I solved it by myself, but I don't know I did it right. I hope you guys to check this out.

Suppose $(AB-BA)^{T}=BA-AB$







It's my first time to ask question here and my English is not that good since I learned English for second language. I hope you to teach me a lot.


What you showed was that if $AB - BA$ was skew symmetric then $A,B$ are symmetric. However what they asked us to show was the opposite, if $A,B$ are symmetric then show $AB - BA$ is skew symmetric.

To prove $AB -BA$ is skew symmetric you must show that $(AB - BA)^T = BA - AB.$ $$(AB-BA)^T = (AB)^T - (BA)^T = B^TA^T - A^TB^T$$

Since $A = A^T, B= B^T$ $$(AB - BA)^T = BA - AB$$


\begin{eqnarray*} (AB-BA)^T =(AB)^T-(BA)^T=B^TA^T-A^TB^T=BA-AB=-(AB-BA). \end{eqnarray*}


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