Matrix inverses are motivated as a way to solve a linear system. The general algorithm of finding an inverse by row reducing an augmented matrix is described, and then implemented for a 3x3 matrix. Useful facts about inverses are stated and then illustrated with sample 2x2 matrices. (put first: need Example of finding the inverse of a 3-by-3 matrix by row reducing the augmented matrix)
Suggested classroom activities on matrix inverses.
Statements that are equivalent to a square matrix being invertible; examples.
Properties of matrix inversion: inverse of the inverse, inverse of the transpose, inverse of a product; elementary matrices and corresponding row operations; a matrix is invertible if and only if it is row-equivalent to the identity matrix; row-reduction algorithm for computing matrix inverse
The inverse of a square matrix, and solutions to linear systems with square coefficient matrices, are intimately connected.