Science:Math Exam Resources/Courses/MATH307/April 2009/Question 01 (c)
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Question 01 (c) 

Given the matrix Determine the matrix norm of A and cond(A). 
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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. For a diagonal matrix, the matrix norm is just the maximum absolute value of the diagonal entries. The diagonal values on a diagonal matrix are its eigenvalues. The matrix norm for matrix A: where are the eigenvalues of matrix A (its diagonal entries). Therefore,
The condition number () measures the relative stretching ratio of matrix A. The stretching ratio is defined as which then equates to .
One way to get the inverse of matrix A is to write an augmented matrix comparing matrix A to the identity matrix I.
The next steps are to row reduce until you get the identity matrix on the left side, and then you will get the inverse of matrix A on the right. This is simple for matrix A since it is a diagonal matrix. All you need to do is to divide each row by the entry on its diagonal to make the entry equal to 1. After you complete this, it should look like this:
Therefore, the inverse of matrix A is:
We get the matrix norm for just like how we got it for A. Since is still a diagonal matrix, we still use for method given above.
Now that we have and , we can get the condition number by multiplying them together.
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