Find All the Values of $x$ so that a Given $3\times 3$ Matrix is Singular
Find all the values of $x$ so that the following matrix $A$ is a singular matrix.
\[A=\begin{bmatrix}
x & x^2 & 1 \\
2 &3 &1 \\
0 & -1 & 1
\end{bmatrix}.\]
Hint.
Use the fact that a matrix is singular if and only if its determinant is […]

Compute Determinant of a Matrix Using Linearly Independent Vectors
Let $A$ be a $3 \times 3$ matrix.
Let $\mathbf{x}, \mathbf{y}, \mathbf{z}$ are linearly independent $3$-dimensional vectors. Suppose that we have
\[A\mathbf{x}=\begin{bmatrix}
1 \\
0 \\
1
\end{bmatrix}, A\mathbf{y}=\begin{bmatrix}
0 \\
1 \\
0
[…]

Find Values of $h$ so that the Given Vectors are Linearly Independent
Find the value(s) of $h$ for which the following set of vectors
\[\left \{ \mathbf{v}_1=\begin{bmatrix}
1 \\
0 \\
0
\end{bmatrix}, \mathbf{v}_2=\begin{bmatrix}
h \\
1 \\
-h
\end{bmatrix}, \mathbf{v}_3=\begin{bmatrix}
1 \\
2h \\
3h+1
[…]

Find the Nullity of the Matrix $A+I$ if Eigenvalues are $1, 2, 3, 4, 5$
Let $A$ be an $n\times n$ matrix. Its only eigenvalues are $1, 2, 3, 4, 5$, possibly with multiplicities.
What is the nullity of the matrix $A+I_n$, where $I_n$ is the $n\times n$ identity matrix?
(The Ohio State University, Linear Algebra Final Exam […]

How to Use the Cayley-Hamilton Theorem to Find the Inverse Matrix
Find the inverse matrix of the $3\times 3$ matrix
\[A=\begin{bmatrix}
7 & 2 & -2 \\
-6 &-1 &2 \\
6 & 2 & -1
\end{bmatrix}\]
using the Cayley-Hamilton theorem.
Solution.
To apply the Cayley-Hamilton theorem, we first determine the characteristic […]

Properties of Nonsingular and Singular Matrices
An $n \times n$ matrix $A$ is called nonsingular if the only solution of the equation $A \mathbf{x}=\mathbf{0}$ is the zero vector $\mathbf{x}=\mathbf{0}$.
Otherwise $A$ is called singular.
(a) Show that if $A$ and $B$ are $n\times n$ nonsingular matrices, then the product $AB$ is […]

Maximize the Dimension of the Null Space of $A-aI$
Let
\[ A=\begin{bmatrix}
5 & 2 & -1 \\
2 &2 &2 \\
-1 & 2 & 5
\end{bmatrix}.\]
Pick your favorite number $a$. Find the dimension of the null space of the matrix $A-aI$, where $I$ is the $3\times 3$ identity matrix.
Your score of this problem is equal to that […]

Nilpotent Matrices and Non-Singularity of Such Matrices
Let $A$ be an $n \times n$ nilpotent matrix, that is, $A^m=O$ for some positive integer $m$, where $O$ is the $n \times n$ zero matrix.
Prove that $A$ is a singular matrix and also prove that $I-A, I+A$ are both nonsingular matrices, where $I$ is the $n\times n$ identity […]