Problem: Write a C++ program to print the left and right diagonals elements of a matrix (2D array).

A square matrix have two diagonals:

  • Left Diagonal: The row and column indexes of a left diagonal element are equal i.e. i==j.
  • Right Diagonal: The sum of the row and column indexes of a right diagonal element is always one less than the size (order) of the matrix i.e. i+j==size-1.

We can use these properties to identify and output the diagonal elements of a matrix.

So, to print diagonal elements of a matrix in C++:

  1. Loop from i=0 to i< size of the matrix.
  2. Nest another for loop from j=0 to i< size of the matrix.
  3. Check if(i==j || i+j==SIZE-1). If yes then print matrix[i][j] else print whitespace.
  4. End the loops.

Here is the C++ program that prints the diagonals elements of a matrix:

#include <iostream>
#define SIZE 5
using namespace std;
 
int main()
{
  int matrix[SIZE][SIZE];

  //Take input into Matrix
  cout << "Enter elements into the matrix: \n";
  for(int i=0; i<SIZE ; i++){
    for(int j=0; j<SIZE; j++){
      cin >> matrix[i][j];
    }
  }
    
  //Output the diagonal elements
  cout << "Diagonal Elements: \n";
  for(int i=0; i<SIZE; i++){
    for(int j=0; j<SIZE; j++){
      if(i==j || i+j==SIZE-1)
        cout << matrix[i][j] << "\t";
      else
        cout << " " << "\t";
    }
    cout << "\n";
  }
 
  return 0;
}

Output:

Diagonal element of the matrix

In the above program, we first take input from the user into the matrix, then using nested ‘for’ loops, we output only those elements which satisfy any of the diagonal properties i.e. i==j or i+j<size-1.

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