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Solution 11694: Algorithm Used for Calculating the Inverse of a Matrix on a Texas Instruments Graphing Calculator.

How is the inverse of a matrix calculated?

Texas Instruments graphing calculators use a LU (Lower-Upper) decomposition or factorization algorithm when calculating the inverse of a matrix (reference "Numerical Methods and Software" by Kahaner, Moler, and Nash).

If A is a square matrix and is the product of a lower triangular matrix (named L), and an upper triangular matrix (named U), this can be written as:

A = L * U

In addition, the identity matrix of A will always be a square matrix with the same dimensions of A, containing ones down its main diagonal and remaining spaces filled with zeros. Knowing that A * A-1 equals the identity matrix and letting X symbolize A-1, we can follow that A * X = Indentity. Since A is equal to L * U, this means:

L * U * X = Indentity

Let's say A = [[2,-1,0] [4,3,-3] [8,-14,5]]. Therefore, the identity matrix = [[1,0,0] [0,1,0] [0,0,1]]. From A, we get L = [[1,0,0] [2,1,0] [4,-2,1]] and U = [[2,-1,0] [0,5,-3] [0,0,-1]].

Now, let's define another matrix as Y = U * X. So L * Y = Indentity. From here, we can easily solve for Y by using back substitution and find that Y = [[1,0,0] [-2,1,0] [-8,2,1]].

Knowing U and Y, we can now solve for X (which equals A-1) in the equation U * X = Y using back substitution and find that X = [[27/10,-1/2,-3/10] [22/5,-1,-3/5] [8,-2,-1]].