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# Elementary Transformations of a Matrix

A matrix can be transformed to another matrix by certain operations called elementary row operations and elementary column operations.

Elementary Transformations of a Matrix

A matrix can be transformed to another matrix by certain operations called elementary row operations and elementary column operations.

### Elementary row and column operations

Elementary row (column) operations on a matrix are as follows:

(i) The interchanging of any two rows (columns) of the matrix

(ii) Replacing a row (column) of the matrix by a non-zero scalar multiple of the row (column) by a non-zero scalar.

(iii) Replacing a row (column) of the matrix by a sum of the row (column) with a non-zero scalar multiple of another row (column) of the matrix.

Elementary row operations and elementary column operations on a matrix are known as elementary transformations.

We use the following notations for elementary row transformations:

i.   Interchanging of ith and jth rows is denoted by Ri â†” Rj .

ii. The multiplication of each element of ith row by a non-zero constant Î» is denoted by Ri  â†’ Î» Ri .

iii. Addition to ith row, a non-zero constant Î» multiple of jth row is denoted by Ri â†’ Ri + Î» Rj . Similar notations are used for elementary column transformations.

### Definition 1.4

Two matrices A and B of same order are said to be equivalent to one another if one can be obtained from the other by the applications of elementary transformations. Symbolically, we write A ~ B to mean that the matrix A is equivalent to the matrix B .

For instance, let us consider a matrix After performing the elementary row operation R2 â†’ R2 + R1 on A , we get a matrix B in which the second row is the sum of the second row in A and the first row in A .

Thus, we get The above elementary row transformation is also represented as follows: ### Note

An elementary transformation transforms a given matrix into another matrix which need not be equal to the given matrix.

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