# Questions tagged [matrices]

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

If $A$ and $B$ are square matrices such that $AB = I$, where $I$ is the identity matrix, show that $BA = I$. I do not understand anything more than the following. Elementary row operations. Linear ...
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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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### Kernels and reduced row echelon form - explanation

The following text is written in my textbook and I don't really understand it: If $A = (a_{ij}) \in$ Mat$(m x N, F)$ is a matrix in reduced row echelon form with $r$ nonzero rows and pivots in the ...
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### Are the eigenvalues of $AB$ equal to the eigenvalues of $BA$? (Citation needed!)

First of all, am I being crazy in thinking that if $\lambda$ is an eigenvalue of $AB$, where $A$ and $B$ are both $N \times N$ matrices (not necessarily invertible), then $\lambda$ is also an ...
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### Similar matrices and field extensions

Given a field $F$ and a subfield $K$ of $F$. Let $A$, $B$ be $n\times n$ matrices such that all the entries of $A$ and $B$ are in $K$. Is it true that if $A$ is similar to $B$ in $F^{n\times n}$ then ...
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### Simultaneously Diagonalizable Proof

Two $n\times n$ matrices $A, B$ are said to be simultaneously diagonalizable if there is a nonsingular matrix $S$ such that both $S^{-1}AS$ and $S^{-1}BS$ are diagonal matrices. a.) Show that ...
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### Do $AB$ and $BA$ have same minimal and characteristic polynomials?

Let $A, B$ be two square matrices of order $n$. Do $AB$ and $BA$ have same minimal and characteristic polynomials? I have a proof only if $A$ or $B$ is invertible. Is it true for all cases?
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### Is the product of symmetric positive semidefinite matrices positive definite?

I see on Wikipedia that the product of two commuting symmetric positive definite matrices is also positive definite. Does the same result hold for the product of two positive semidefinite matrices? ...
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### The Center of $\operatorname{GL}(n,k)$

The given question: Let $k$ be a ﬁeld and $n \in \mathbb{N}$. Show that the centre of $\operatorname{GL}(n, k)$ is $\lbrace\lambda I\mid λ ∈ k^∗\rbrace$. I have spent a while trying to prove this ...
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### Calculate Rotation Matrix to align Vector A to Vector B in 3d?

I have one triangle in 3d space that I am tracking in a simulation. Between time steps I have the the previous normal of the triangle and the current normal of the triangle along with both the current ...
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### Sylvester's determinant identity

Sylvester's determinant identity states that if $A$ and $B$ are matrices of sizes $m\times n$ and $n\times m$, then $$\det(I_m+AB) = \det(I_n+BA)$$ where $I_m$ and $I_n$ denote the $m \times m$ ...
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### Order of general- and special linear groups over finite fields.

Let $\mathbb{F}_3$ be the field with three elements. Let $n\geq 1$. How many elements do the following groups have? $\text{GL}_n(\mathbb{F}_3)$ $\text{SL}_n(\mathbb{F}_3)$ Here GL is the general ...
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### Proof of this result related to Fibonacci numbers: $\begin{pmatrix}1&1\\1&0\end{pmatrix}^n=\begin{pmatrix}F_{n+1}&F_n\\F_n&F_{n-1}\end{pmatrix}$?

$$\begin{pmatrix}1&1\\1&0\end{pmatrix}^n=\begin{pmatrix}F_{n+1}&F_n\\F_n&F_{n-1}\end{pmatrix}$$ Somebody has any idea how to go about proving this result? I know a proof by ...
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### Show that the determinant of $A$ is equal to the product of its eigenvalues

Show that the determinant of a matrix $A$ is equal to the product of its eigenvalues $\lambda_i$. So I'm having a tough time figuring this one out. I know that I have to work with the characteristic ...
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### Given a $4\times 4$ symmetric matrix, is there an efficient way to find its eigenvalues and diagonalize it?

I have a $4\times 4$ matrix $$A=\left(\begin{array}{cccc}8 & 11 & 4 & 3\\11 & 12 & 4 & 7\\4 & 4 & 7 & 12\\3 & 7 & 12 & 17\end{array}\right).$$ I want to ...
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### When is matrix multiplication commutative?

