Matrix Entry and Matrix Addition, Scalar Multiplication on TI-83

This page is devoted to presenting, in a step by step fashion, the keystrokes and the screen images for entering matrices into the TI-83 family of calculators. In addition, this page will show editing such values and how to perform Matrix Addition, Scalar Multiplication on those matrices. The matices used in these examples are
IMPORTANT NOTE: The TI-83 uses the key to get to the MATRIX screen. The TI-83 Plus and TI-84 Plus calculators use the two key sequence to get to the MATRIX screen. The results of the calculator survey for the Fall 2010 semester are:
As a result this page will consistently use the two key sequence to demonstrate moving to the MATRIX screen. Users of tthe TI-83 will have to substitute their one key action for the two key presented here.

An almost as important note: The TI-84 Plus allows for software upgrades. The newest version of the software, version 2.53, allows for a much prettier display of matrices. If you are using the calculator with the new software you can turn off the prettier display (directions to do so are way down at Figures 60 through 65) to make following the first 60 figures a bit easier.
Figure 1
Figure 1 demonstrates the most straight forward method for entering a matrix. The entire matrix is enclosed in square brackets, [ and ]. Each row of the matrix is also enclosed in square brackets. When entering the matrix we separate numeric values with a comma. The keystrokes to enter Figure 1 would be .
Figure 2
If we now press the key, the calculator accepts our definition and displays the matrix. Note that the displayed matrix is on multiple lines, the enclosing square brackets are still there, each row is still surrounded by square brackets, but that the commas are not present.
Figure 3
We want to store the matrix in one of the ten (10) defined matrices on these calculators. Those matrices have specific, given names. In particular, they are [A], [B], [C], [D], [E], [F], [G], [H], [I], and [J]. We can recall a previous entry by using the sequence. Following that we press the key to arrive at Figure 3.
Figure 4
Even though we can enter square brackets and we can type letters, we cannot type the single symbol [A]. We need to move to the MATRIX menu to find that symbol. We move to Figure 4 by pressing the key sequence. [Remember, on the TI-83 there is a single MATRIX key to do this.] We ant to store this in [A], the highlighted selection, so we press the key to move to Figure 5.
Figure 5
This is the entire command to define a matrix and store it in [A]. Pres to perform the command.
Figure 6
Again, the calculator displays the matrix, but this time the matrix is stored in [A]. There is no indication of the fact that it is stored on this screen.
Figure 7
Figure 7 shows the definition of another matrix, the one we want to store in [BD], along with the arrow indicating that we have already pressed the key. Now we want to enter the symbol [D]. To do that we need to return to the MATRIX menu.
Figure 8
Having returned to the MATRIX menu, we see that the display has changed to show that [A] is defined as a 2x2 matrix. This reflects our earlier steps. However, at this point we merely want to select [D], item number 4.
Figure 9
Press to insert the [D] at the end of our command and then press to perform the command and move to Figure 9. The matrix [D] is displayed as a 2 row, 3 column matrix.
Figure 10
In Figure 10 we have entered the definition of the matrix originally named x in the image at the top of this web page. Notice that this is a matrix with 1 row and 4 columns. It must still be entered in the matrix form with the surrounding square brackets and the single row enclosed in square brackets. Unfrtunately, we cannot have a matrix with the name x on the TI-83 family of calculators. We are restricted to the 10 defined matrices on the calculator. Therefore, we will have to select a different name. We will assign this matrix to [J].
Figure 11
We move to the MATRIX page to find the name [J], but it is not there. You might notice that there is a downward pointing arrow after the final option number, 7, at the bottom of the screen. This indicates that there are more options. We will need to move down (or up) using the cursor keys or to find the desired name, [J].
Figure 12
In Figure 12 we have located the name [J] and highlighted its selection key, 0. We can choose the [J] entry by pressing the key.
Figure 13
Figure 13 shows that the [J] matrix name was inserted in our command. We then pressed the key to perform the command. The calculator responded with a display of the matrix.
Figure 14
In the previous screens we have seen a method of just typing in the matrix, giving the STORE command via the key, selecting the matrix name from the MATRIX window, and pressing to perform the command.
Starting with Figure 14 we will look at another way to enter a matrix. Here, in Figure 14, we return to the MATRIX window, but this time we use the key to move to highlight the EDIT feature. Once there we use the key to highlight matrix [B], the one we will enter now usign the editor. Finally, we press the key to move to Figure 15.
Figure 15
The calculator displays [B] in its current state. The top of the screen gives the current dimensions, that is, the number of rows and columns of [B]. We can change those dimensions by entering new values in this region.
Figure 16
The matrix that we want to enter has 2 row and 2 columns. We press the key to indicate the 2 rows.
Figure 17
Press to move to the number of columns. Notice in Figure 17 that the highlight is now on the number of columns and taht the editor has created two rows for our matrix.
Figure 18
Use the key to indicate that there are two columns.
Figure 19
Press the key to accpt that value. The calculator changes the display to have two rows and two columns. In addition, the calculator cursor is positioned at the first item in the matrix, ready for us to enter a value.
Figure 20
The value for row 1 column 1 is 11, so we enter the value and the display changes to that shown in Figure 20.

