# Tagged: matrix product

## Problem 641

Let $\mathbf{v} = \begin{bmatrix} 2 & -5 & -1 \end{bmatrix}$.

Find all $3 \times 1$ column vectors $\mathbf{w}$ such that $\mathbf{v} \mathbf{w} = 0$.

## Problem 562

An $n\times n$ matrix $A$ is called nonsingular if the only vector $\mathbf{x}\in \R^n$ satisfying the equation $A\mathbf{x}=\mathbf{0}$ is $\mathbf{x}=\mathbf{0}$.
Using the definition of a nonsingular matrix, prove the following statements.

(a) If $A$ and $B$ are $n\times n$ nonsingular matrix, then the product $AB$ is also nonsingular.

(b) Let $A$ and $B$ be $n\times n$ matrices and suppose that the product $AB$ is nonsingular. Then:

1. The matrix $B$ is nonsingular.
2. The matrix $A$ is nonsingular. (You may use the fact that a nonsingular matrix is invertible.)

## Problem 559

For each of the following matrix $A$, prove that $\mathbf{x}^{\trans}A\mathbf{x} \geq 0$ for all vectors $\mathbf{x}$ in $\R^2$. Also, determine those vectors $\mathbf{x}\in \R^2$ such that $\mathbf{x}^{\trans}A\mathbf{x}=0$.

(a) $A=\begin{bmatrix} 4 & 2\\ 2& 1 \end{bmatrix}$.

(b) $A=\begin{bmatrix} 2 & 1\\ 1& 3 \end{bmatrix}$.

## Problem 492

Let
$D=\begin{bmatrix} d_1 & 0 & \dots & 0 \\ 0 &d_2 & \dots & 0 \\ \vdots & & \ddots & \vdots \\ 0 & 0 & \dots & d_n \end{bmatrix}$ be a diagonal matrix with distinct diagonal entries: $d_i\neq d_j$ if $i\neq j$.
Let $A=(a_{ij})$ be an $n\times n$ matrix such that $A$ commutes with $D$, that is,
$AD=DA.$ Then prove that $A$ is a diagonal matrix.

## Problem 287

Let $V$ be the vector space of all $3\times 3$ real matrices.
Let $A$ be the matrix given below and we define
$W=\{M\in V \mid AM=MA\}.$ That is, $W$ consists of matrices that commute with $A$.
Then $W$ is a subspace of $V$.

Determine which matrices are in the subspace $W$ and find the dimension of $W$.

(a) $A=\begin{bmatrix} a & 0 & 0 \\ 0 &b &0 \\ 0 & 0 & c \end{bmatrix},$ where $a, b, c$ are distinct real numbers.

(b) $A=\begin{bmatrix} a & 0 & 0 \\ 0 &a &0 \\ 0 & 0 & b \end{bmatrix},$ where $a, b$ are distinct real numbers.

## Problem 273

(a) The given matrix is the augmented matrix for a system of linear equations.
Give the vector form for the general solution.
$\left[\begin{array}{rrrrr|r} 1 & 0 & -1 & 0 &-2 & 0 \\ 0 & 1 & 2 & 0 & -1 & 0 \\ 0 & 0 & 0 & 1 & 1 & 0 \\ \end{array} \right].$

(b) Let
$A=\begin{bmatrix} 1 & 2 & 3 \\ 4 &5 &6 \end{bmatrix}, B=\begin{bmatrix} 1 & 0 & 1 \\ 0 &1 &0 \end{bmatrix}, C=\begin{bmatrix} 1 & 2\\ 0& 6 \end{bmatrix}, \mathbf{v}=\begin{bmatrix} 0 \\ 1 \\ 0 \end{bmatrix}.$ Then compute and simplify the following expression.
$\mathbf{v}^{\trans}\left( A^{\trans}-(A-B)^{\trans}\right)C.$

## Problem 272

Let
$A=\begin{bmatrix} 1 & 3\\ 2& 4 \end{bmatrix}.$ Then

(a) Find all matrices
$B=\begin{bmatrix} x & y\\ z& w \end{bmatrix}$ such that $AB=BA$.

(b) Use the results of part (a) to exhibit $2\times 2$ matrices $B$ and $C$ such that
$AB=BA \text{ and } AC \neq CA.$

## Problem 271

Let $A$ be an $n\times n$ singular matrix.
Then prove that there exists a nonzero $n\times n$ matrix $B$ such that
$AB=O,$ where $O$ is the $n\times n$ zero matrix.

## Problem 263

Let $A$ and $B$ are matrices such that the matrix product $AB$ is defined and $AB$ is a square matrix.
Is it true that the matrix product $BA$ is also defined and $BA$ is a square matrix? If it is true, then prove it. If not, find a counterexample.

## Problem 155

Let $A$ be an $m \times n$ matrix.
Let $\calN(A)$ be the null space of $A$. Suppose that $\mathbf{u} \in \calN(A)$ and $\mathbf{v} \in \calN(A)$.
Let $\mathbf{w}=3\mathbf{u}-5\mathbf{v}$.

Then find $A\mathbf{w}$.

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## Problem 111

Let $A$ and $B$ be $n \times n$ real symmetric matrices. Prove the followings.

(a) The product $AB$ is symmetric if and only if $AB=BA$.

(b) If the product $AB$ is a diagonal matrix, then $AB=BA$.

## Problem 104

Test your understanding of basic properties of matrix operations.

There are 10 True or False Quiz Problems.

These 10 problems are very common and essential.
So make sure to understand these and don’t lose a point if any of these is your exam problems.
(These are actual exam problems at the Ohio State University.)

You can take the quiz as many times as you like.

The solutions will be given after completing all the 10 problems.
Click the View question button to see the solutions.

## Problem 98

Let $A$ and $B$ be $n\times n$ matrices. Suppose that the matrix product $AB=O$, where $O$ is the $n\times n$ zero matrix.

Is it true that the matrix product with opposite order $BA$ is also the zero matrix?
If so, give a proof. If not, give a counterexample.