Author: Yu

Top 10 Popular Math Problems in 2016-2017

It’s been a year since I started this math blog!!

More than 500 problems were posted during a year (July 19th 2016-July 19th 2017).

I made a list of the 10 math problems on this blog that have the most views.

Can you solve all of them?


The level of difficulty among the top 10 problems.
【★★★】 Difficult (Final Exam Level)
【★★☆】 Standard(Midterm Exam Level)
【★☆☆】 Easy (Homework Level)
 

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How to Prove a Matrix is Nonsingular in 10 Seconds

Problem 509

Using the numbers appearing in
\[\pi=3.1415926535897932384626433832795028841971693993751058209749\dots\] we construct the matrix \[A=\begin{bmatrix}
3 & 14 &1592& 65358\\
97932& 38462643& 38& 32\\
7950& 2& 8841& 9716\\
939937510& 5820& 974& 9
\end{bmatrix}.\]

Prove that the matrix $A$ is nonsingular.

 

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The Formula for the Inverse Matrix of $I+A$ for a $2\times 2$ Singular Matrix $A$

Problem 505

Let $A$ be a singular $2\times 2$ matrix such that $\tr(A)\neq -1$ and let $I$ be the $2\times 2$ identity matrix.
Then prove that the inverse matrix of the matrix $I+A$ is given by the following formula:
\[(I+A)^{-1}=I-\frac{1}{1+\tr(A)}A.\]

Using the formula, calculate the inverse matrix of $\begin{bmatrix}
2 & 1\\
1& 2
\end{bmatrix}$.

 

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