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I'd like to write to you two problems that I tried to solve, I'm not sure of the solution of the first.

Let $A\in M_n (F)$ be a matrix and $g(t)\in F(t)$ a polynomial, $P_A(t)$- the characteristic poly of $A$. I need to prove that if $\gcd(P_A(t),g(t)=1$ so $g(A)$ is invertible.

Things I know:

*If $\gcd(P_{A}(t),g(t)=1$ so $P_A(t)$ and $g(t)$ have no factor in common

*for every eigenvalue $\lambda$ of A $\det(A-\lambda)=0$

*The minimal poly has all the factors that the cha. has and it is the poly with the minimal degree that if we plug $A$ into it it will equal 0 So I know that for sure $g(A) \neq0$ , but it's not enough to say that $\det g(A) \neq 0$ and to conclude what I need.

Is it correct to say that if $\det g(A) = 0$ than $g(x)$ was part of $P_A(t)$? And if yes, why?

The second question is for this bilinear form: $q(v)=q(x,y,z)=2x^2-3y^2+xy-5yz$ I need to find base $B$ so that $[q]^B$ will be diagonalizable matrix. So, I tried to look for eigenvalues but it's impossible mission, it's really messy. Is there any other method which with I can find it? maybe something with Jacoby method?

Thanks alot!

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For your first problem: does the field $F$ allow you to apply Bézout's identity? And for the second, write $q(x,y,z)$ as a sum of squares of linear functionals. If I'm not wrong, we find $q(x,y,z) = 2\left(x+\frac 14y\right)^2-\frac{25}8\left(y+\frac 45z\right)^2+2z^2$. – Davide Giraudo Aug 12 '11 at 20:51
For the first question, use Bezout's theorem with $g$ and $P_A$, and plug $A$ into the equation using $P_A(A) = 0$. – Joel Cohen Aug 12 '11 at 20:53
Sorry guys, I can't use neither bezout's or Lagrange theorem. – user6163 Aug 12 '11 at 20:59
Hints: You can write $f(t)P_{A}(t) +h(t)g(t) = 1$ for polynomials $f(t)$ and $h(t) \in F[t]$ (at least it $F$ is a field, which I presume is intended). Now you can evaluate at $A$. – Geoff Robinson Aug 12 '11 at 21:07
@Nir: $F(t)$ is the field of rational functions in $t$ with coefficients in $F$; if you want to talk about polynomials, you can work in $F[t]$, instead. – Arturo Magidin Aug 12 '11 at 22:02

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  1. Let $\chi_A(t)$ be the characteristic polynomial of $A$, and let $g(t)$ be a polynomial with $\gcd(g(t),\chi_A(t))=1$. Since $F[t]$ is a Euclidean domain, using the Euclidean algorithm we can find polynomials $r(t)$ and $s(t)$ such that $$g(t)r(t) + s(t)\chi_A(t) = 1.$$ Now, since $A$ commutes with itself and commutes with each scalar matrix, we can evaluate both sides at the matrix $A$ (replacing the constant coefficients with scalar matrices) to get that $$g(A)r(A) + s(A)\chi_A(A) = I.$$ By the Cayley-Hamilton Theorem, $\chi_A(A) = 0$, so this reduces to $g(A)r(A) = I$. In particular, $g(A)$ has an inverse, hence is invertible.

  2. Note that the above does not require the characteristic polynomial to split over $F$.

  3. It is not enough for $g(A)\neq 0$ to be able to conclude that $\det(g(A))\neq 0$. For example, take $g(t) = t$, and take $A$ to be any nonzero noninvertible matrix. Then $g(A) = A\neq 0$, but the determinant of $g(A)=A$ is $0$.

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Thank you Arturo! – user6163 Aug 13 '11 at 8:46

By the fundamental theorem of algebra, we may write $g(t)=\prod (t-b_i)$, where $b_i$ are roots of $g(t)$. $\gcd(P_{A}(t),g(t))=1$ implies $P_A(b_i)\ne 0$, i.e., $b_i$ is not an eigenvalue of $A$. Thus $g(A)=\prod (A-b_iI)$ is invertible since each $A-b_iI$ is invertible.

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To invoke the FTA, you need to be working over $\mathbb{C}$ (or perhaps $\mathbb{R}$); the problem asks about a general field. You can use this argument, but then you want to factor $g(t)$ over the algebraic closure of $F$. – Arturo Magidin Aug 12 '11 at 22:03

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