Press the to move to Figure 21.

Figure 21
The calculator has accepted the value of 11 for row 1 column 1 and it has moved to the next item in the matrix.
Figure 22
We pressed to put the -1 value into row 1 column 2 and then move to the next item.
Figure 23
Pressing the gets us to Figure 23.
Figure 24
Figure 23 completed the data entry for [B]. We can return to the MATRIX window by using the keys. Then move to the EDIT subwindow and move the highlight down to [C].
Figure 25
Press to move to the matrix edit window in Figure 25. Now we are ready to enter the dimensions, row and column, of the matrix, followed by the daa values that we want in the matrix.
Figure 26
Matrix [C] has 2 rows and 3 columns. We entered those values and then the six values that fill the matrix.
Figure 27
Having completed [C] in Figure 26, we return to the MATRIX window, move to the EDIT subwindow, highlight [E] so that we are redy to specify and fill [E].
Figure 28
Figure 28 shows [E] specified as 3 rows and 2 columns, and the values have been entered. But wait! There is a data entry error! The item in row 2 column 1 was entered as 2 but it needs to be -2.
Figure 29
Correcting the vlaue is not a problem. We use the cursor keys to move the highlight back to row 2 column 1.
Figure 30
Now we enter the correct value. It is displayed at the bottom of the screen.
Figure 31
We tell the calculator to accept the new value by pressing the key. Figure 31 shows that the correction has been made.
Figure 32
Figure 32 shows the data entry for [F].
Figure 33
Figure 33 shows the data entry for [G].
Figure 34
Figure 34 shows the data entry for [H].
Figure 35
Figure 35 shows the data entry for [I].
Figure 36
Returning to the MATRIX window, we see that all of our matrices, at aleast oall the ones that fit on the window, are defined.

Thus far we have seen how to get matrices into the calculator. The section below discusses matrix addition, scalar multiplication, and matrix transposition on the TI-83 family of calcualtors.

Figure 37
First, let us look at adding and . Pleasantly, matrix addition is straight forward. We do have to return to the MATRIX window to retrieve the names of the matrices, but the form of the command is just [A]+[B], as shown in Figure 37.
Figure 38
Press to perform the task. The calculator does the matrix addition and displays the result. As expected, matrix addition adds corresponding matrix entities and puts them into a cooresponding position in the resulting matrix.
Figure 39
In fact, not only can we do matrix addition, we can also do matrix subtraction. Figure 39 demionstrates the [B] - [A].
Figure 40
Figure 40 conntinues the demonstration of matrix subtraction with another example, this time using and . Notice that both [E] and [F] are 3 row and 2 column matrices, and therefore, the result is a 3 row, 2 column matrix.
Figure 41
Matrix addition and subtraction require that the two matrices being used have the same dimensions (i.e., they have the same number of rows and columns). In Figure 41 we formulate the command to add and . These two matrices do not have the same dimensions. We saw that [E] had 3 rows and 2 columns, but [D] has 2 rows and 3 columns. When we attempt this operation by pressing the key, the calculator responds as in Figure 42.
Figure 42
This is a typical error message: short and cryptic. We are told that we have a DIMension MISMATCH and that wour options are to quit or to Goto (meaning go to the offending statements so that a correction can be made. We press the key to select the second option.
Figure 43
The calculator has returned us to the offending command. We are now free to change the comamnd or even just clear it.
Figure 44
In this case we will use the key to back up. Note that even pressing that key once moves us back to the start of the matrix name. That is because the matrix name, [E], is an entity, an item we selected from the list of matrices rather than separate characters (the left bracket, the E, and the right bracket).
Figure 45
To continue to modify the old, erroneous, command, we return to the MATRIX window and select [D]. The calculator replaces the old entity, [] with the new one, [D].

