Education Technology

Matrices Using CAS

Published on 08/02/2005

Activity Overview

This Computer Algebra System (CAS) activity encourages students to perform basic arithmetic operations on matrices, and solving a set of equations using CAS.

Before the Activity

  • See the attached PDF file for detailed instructions for this activity
  • Print pages 1 - 3 from the attached PDF file for the class
  • During the Activity

    Distribute the pages to the class.

    Follow the Activity procedures:

  • Review the addition, subtraction, and multiplication of matrices using CAS
  • Realize that matrix multiplication is not commutative
  • Solve a set of simultaneous equations using matrices and CAS
  • After the Activity

    Students' answer questions on the Activity sheet.

    Review student results:

  • As a class, discuss questions that appeared to be more challenging
  • Re-teach concepts as necessary