Intersection of Two Null Spaces is Contained in Null Space of Sum of Two Matrices
Let $A$ and $B$ be $n\times n$ matrices. Then prove that
\[\calN(A)\cap \calN(B) \subset \calN(A+B),\]
where $\calN(A)$ is the null space (kernel) of the matrix $A$.
Definition.
Recall that the null space (or kernel) of an $n \times n$ matrix […]

Find Matrix Representation of Linear Transformation From $\R^2$ to $\R^2$
Let $T: \R^2 \to \R^2$ be a linear transformation such that
\[T\left(\, \begin{bmatrix}
1 \\
1
\end{bmatrix} \,\right)=\begin{bmatrix}
4 \\
1
\end{bmatrix}, T\left(\, \begin{bmatrix}
0 \\
1
\end{bmatrix} \,\right)=\begin{bmatrix}
3 \\
2 […]

Find an Orthonormal Basis of the Given Two Dimensional Vector Space
Let $W$ be a subspace of $\R^4$ with a basis
\[\left\{\, \begin{bmatrix}
1 \\
0 \\
1 \\
1
\end{bmatrix}, \begin{bmatrix}
0 \\
1 \\
1 \\
1
\end{bmatrix} \,\right\}.\]
Find an orthonormal basis of $W$.
(The Ohio State […]

If $A^{\trans}A=A$, then $A$ is a Symmetric Idempotent Matrix
Let $A$ be a square matrix such that
\[A^{\trans}A=A,\]
where $A^{\trans}$ is the transpose matrix of $A$.
Prove that $A$ is idempotent, that is, $A^2=A$. Also, prove that $A$ is a symmetric matrix.
Hint.
Recall the basic properties of transpose […]

Given a Spanning Set of the Null Space of a Matrix, Find the Rank
Let $A$ be a real $7\times 3$ matrix such that its null space is spanned by the vectors
\[\begin{bmatrix}
1 \\
2 \\
0
\end{bmatrix}, \begin{bmatrix}
2 \\
1 \\
0
\end{bmatrix}, \text{ and } \begin{bmatrix}
1 \\
-1 \\
0
[…]

Find All Matrices Satisfying a Given Relation
Let $a$ and $b$ be two distinct positive real numbers. Define matrices
\[A:=\begin{bmatrix}
0 & a\\
a & 0
\end{bmatrix}, \,\,
B:=\begin{bmatrix}
0 & b\\
b& 0
\end{bmatrix}.\]
Find all the pairs $(\lambda, X)$, where $\lambda$ is a real number and $X$ is a […]

Application of Field Extension to Linear Combination
Consider the cubic polynomial $f(x)=x^3-x+1$ in $\Q[x]$.
Let $\alpha$ be any real root of $f(x)$.
Then prove that $\sqrt{2}$ can not be written as a linear combination of $1, \alpha, \alpha^2$ with coefficients in $\Q$.
Proof.
We first prove that the polynomial […]