I know that matrix multiplication in general is not commutative. So, in general: $A, B \in \mathbb{R}^{n \times n}: A \cdot B \neq B \cdot A$ But for some matrices, this equations holds, e.g. A = ...
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### Matrix multiplication: interpreting and understanding the process

I have just watched the first half of the 3rd lecture of Gilbert Strang on the open course ware with link: http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/mathematics/18-06-linear-algebra-spring-2010/video-lectures/ It ...
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### A matrix and its transpose have the same set of eigenvalues

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 $A$.
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### Why do the $n \times n$ non-singular matrices form an “open” set?

Why is the set of $n\times n$ real, non-singular matrices an  open subset of the set of all $n\times n$ real matrices? I don't quite understand what "open" means in this context. Thank you.
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### Why does the inverse of the Hilbert matrix have integer entries?

Let $A$ be the $n\times n$ matrix given by $$A_{ij}=\frac{1}{i + j - 1}$$ Show that $A$ is invertible and that the inverse has integer entries. I was able to show that $A$ is invertible. ...
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### Prove that $A+I$ is invertible if $A$ is nilpotent [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Units and Nilpotents Given $A^{2012}=0$ prove that $A+I$ is invertible and find an expression for $(A+I)^{-1}$ in terms of $A$. ($I$ is the identity matrix).
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### Probability that a random binary matrix is invertible?

What is the probability that a random $\{0,1\}$, $n \times n$ matrix is invertible? Assume the 0 and 1 are each present in an entry with probability $\frac{1}{2}$. Is there an explicit formula as a ...
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### What is the geometric interpretation of the transpose?

I can follow the definition of the transpose algebraically, i.e. as a reflection of a matrix across its diagonal, or in terms of dual spaces, but I lack any sort of geometric understanding of the ...
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### Why, historically, do we multiply matrices as we do?

Multiplication of matrices — taking the dot product of the $i$th row of the first matrix and the $j$th column of the second to yield the $ij$th entry of the product — is not a very ...
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### Is the rank of a matrix the same of its transpose? If yes, how can I prove it?

I am auditing a Linear Algebra class, and today we were taught about the rank of a matrix. The definition was given from the row point of view: "The rank of a matrix A is the number of non-zero ...
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### Why is the complex number $z=a+bi$ equivalent to the matrix form $\left(\begin{smallmatrix}a &-b\\b&a\end{smallmatrix}\right)$ [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Relation of this antisymmetric matrix $r = \left(\begin{smallmatrix}0 &1\\-1 & 0\end{smallmatrix}\right)$ to $i$ On Wikipedia, it says that: Matrix representation ...
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### necessary and sufficient condition for trivial kernel of a matrix over a commutative ring

In answering Do these matrix rings have non-zero elements that are neither units nor zero divisors? I was surprised how hard it was to find anything on the Web about the generalization of the ...
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### Traces of all positive powers of a matrix are zero implies it is nilpotent

Let $A$ be an $n\times n$ complex nilpotent matrix. Then we know that because all eigenvalues of $A$ must be $0$, it follows that $\text{tr}(A^n)=0$ for all positive integers $n$. What I would like ...
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### Prove that the only eigenvalue of a nilpotent operator is 0?

I need to prove that if $\phi : V \rightarrow V$ is nilpotent, then its only eigenvalue is 0. I know how to prove that this for a nilpotent matrix, but I'm not sure in the case of an operator. How ...
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### A rank-one matrix is the product of two vectors

Let $A$ be an $n\times m$ matrix. Prove that $\operatorname{rank} (A) = 1$ if and only if there exist column vectors $v \in \mathbb{R}^n$ and $w \in \mathbb{R}^m$ such that $A=vw^t$. Progress: I'm ...
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### for any ring $A$ the matrix ring $M_n(A)$ is simple if and only if $A$ is simple

Let integer $n\geq 1$. I have obtained that for any field $k$, the matrix ring $M_n(k)$ is simple, i.e., $M_n(k)$ contains no nonzero proper two sided ideals. Now I want to prove that: for any ring $A$...
### How many connected components does $\mathrm{GL}_n(\mathbb R)$ have?
I've noticed that $\mathrm{GL}_n(\mathbb R)$ is not a connected space, because if it were $\det(\mathrm{GL}_n(\mathbb R))$ (where $\det$ is the function ascribing to each $n\times n$ matrix its ...
$$\det(A^T) = \det(A)$$ Using the geometric definition of the determinant as the area spanned by the columns could someone give a geometric interpretation of the property? Thanks!