# Tagged Questions

Inverses include: multiplicative inverse of a number (reciprocal), inverse function, matrix inverse, etc. A subject tag such as (linear-algebra), (algebra-precalculus) or (arithmetic) should be added to clarify in which sense "inverse" is used. This tag should never be the only tag on a question.

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### Why does this “miracle method” for matrix inversion work?

Recently, I answered this question about matrix invertibility using a solution technique I called a "miracle method." The question and answer are reproduced below: Problem: Let $A$ be a matrix ...
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### Is $A + A^{-1}$ always invertible?

Let $A$ be an invertible matrix. Then is $A + A^{-1}$ invertible for any $A$? I have a hunch that it's false, but can't really find a way to prove it. If you give a counterexample, could you please ...
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### Adjoint functors as “conceptual inverses”

The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy's article on category theory claims that adjoint functors can be thought of as "conceptual inverses" of each other. For example, the forgetful functor "ought ...
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### What's the difference between arccos(x) and sec(x)

My question might sound dumb, but I don't really see why the graphics of arccos(x) and sec(x) are different, because as far as I know arccos is the inverse cosine function (cos(x)^-1) and sec equals 1/...
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### Why are nonsquare matrices not invertible?

I have a theoretical question. Why are non-square matrices not invertible? I am running into a lot of doubts like this in my introductory study of linear algebra.
I always thought that if the determinant of a matrix $A$ is $0$ then it has no inverse, $(A^{-1})$, until I saw an exercise in Contemporary Abstract Algebra by Gallian. This asks me to prove that the ...