       RE: A question of matrix multiply, who can solve it?

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• Subject: [mg25692] RE: [mg25671] A question of matrix multiply, who can solve it?
• From: "David Park" <djmp at earthlink.net>
• Date: Thu, 19 Oct 2000 04:35:20 -0400 (EDT)
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```Dear Chen

A B (with a space) multiplies the corresponding elements in each matrix -
not the usual matrix multiplication. A.B (with a period) performs the usual
matrix multiplication.

As a beginning user, you should consider working through as much of Part I
of the Mathematica Book as seems relevant to you, typing in the expressions.
Section 1.8.3 Vectors and Matrices should certainly be relevant.

David Park

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Chen Jisheng [mailto:chenjs at iopp.ccnu.edu.cn]
To: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net
> Dear Sir,
>
> As a beginning user, I find a mistake of Mathematic 4.0(/3.0 for student).
>
> That is about the multipy method of matrix.
>
> For example, as I input the two matrices:
>
> A={a[1, 1], a[1, 2], a[1, 3], a[1, 4], a[1, 5]}
> {a[2, 1], a[2, 2], a[2, 3], a[2, 4], a[2, 5]}
> {a[3, 1], a[3, 2], a[3, 3], a[3, 4], a[3, 5]}
> {a[4, 1], a[4, 2], a[4, 3], a[4, 4], a[4, 5]}
> {a[5, 1], a[5, 2], a[5, 3], a[5, 4], a[5, 5]},
> B={{b[1, 1], b[1, 2], b[1, 3], b[1, 4], b[1, 5]},
>
>  {b[2, 1], b[2, 2], b[2, 3], b[2, 4], b[2, 5]},
>
>  {b[3, 1], b[3, 2], b[3, 3], b[3, 4], b[3, 5]},
>
>  {b[4, 1], b[4, 2], b[4, 3], b[4, 4], b[4, 5]},
>
>  {b[5, 1], b[5, 2], b[5, 3], b[5, 4], b[5, 5]}},
>
> then calculate the result of A B. The mathematics gives the following
> result:
>
> A B={{a[1, 1] b[1, 1], a[1, 2] b[1, 2], a[1, 3] b[1, 3],
>
>   a[1, 4] b[1, 4], a[1, 5] b[1, 5]},
>
>  {a[2, 1] b[2, 1], a[2, 2] b[2, 2], a[2, 3] b[2, 3],
>
>   a[2, 4] b[2, 4], a[2, 5] b[2, 5]},
>
>  {a[3, 1] b[3, 1], a[3, 2] b[3, 2], a[3, 3] b[3, 3],
>
>   a[3, 4] b[3, 4], a[3, 5] b[3, 5]},
>
>  {a[4, 1] b[4, 1], a[4, 2] b[4, 2], a[4, 3] b[4, 3],
>
>   a[4, 4] b[4, 4], a[4, 5] b[4, 5]},
>
>  {a[5, 1] b[5, 1], a[5, 2] b[5, 2], a[5, 3] b[5, 3],
>
>   a[5, 4] b[5, 4], a[5, 5] b[5, 5]}}.
>
> As all knows, this is not correct. I think it is terrible.
>
> Do you think so? How can improve it?
>
> Looking forward to receiving the reply.
>
> J.-S CHen,
> Institute of Particle Physics,
> Hua-Zhong Normal University,
> Wuhan 430079,China
>
>
>

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