### A good answer might be: ``` 10 0 20 20 40 10 0 20 10 ```  ``` -2 2 1 1 2 -2 ``` = 10 ``` 1 0 2 2 4 1 0 2 1 ```  ``` -2 2 1 1 2 -2 ``` = 10 ``` 2 -2 2 6 4 0 ``` = 20 ``` 1 -1 1 3 2 0 ``` # Associative

Multiply the first two following matrices together. Click on the = to check your result. Then multiply the result with the third matrix.

Problem Partial Result Result  ``` 1 -1 2 3 ```  ``` -2 1 0 2 ```   ``` -1 0 1 1 ```  ? ? ? ?  ``` -1 0 1 1 ```  ? ? ? ? Now do the problem again, but this time start by multiplying the last two matrices.

Problem Partial Result Result ``` 1 -1 2 3 ```   ``` -2 1 0 2 ```  ``` -1 0 1 1 ```   ``` 1 -1 2 3 ```  ? ? ? ?  ? ? ? ? The final answer is the same for both ways of doing the problem. This demonstates the fact that matrix multiplication is associative:

(AB)C = A(BC)

Of course, the inner dimension of A and B must be the same, and the inner dimension of B and C must be the same. Usually a product of three matrices is written ABC.

### QUESTION 11: Say that A5×5 B C3×4 = D.

What are the dimensions of B and D?