Q. 44.3( 24 Votes )

If a matrix has 18 elements, what are the possible orders it can have? What, if it has 5 elements?

Answer :

It is known that if a matrix s of the order m × n, then it has mn elements.

Therefore, to find all the possible orders of a matrix having 18 elements, we had to find all the ordered pairs of natural numbers whose product is 18.


The ordered pairs are: (1, 18), (18, 1), (2, 9), (9, 2), (3, 6) and (6, 3).


Therefore, the possible orders of a matrix having 24 elements are;


1 × 18, 18 × 1, 2 × 9, 9 × 2, 3 × 6, 6 × 3


(1, 5) and (5, 1) are the ordered pairs of natural numbers whose product is 5.


Therefore, the possible orders of a matrix having 5 elements are 1 × 5 and 5 × 1.

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