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Matrix multiplication

  1. Oct 31, 2005 #1

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    What was the (historical) motivation for defining the rules of matrix multiplication the way it is?
     
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  3. Oct 31, 2005 #2
    As far as I know, it comes from performing 2 linear transformations, A and B, one after the other. Then realising that both linear transformations can be written as one matrix, C, and then realising that C can be written as the A and B if we define this new operation called matrix multiplication.
     
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