# Is it still an n by n matrix if it's filled with all zeroes?

Say, for example I have a 5 x 5 matrix, but every row and every column is filled with a zero. Is it still a 5x5 matrix or is it a 1 x 1 matrix with a zero?

• I would just call it a zero matrix with dimensions as needed to suit your needs. – clocktower Apr 14 '16 at 0:35
• It is still a $5$ by $5$ matrix. You can think of it as a linear transformation from $\mathbb{R}^5$ to itself. – fred Apr 14 '16 at 0:36
• Yes, why would the values of the entries change the size? – user296602 Apr 14 '16 at 0:36

It is still a $5 \times 5$ matrix. A matrix is essentially made up of three things:
1) A height (number of rows) $n$
2) A width (number of columns) $m$
3) A collection of entries (from some field) to fill up the $n \times m$ spaces.
Yes it doesn't matter if it is filled with zeros or not, if it has five rows and five columns all zero it is still a $5\times 5$ matrix
If I write $$0 = \begin{pmatrix} 0 & 0 & 0 & 0 & 0 \\ 0 & 0 & 0 & 0 & 0 \\ 0 & 0 & 0 & 0 & 0 \\ 0 & 0 & 0 & 0 & 0 \\ 0 & 0 & 0 & 0 & 0 \\ \end{pmatrix}$$ it means that the zero matrix, here simply written as $0$. is the $5\times 5$ matrix with all elements being zero $0 \in \mathbb{F}$. So it is clear one works in $\mathbb{F}^{5\times 5}$ for some field $\mathbb{F}$.