OpenStudy (anonymous):

Prove that whenever A and B are matrices for which AB is defined, then (B^T)(A^T) is also defined. Then show (AB)^T=(B^T)(A^T). (transpose)

7 years ago
OpenStudy (anonymous):

So what does it mean AB is defined?

7 years ago
OpenStudy (anonymous):

I'm guessing, if A is an m x n matrix and B is an n x p matrix

7 years ago
OpenStudy (anonymous):

...then AB will be defined as the m x p matrix

7 years ago
OpenStudy (anonymous):

Well my book says the transpose of a product of any number of matrices is the product of the tranposes in the reverse order.

7 years ago
OpenStudy (anonymous):

my prof always starts of a proof asking "What do we know"

7 years ago
OpenStudy (anonymous):

So we know that AB is defined

7 years ago
OpenStudy (anonymous):

I guess i'm having trouble understanding this whole "ijth" entry thing, I didn't understand it much in lecture and my book doesn't expand

7 years ago
OpenStudy (anonymous):

can you tell me what topic it is?

7 years ago
OpenStudy (anonymous):

n-Dimensional Geometry: Matrix Multiplication the book says that the matrix product AB is the mxp matrix whose ijth entry is the dot product of the ith row of A and the jth column of B (considered as vectors in R^n)

7 years ago
OpenStudy (anonymous):

check out this webpage it explains matrix multiplication in easy to understand language http://www.purplemath.com/modules/mtrxmult.htm

7 years ago
OpenStudy (anonymous):

thank you!

7 years ago
OpenStudy (anonymous):

you're welcome

7 years ago
OpenStudy (anonymous):

did that help?

7 years ago
OpenStudy (anonymous):

a little, i looked into my book a bit more and convinced myself that the ijth entry of AB is $\sum_{k}^{n}$ $a _{ik}b _{kj}$ , which equals the jith entry of $B ^{T}A ^{T}$ which is $\sum_{k}^{n} b _{kj}a _{ik}$

7 years ago