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Find the values of x, if $\begin{bmatrix} 2 & 4 \\ 5 & 1 \end{bmatrix} = \begin{bmatrix} 2x & 4 \\ 6 & x \end{bmatrix} $

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  • If the order of 2 matrices are equal, their corresponding elements are equal, i.e, if $A_{ij}=B_{ij}$, then any element $a_{ij}$ in matrix A is equal to corresponding element $b_{ij}$ in matrix B.
  • We can then match the corresponding elements and solve the resulting equations to find the values of the unknown variables.
Given:
$\begin{bmatrix} 2 & 4 \\ 5 & 1 \end{bmatrix} = \begin{bmatrix} 2x & 4 \\ 6 & x \end{bmatrix}$
The given two matrices are equal,hence their corresponding elements should be equal.
$\Rightarrow 2=2x$
$\quad x=1$
From second row we have,
x=1.
answered Apr 9, 2013 by sharmaaparna1
 

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