Press to perform the command.

Figure 46
[D] has the same dimensions as itself, so we can clearly add [D] to [D] as shown in Figure 46. As you might expect, every matrix element in the answer is just twice the corresponding element in the original matrix. This suggests that we should be able to define scalar multiplication of a matrix as multiplying each element of the matrix by the scalar value.
Figure 47
In Figure 47 we test out scalar multiplication in the form of 2 * [C], giving exactly the answer we expected.

We follow that by an example where the scaler is not an integer and see that the process works the same way.

Figure 48
If the decimal values in the display in Figure 47 are bothersome, we can ask the calculator to convert those values to fractions by using the command found in the MATH window.
Figure 49
There are times when we want to rearrange a matrix such that the rows become the columns and the columns become the rows. Figure 49 redisplays [D]. Here we see that [D] has 2 rows and 3 columns. The first row contains the values -1, 0, and 4, while the second row contains the values 3, 1 and 1. We would like to produce a new matrix that has -1, 0, and 4 in the first column with 3, 1, and 1 in the second column. The process for doing this is called a transposition.
Figure 50
We find the command to do a transposition in the MATRIX window, MATH subwindow. The command is the second option in the list, the one symbolized by the raised small T. This operation is different from many of the other processes available in the list of options in that this is a "post-fix" operation. "Pre-fix" operations have the name of the operation followed by the thing upon which we are to operate. Thus, we say det([H]), Fill([B]), or dim([C]). A "post-fix" operation appeaars after the name of the thing upon which it is to work. In order to "transpose" matrix [D] we place the T symbol after the matrix name, as in [D]T.
Figure 51
In Figure 51 we have placed the "transpose" symbol after the name of the matrix. We are ready to performe the operation.
Figure 52
For Figure 52 the transpose operation has been performed giving the answer that we anticipated, a new matrix with three rows and two columns.
Figure 53
Notice that the process performed between Figures 51 and 52 did not change the contents of [D]. The process merely produced a new answer.
Figure 54
If we indeed want to transpose [D] and have the answer be stored in [D] then we need to store the result of the transposition back into [D]. A coomand to do this is shown at the ottom of Figure 54.
Figure 55
Performing that command producess the same screen results as we had before, but it also changes what is stored in [D]. We see that when we look at Figure 56 where we go back to echo the then current value of [D].
Figure 56
Figure 56 verifies that the value stored in [D] has changed.
Figure 57
Of course, now that [D] has three rows and two columns, a further transposition of [D] will take it back to its original 2 row and 3 column state.
Figure 58
Figure 58 illustrates that we can ask for the transposition of a sum of two matrices. To do this the calculator will add the two matrices to produce a new matrix which will then undergo the transposition process.
Figure 59
Here we see that we can ask the calculator to find the sum of the transposition of two matrices. The results suggest that the transposition of aa sum is the same as the sum of the transposition.

The TI-83 family of calculators has been around for a long time. The most recent variation, the TI-84 Plus allows users to update the operating system on the calculator. TI has released a new version of the operating system, version 2.53. That version enables a MODE called MATHPRINT. The following screens show the new way that TI-84 Plus calculators, running under the new software, may display matrices. The fancier output can be turned off if you so desire.

Figure 60
We start with a screen image of our [D] as it would appear on a TI-83 or TI-83 Plus.
Figure 61
The TI-84 Plus, running version 2.53 of the operating system and with MATHPRINT turned on, would display the same matrix as shown in Figure 61.
Figure 62
On the TI-84 with version 2.53, the MODE window appears as shown in Figure 62 but with the cusor flashing on NORMAL. The choice between MATHPRINT and CLASSIC does not appear on this windoe. Note the small down arrows surrounding the word NEXT at the bottom of the screen. We use the key to move down eight to shift the display to the second screen shown in Figure 63.
Figure 63
On this screen we see that the two options are MATHFORMAT and CLASSIC, with the current setting on the former. Use the key to move the flashing cursor to CLASSIC and then press to produce the screen in Figure 64.
Figure 64
This screen shows the second MODE window set to the "classic" view. Press to quit.
Figure 65
Now when we go to the MATRIX window and select [D], then press to paste the [D] onto the main screen and again to finish the command, the calculator displays the matrix in the "classic" format.

The calculator will remain in "classic" format until we return tot he MODE window and reset the value to MATHPRINT.

©Roger M. Palay
Saline, MI 48176
September, 2010