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If $A$ and $B$ are two invertible 5*5 matrices, does $B^{T}$$A$ remain invertible?

I cannot find out is there any properties of invertible matrix to my question.

Thank you!

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A common trick to answer the question "Is foo invertible?" is to actually write down the inverse of foo. In many cases this is pretty easy to do, as seen in the answers. – Hurkyl Oct 24 '12 at 16:10
@Hurkyl What does foo mean? – John Hass Oct 24 '12 at 16:13
@PENGTENG It is a nonsense word used as a generic placeholder in math and computer science. It's being used as a variable for an object here, but it's more frequently used for properties rather than objects. – rschwieb Oct 24 '12 at 16:14
@rschwieb I get it. Thanks! – John Hass Oct 24 '12 at 16:17
How is this well researched? C'mon guys – Alec Teal Aug 3 at 6:41

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Of course: $B$ invertible implies $B^T$ invertible, and the product of two invertible matrices is clearly invertible.

This is easily seen from these equations: $$BB^{-1}=I\implies (BB^{-1})^T=I\implies (B^{-1})^TB^T=1,$$ and the fact that if $X$ and $Y$ are invertible, $(XY)^{-1}=Y^{-1}X^{-1}$.

Perhaps the general properties you should take away are these:

$(XY)^T=Y^TX^T$ and $(XY)^{-1}=Y^{-1}X^{-1}$.

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And this is of course true for $n \times n$-matrices and not just $5 \times 5$-matrices. – N.U. Oct 24 '12 at 16:11
"...the product of two matrices is clearly invertible." Only if the two matrices are themselves invertible: – nacnudus Aug 3 at 2:16
@nacnudus of course, a reasonable person can tell this is a typo of the form of an omitted word from context. Thanks for indirectly alerting me to it. – rschwieb Aug 3 at 3:27

Yes. $$ \det(B^T\,A)=\det(B^T)\det(A)=\det(B)\det(A)\ne0. $$ Moreover $$ (B^T\,A)^{-1}=A^{-1}(B^{-1})^T. $$

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