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# Matrix Calculation in MATLAB

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Tanya on 16 Feb 2014
Edited: Paul on 16 Feb 2014
Could someone help me solve this problem in Matlab.. Suppose I have this Matriks
A=[2-x 5
2 3-x ]
So, it can be written as : (to alculate the determinant)
(2-x * 3-x)-(5*2)=0
But In matlab if I cannot put x before I define it..
There will be an error :
Undefined function or variable 'x'.
Please help me!! How to be able multiply (2-x * 3-x) ?????
I'm not allowed to use det function from Matlab!!!
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Mischa Kim on 16 Feb 2014
Edited: Mischa Kim on 16 Feb 2014
Tanya, use symbolic math:
syms x
A = (2-x)*(3-x)
A =
(x - 2)*(x - 3)
or, to solve your problem
A = (2-x)*(3-x) - (5*2);
solve(A)
ans =
41^(1/2)/2 + 5/2
5/2 - 41^(1/2)/2
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Paul on 16 Feb 2014
Edited: Paul on 16 Feb 2014
Define x as symbolic variable. Also (2-x * 3-x) should be ((2-x) * (3-x)) else you are calculating (2- (x * 3) -x). So:
syms x
((2-x) * (3-x))-(5*2)
If you want to calculate the values for which the determinant is 0:
x0=solve(((2-x) * (3-x))-(5*2)==0)
double(x0)
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