original A). After j=2, the matrix looks like
Finally, the code A(2,4) looks in row two column 4 for the value. The answer is 2. 