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Closed conjugacy classes in $M_n(k)$

Let $k$ be an algebraically closed field, $n$ a positive integer, and consider the action of $\mathrm{GL}_n(k)$ on $M_n(k)$ by conjugation. My professor tells me that semisimple conjugacy classes are ...
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Can a the field of fractions or quotient field F of an integral domain R be free over some set as an R-module?

We know any integral domain R when extended to a quotient field F, then F is free as an F-module on the set {1}. Can this field be free over some set as an R-module.
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Orbits of action of $SL_m(\mathbb{Z})$ on $\mathbb{Z}^m$

I'm considering the action of $SL_m(\mathbb{Z})$ on $\mathbb{Z}^m$: if $A\in SL_m(\mathbb{Z})$ and $v\in\mathbb{Z}^m$, then $Av\in\mathbb{Z}^m$. My question is: what are the orbits of this action? ...
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Dimension of $SO_n(\mathbb{R})$

Is there a simple proof that the dimension of $SO_n(\mathbb{R})$, a.k.a the group of rotations in $n$-dimensional space is $(n-1)n/2$? It would be great to see some proofs based only on the ...
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Is the group of all determinants of all invertible $n \times n$-matrices isomorphic to $\langle\mathbb{R}^*, \cdot\rangle$?

I am doing Linear Algebra and Abstract Algebra simultaneously, and in Linear Algebra class, going through determinants, I thought of something interesting (for a freshman just learning the subjects, ...
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Show that $Q_8$ can't be embedded in $M_{2 \times 2}(\mathbb{R})$ as a group.

So, suppose that we're working in a field $F$. Consider the ring $M_{n \times n} (F)$ which is the set all $n \times n$ matrices with entries in $F$. Is it possible to determine whether a matrix ...