The Inverse and Determinants of 2x2 and 3x3 Matrices
For those people who need instant formulas!
The general way to calculate the inverse of any square matrix, is to append a unity matrix after the matrix (i.e. [A | I]), and then do a row reduction until the matrix is of the form [I | B], and then B is the inverse of A. There is also a general formula based on matrix conjugates and the determinant.
In the following, DET is the determinant of the matrices at the left-hand side.
The inverse of a 2x2 matrix:
| a11 a12 |-1 | a22 -a12 |
| a21 a22 | = 1/DET * | -a21 a11 |
with DET = a11a22-a12a21
The inverse of a 3x3 matrix:
| a11 a12 a13 |-1
| a21 a22 a23 | = 1/DET * A
| a31 a32 a33 |
with A =
| a33a22-a32a23 -(a33a12-a32a13) a23a12-a22a13 |
|-(a33a21-a31a23) a33a11-a31a13 -(a23a11-a21a13)|
| a32a21-a31a22 -(a32a11-a31a12) a22a11-a21a12 |
and DET = a11(a33a22-a32a23)