# Ch 5: Matrices and Absolute Value: Help and Review

### About This Chapter

## Summary

The matrices and absolute value chapter of this College Algebra Help and Review course is the simplest way to master matrices and absolute value. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure students learn the essentials of matrices and absolute value.

## Who's it for?

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering standard college algebra material will benefit from taking this course. There is no faster or easier way to learn standard college algebra. Among those who would benefit are:

- Students who have fallen behind in understanding matrices and absolute value S
- Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
- Students who prefer multiple ways of learning math (visual or auditory)
- Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
- Students who need an efficient way to learn about matrices and absolute value
- Students who struggle to understand their teachers
- Students who attend schools without extra math learning resources

## How it works:

- Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
- Press play and watch the video lesson.
- Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
- Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
- Verify you're ready by completing the matrices and absolute value chapter exam.

### Why it works:

**Study Efficiently:**Skip what you know, review what you don't.**Retain What You Learn:**Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.**Be Ready on Test Day:**Use the matrices and absolute value chapter exam to be prepared.**Get Extra Support:**Ask our subject-matter experts any matrices and absolute value question. They're here to help!**Study With Flexibility:**Watch videos on any web-ready device.

### Students will review:

This chapter helps students review the concepts in a matrices and absolute value unit of a standard college algebra course. Topics covered include:

- Defining a matrix
- Defining absolute value
- Evaluating and solving absolute value equations
- Graphing absolute value equations

### 1. What is a Matrix?

As math gets more and more complicated and there become more and more numbers flying around, it becomes really handy to put all these numbers in a nice organized grid... hello matrices! Learn about what they are and why there are used.

### 2. How to Take a Determinant of a Matrix

Matrices are incredibly powerful and can help you do all sorts of things, but one of the most basic (and surprisingly helpful) operations you can perform on one is to take its determinant. Learn how to do that here!

### 3. What is an Absolute Value?

When we're talking and comparing numbers, we often don't care whether its positive or negative, just how big it is. This is often called the magnitude of a number and we find it by taking the absolute value. Learn all about it here!

### 4. How to Evaluate Absolute Value Expressions

Substituting values into absolute values doesn't have to be too hard, but it can be if you're given deceiving beginning information. See if you're up to it by checking out this video!

### 5. How to Solve an Absolute Value Equation

Once you get familiar with any new operation, the next step in any algebra class is to learn how to solve equations with that operation in them. Absolute values are no different. Solve absolute value equations here!

### 6. Solving Absolute Value Practice Problems

There are many easy mistakes to make when solving absolute value equations. Learn how to avoid those mistakes here by working on examples of absolute value equations with operations on the inside and the outside of the absolute value.

### 7. How to Graph an Absolute Value and Do Transformations

Absolute value graphs normally look like the letter 'V', but transformations can change that 'V' in a number of different ways. As well as teaching you how to graph absolute values, this video will focus on a specific group of transformations called translations. Learn all about what that means here!

### 8. Graphing Absolute Value Equations: Dilations & Reflections

Although a basic absolute value graph isn't complicated, transformations can make them sufficiently confusing! In this lesson, you'll practice different transformations of absolute value graphs.

### 9. Inverse Matrix: Definition, Properties & Formula

Matrices are powerful tools for a wide variety of applications: computer gaming, massive data visualization, and designing buildings for earthquakes. This lesson goes over how to determine the inverse of a matrix and why it might be useful.

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### Other Chapters

Other chapters within the College Algebra: Help and Review course

- Basic Arithmetic
- Overview of Real Numbers
- Foundations and Linear Equations: Help and Review
- Overview of Linear Equations
- Inequalities: Help and Review
- Using FOIL, Graphing Parabolas & Solving Quadratics to Factor: Help & Review
- Properties of Polynomial Functions
- Working with Quadratic Equations
- Complex Numbers: Help and Review
- Exponents and Exponential Expressions
- Overview of Exponents
- Exponents and Polynomials: Help and Review
- Algebraic Expressions and Equations
- Rational Expressions: Help and Review
- Working with Rational Expressions
- Math Expressions and Formulas
- Functions: Help and Review
- Fractions
- Factoring
- Exponentials and Logarithms: Help and Review
- Probability Mechanics: Help and Review
- Calculations, Ratios & Proportions
- Percent Notation
- Data, Statistics & Probability
- Sequences and Series: Help and Review
- Basic Number Sense and Operations
- Overview of Roots & Radical Expressions
- Overview of Continuity in Mathematics
- Overview of Mathematical Limits