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Linear algebra is concerned with vector spaces of all dimensions and linear transformations between them, including systems of linear equations, bases, dimensions, subspaces, matrices, determinants, traces, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, diagonalization, Jordan forms, etc. For questions specifically ...

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### If $AB = I$ then $BA = I$

If $A$ and $B$ are square matrices such that $AB = I$ where $I$ is identity matrix. Show that $BA = I$. I do not understand anything more than the following. Elementary row operations. Linear ...
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### Norms Induced by Inner Products and the Parallelogram Law

Let $V$ be a normed vector space (over $\mathbb{R}$, say, for simplicity) with norm $\lVert\cdot\rVert$. It's not hard to show that if $\lVert \cdot \rVert = \sqrt{\langle \cdot, \cdot \rangle}$ ...
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### What's an intuitive way to think about the determinant?

In my linear algebra class, we just talked about determinants. So far I’ve been understanding the material okay, but now I’m very confused. I get that when the determinant is zero, the matrix doesn’t ...
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### A linear operator commuting with all such operators is a scalar multiple of the identity.

The question is from Axler's "Linear Algebra Done Right", which I'm using for self-study. We are given a linear operator $T$ over a finite dimensional vector space $V$. We have to show that $T$ is a ...
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### Union of two vector subspaces not a subspace?

I'm having a difficult time understanding this statement. Can someone please explain with a concrete example?
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### Find the transitional matrix that would transform this form to a diagonal form.

Let the quadratic form $F(x,y,z)$ be given as below $F(x,y,z)=2x^2+3y^2+5z^2-xy-xz-yz$ Find the transitional matrix that would transform this form to a diagonal form. I got the symmetric ...
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### Solutions to the matrix equation $\mathbf{AB-BA=I}$ over general fields

Some days ago, I was thinking on a problem, which states that $AB-BA=I$ does not have a solution in $M_{n\times n}(\mathbb R)$ and $M_{n\times n}(\mathbb C)$. (Here $M_{n\times n}(\mathbb F)$ denotes ...
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### How do I tell if matrices are similar?

I have two $2\times 2$ matrices, $A$ and $B$, with the same determinant. I want to know if they are similar or not. I solved this by using a matrix called $S$: \left(\begin{array}{cc} a& b\\ ...
Let $\sigma(A)$ be the set of all eigenvalues of $A$. Show that $\sigma(A) = \sigma(A^T)$ where $A^T$ is the transposed matrix of $A$.
### How to show if $\lambda$ is an eigenvalue of $AB^{-1}$, then $\lambda$ is an eigenvalue of $B^{-1}A$?
Statement: If $\lambda$ is an eigenvalue of $AB^{-1}$, then $\lambda$ is an eigenvalue of $B^{-1}A$ and vice versa. One way of the proof. We have $B(B^{-1}A ) B^{-1} = AB^{-1}.$ Assuming \$ \...