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# Singular Matrix

A matrix is defined as a rectangular array of numbers that are arranged in rows and columns. The size of a matrix can be determined by the number of rows and columns in it. A matrix is said to be an “m by n” matrix when it has “m” rows and “n” columns and is written as an “m × n” matrix. For example, the order of the matrix that has five rows and four columns is “5 × 4.” We have different types of matrices, such as rectangular matrices, square matrices, triangular matrices, symmetric matrices, singular matrices, etc. The determinant of a matrix determines whether it is singular or non-singular. Now let us discuss a singular matrix in detail. The image given below is an “m × n” matrix that has “m” rows and “n” columns.

## What is a Singular Matrix?

A square matrix is said to be a singular matrix if its determinant is zero and it is not invertible. In a singular matrix, some rows and columns are linearly dependent. As the rows and columns of a singular matrix are linearly dependent, the rank of the matrix will be less than the order of the matrix.

We know that the formula to determine the inverse of a matrix is equal to the adjoint of the matrix divided by the determinant of the matrix, i.e., A-1 = (adj A) / |A|. From the definition of a singular matrix, we know that |A| = 0, so its inverse is not defined.

Let us consider that A and B are two square matrices of order “n × n”

If,

AB = BA = I

where I is an identity or unit matrix of order n, then matrix B is said to be the inverse matrix of A. Thus, matrix A is a non-singular matrix.

## Properties of a Singular Matrix

The following are the properties of the Singular Matrix:

• Every singular matrix must be a square matrix, i.e., a matrix that has an equal number of rows and columns.
• The determinant of a singular matrix is equal to zero.
• As the determinant of a singular matrix is zero, its inverse is not defined.
• A zero matrix of any order matrix is a singular matrix, as its determinant is zero.
• In a singular matrix, some rows and columns are linearly dependent.
• The rank of a singular matrix will be less than the order of the matrix, i.e., Rank (A) < Order of A.
• A matrix that has any two rows or any two columns identical is singular, as the determinant of such a matrix is zero.
• When a row or column’s elements in a matrix are all zeros, then the matrix is singular, as its determinant is zero.
• When one row (or column) of a matrix is a scalar multiple of another row (or column), then the matrix is singular as its determinant is zero.

## Differences between Singular and Non-Singular Matrix

Differences between Singular Matrix and Non-Singular Matrix can be understood using the table given below

## Identifying a Singular Matrix

Follow the conditions given below to determine whether the given matrix is singular or not.

• Determine whether the given matrix is a square matrix or not.
• If the given matrix is a square matrix, then find the determinant of the matrix.

⇒ If |A|= 0, then the given matrix is singular.

⇒ If |A|≠0, then the given matrix is non-singular.

### Formula for Determinant of “2 × 2” Matrix

If A =  is a “2 × 2” matrix, then its determinant is

|A|= [ad – bc]

### Formula for Determinant of “3 × 3” Matrix

If A =  is a “3 × 3” matrix, then its determinant is

|A|= a1(b2c3 – b3c2) – a2(b1c3 – b3c1) + a3(b1c2 – b2c1)

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## Solved Examples on Singular Matrix

Example 1: Find the value of k if the matrix given below, is a singular matrix.

Solution:

Given matrix A =

We know that the determinant of a singular matrix is zero, i.e., det A = 0

⇒ (2×k) – (–4 × 5) = 0

⇒ 2k + 20 = 0

⇒ 2k = -20

⇒ k = –20/2 = –10

Hence, the value of k if the given matrix is a singular matrix is –10.

Example 2: Determine the inverse of the matrix given below.

Solution:

Given matrix

P-1 = Adj P / |P|

Now, let us find the determinant of the matrix P.

|P| = (–3 × –8) – (6 × 4)

|P| = 24 – 24 = 0

Since, the determinant of matrix P = 0, it is a singular matrix, and its inverse matrix doesn’t exist.

Example 3: Determine whether the given matrix is singular or not.

Solution:

Given matrix A =

To determine whether the given matrix is singular or not, we have to find its determinant.

det A = 1[(5 × 0) – (4 × 2)] – 0[(0 × 0) – (2 × –1)] + (-3) [(0 × 4) – (–1 × 5)]

⇒ |A| = (1 × -8) – 0 + (–3 × 5)

⇒ |A| = –8 – 15 = –23 ≠ 0

Since the determinant of the given matrix is not equal to zero, it is a non-singular matrix.

Example 4: Find the value of b if the matrix given below, is a singular matrix.

Solution:

Given matrix

We know that the determinant of a singular matrix is zero, i.e., det B = 0

⇒ (9 × –2) – (6 × b) = 0

⇒ –18 – 6b = 0

⇒ –6b = 18

⇒ b = 18/–6 = –3

Hence, the value of b if the given matrix is a singular matrix is –3.

## FAQs on Singular Matrix

### Question 1: Define a matrix.

A matrix is defined as a rectangular array of numbers that are arranged in rows and columns.

### Question 2: What is a singular matrix?

A square matrix is said to be a singular matrix if its determinant is zero and it is not invertible.

### Question 3: What is the rank of a singular matrix of order “3 × 3”?

If the given matrix A is singular, then its determinant is zero. Now, the rank of the given matrix will be less than the order of the matrix, i.e., rank (A) < 3.