Elements in a multidimensional array are accessed in like so:

array[rowNumber - 1][columnNumber - 1];

Similar to their single dimension counterparts, the first row is at index 0, the nth row is at index n-1, and the last row is at index firstDim - 1. This is the same for the columns too.

Consider this example of a three-by-three matrix of integers:

int mat[][3] = {{19, 6, 7}, {20, 3, 17}, {16, 13, 10}};

To access the element on the second row and third column, we write mat[1][2] (in this case it’s 17).

Looping through a multidimensional array is similar to looping through a single dimension array with the slight difference that having multiple dimensions will require nested loops. While you can use nested while loops, it is better to use a nested for loop. In the two-dimensional case, the outer loop goes through the rows and the inner loop goes through the columns:

int mat[3][3] = {{12, 8, 2}, {17, 19, 5}, {6, 11, 2}}; for(int i = 0; i < 3; i++){ for(int j = 0; j < 3; j++){ int num = mat[i][j]; printf("%i\n", num); } }

To prevent the hardcoding of dimensions in a loop, the sizeof() function is used as follows:

  • rowDimension = sizeof(matrix)/sizeof(matrix[0]);
  • columnDimension = sizeof(matrix[0])/sizeof(dataType);

Let’s use these identities to write the for loop from the previous exercise:

int mat[3][3] = {{12, 8, 2}, {17, 19, 5}, {6, 11, 2}}; int rowDimension = sizeof(mat)/sizeof(mat[0]); int columnDimension = sizeof(mat[0])/sizeof(int); for(int i = 0; i < rowDimension; i++){ for(int j = 0; j < columnDimension; j++){ int num = mat[i][j]; printf("%i\n", num); } }



In the accompanying code block, write code that prints the element that is in the fourth row and second column of matrix.


Loop through matrix and add up all the elements. Assign your answer to the sum variable.

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