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I would like to draw a matrix with top left, top right, bottom left and bottom right blocks. The top left should be a 3x3 matrix with numerical entries, the top right is 0, the bottom left is 0 and the bottom right is just a "single" entry uJ. Here is my attempt.

$
\left[
\begin{array}{c|c}
[\begin{array{c|c|c}
0 & 0 & 2\mathrm tr(MM^{*}) \\
0 & 0 & -ua \\
u & -ua & 0 \end{array}]     &  0\\ \hline
0 & uJ 
\end{array}\right].
$ 

I would like to emphasize that the non-top-left entries are not just single entries, but blocks, so I do not want to just make a 4 by 4 matrix with vlines and hlines and additional 0's.

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Welcome to TeX.SE. While code snippets are useful in explanations, it is always best to compose a fully compilable MWE that illustrates the problem including the \documentclass and the appropriate packages so that those trying to help don't have to recreate it. –  Peter Grill Apr 3 '12 at 17:51
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up vote 13 down vote accepted

Something like this ?

\documentclass{article} 
\usepackage{amsmath}    

\begin{document}

\[
\left[ 
\begin{array}{c@{}c@{}c}
 \left[\begin{array}{cc}
         a_{11} & a_{12} \\
         a_{21} & a_{22} \\
  \end{array}\right] & \mathbf{0} & \mathbf{0} \\
  \mathbf{0} & \left[\begin{array}{ccc}
                       b_{11} & b_{12} & b_{13}\\ 
                       b_{21} & b_{22} & b_{23}\\
                       b_{31} & b_{32} & b_{33}\\
                      \end{array}\right] & \mathbf{0}\\
\mathbf{0} & \mathbf{0} & \left[ \begin{array}{cc}
                                   c_{11} & c_{12} \\
                                   c_{21} & c_{22} \\
                                  \end{array}\right] \\
\end{array}\right]
\]    
\end{document} 

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Perfect! thank you! –  Karlr Apr 3 '12 at 18:28
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