A C program to Add two matrices (matrix) or Subtract two matrices (matrix)

By | August 30, 2013

Let’s identify variables needed for this program.

In this program, we need to save matrices which consists Rows and Columns. To save this we need Two dimensional ARRAY.

Multi dimensional Array is a nothing different than any Array but the only difference is that it has more than one deminsion to it e.g. square has two dimension and cube has three dimension. The size of array is decided by us in number of square brackets [] depending upon the Dimension selected. If We select two dimension than we have to take two square brackets[][]. It has to be accessed with the help of index number ranging from 0 to n-1 and 0 to m-1. (e.g. num[0][0],num[0][1],num[2][2] so on.) 

First few variables will be the one which will save the values entered by the user and it will be array A[3][3] and B[3][3]. Here we are taking3x3 matrices hence taking number 3 in both the square brackets. Next variable will be array C[3][3] for saving resultant value which will be displayed later. other variables will be I and J which will be for FOR Loop so in all Four variables.
The identified variables are A[3][3],B[3][3],C[3][3],I,J;

int A[3][3],B[3][3],C[3][3],I,J;

Now, Selection of data type is int data type due to the values expected are decimals and they will be holding smaller values so int data type is sufficient.

In this program there is a requirement of accessing the two deminsion array A[0][0],A[..][..],..A[2][2]. Here we have the index values ranging from zero to two (i.e. n-1) for ROWS and index values ranging from zero to two (i.e. n-1) for COLUMNS . Best Loop for such kind of condition is FOR Loop the value of loop will start with 0 to 2. Now here we need nested loop one loop inside the other. So that we can access all the Nine elements with it. We will need four nested loop in all eight FOR loops, First two nested loops for scanning required array values of Two matrices. Next nested loop for addition of matrices and save it in the third empty matrix. and fourth nested loop for printing resultant array values as output.

This let’s you understand nested loop


Subtracting two matrices is simple as we have to subtract all the elements of the first matrix with same row and column to the other matrix. The matrices can only be subtracted if the row and column is same. To known more please click here 


For substraction of two matrices we need to change only the PLUS sign to MINUS sign and Done program changes from Addition of two matrices to Substraction of two matrices.


Finally print the Numbers of Two Dimension Resultant Array in the Matrix form by using Tab and New Line character in the nested Loop at the end of the program.


C program code :

  1. #include<stdio.h>
  2. void main()
  3. {
  4.     int A[3][3],B[3][3],C[3][3],I,J;
  5.     clrscr();
  6.     printf("ENTER 3X3 MATRIX A VALUES\n");
  7.     for(I=0;I<3;I++)
  8.     {
  9.         for(J=0;J<3;J++)
  10.         {
  11.             scanf("%d",&A[I][J]);
  12.         }
  13.     }
  14.     printf("ENTER 3X3 MATRIX B VALUES\n");
  15.     for(I=0;I<3;I++)
  16.     {
  17.         for(J=0;J<3;J++)
  18.         {
  19.             scanf("%d",&B[I][J]);
  20.         }
  21.     }
  22.     for(I=0;I<3;I++)
  23.     {
  24.         for(J=0;J<3;J++)
  25.         {
  26.             C[I][J]=A[I][J]+B[I][J];
  27.         }
  28.     }
  29.     printf("RESULT 3X3 MATRIX C VALUES ARE :\n");
  30.     for(I=0;I<3;I++)
  31.     {
  32.         for(J=0;J<3;J++)
  33.         {
  34.             printf("%d\t",C[I][J]);
  35.         }
  36.         printf("\n");
  37.     }
  38.     getch();
  39. }

Note:- whenever you have large number of inputs to be entered, we can use space instead of enter button all the time. You can see have its done in Output screen.




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