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  • True of False Problems on Determinants and Invertible MatricesTrue of False Problems on Determinants and Invertible Matrices Determine whether each of the following statements is True or False. (a) If $A$ and $B$ are $n \times n$ matrices, and $P$ is an invertible $n \times n$ matrix such that $A=PBP^{-1}$, then $\det(A)=\det(B)$. (b) If the characteristic polynomial of an $n \times n$ matrix $A$ […]
  • Show the Subset of the Vector Space of Polynomials is a Subspace and Find its BasisShow the Subset of the Vector Space of Polynomials is a Subspace and Find its Basis Let $P_3$ be the vector space over $\R$ of all degree three or less polynomial with real number coefficient. Let $W$ be the following subset of $P_3$. \[W=\{p(x) \in P_3 \mid p'(-1)=0 \text{ and } p^{\prime\prime}(1)=0\}.\] Here $p'(x)$ is the first derivative of $p(x)$ and […]
  • The Matrix for the Linear Transformation of the Reflection Across a Line in the PlaneThe Matrix for the Linear Transformation of the Reflection Across a Line in the Plane Let $T:\R^2 \to \R^2$ be a linear transformation of the $2$-dimensional vector space $\R^2$ (the $x$-$y$-plane) to itself which is the reflection across a line $y=mx$ for some $m\in \R$. Then find the matrix representation of the linear transformation $T$ with respect to the […]
  • Quiz: Linear Equations and Matrix EntreisQuiz: Linear Equations and Matrix Entreis Do the following quiz about Linear Equations Matrix entries.   There are two questions. After completing the quiz, click View questions to see the solutions.
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  • Find All the Eigenvalues of Power of Matrix and Inverse MatrixFind All the Eigenvalues of Power of Matrix and Inverse Matrix Let \[A=\begin{bmatrix} 3 & -12 & 4 \\ -1 &0 &-2 \\ -1 & 5 & -1 \end{bmatrix}.\] Then find all eigenvalues of $A^5$. If $A$ is invertible, then find all the eigenvalues of $A^{-1}$.   Proof. We first determine all the eigenvalues of the matrix […]
  • A Matrix Having One Positive Eigenvalue and One Negative EigenvalueA Matrix Having One Positive Eigenvalue and One Negative Eigenvalue Prove that the matrix \[A=\begin{bmatrix} 1 & 1.00001 & 1 \\ 1.00001 &1 &1.00001 \\ 1 & 1.00001 & 1 \end{bmatrix}\] has one positive eigenvalue and one negative eigenvalue. (University of California, Berkeley Qualifying Exam Problem)   Solution. Let us put […]
  • Quotient Group of Abelian Group is AbelianQuotient Group of Abelian Group is Abelian Let $G$ be an abelian group and let $N$ be a normal subgroup of $G$. Then prove that the quotient group $G/N$ is also an abelian group.   Proof. Each element of $G/N$ is a coset $aN$ for some $a\in G$. Let $aN, bN$ be arbitrary elements of $G/N$, where $a, b\in […]

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