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Idempotents in $M_2(\mathbb{C})$

Given two idempotents $e,f\in M_2(\mathbb{C})\setminus\{I_2\}$, the sets $$\{eg^{-1}:g\in GL_2(\mathbb{C}), eg^{-1} \text{ is an idempotent}\}$$ and $$\{gf:g\in GL_2(\mathbb{C}), gf \text{ is an ...
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Semigroups of matrices with zeroes and a single 1

I stumbled upon this while reviewing a Harvard lecture on abstract algebra. What I want to know is if these semigroups are known and, if so, what they are called. I've checked the assertions below for ...
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The compactness of the unit sphere in finite dimensional normed vector space

We define $ (\mathbb{R}^m, \|.\|)$ to be a finite dimensional normed vector space with $ \|.\|$ is defined to be any norm in $ \mathbb{R^m}$. Let $S = \lbrace x \in \mathbb{R}^m: \| x\| = 1 \rbrace.$ ...