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  • Calculate $A^{10}$ for a Given Matrix $A$Calculate $A^{10}$ for a Given Matrix $A$ Find $A^{10}$, where $A=\begin{bmatrix} 4 & 3 & 0 & 0 \\ 3 &-4 & 0 & 0 \\ 0 & 0 & 1 & 1 \\ 0 & 0 & 1 & 1 \end{bmatrix}$. (Harvard University Exam) Solution. Let $B=\begin{bmatrix} 4 & 3\\ 3& -4 \end{bmatrix}$ […]
  • Quiz 13 (Part 2) Find Eigenvalues and Eigenvectors of a Special MatrixQuiz 13 (Part 2) Find Eigenvalues and Eigenvectors of a Special Matrix Find all eigenvalues of the matrix \[A=\begin{bmatrix} 0 & i & i & i \\ i &0 & i & i \\ i & i & 0 & i \\ i & i & i & 0 \end{bmatrix},\] where $i=\sqrt{-1}$. For each eigenvalue of $A$, determine its algebraic multiplicity and geometric […]
  • No Finite Abelian Group is DivisibleNo Finite Abelian Group is Divisible A nontrivial abelian group $A$ is called divisible if for each element $a\in A$ and each nonzero integer $k$, there is an element $x \in A$ such that $x^k=a$. (Here the group operation of $A$ is written multiplicatively. In additive notation, the equation is written as $kx=a$.) That […]
  • Prove the Ring Isomorphism $R[x,y]/(x) \cong R[y]$Prove the Ring Isomorphism $R[x,y]/(x) \cong R[y]$ Let $R$ be a commutative ring. Consider the polynomial ring $R[x,y]$ in two variables $x, y$. Let $(x)$ be the principal ideal of $R[x,y]$ generated by $x$. Prove that $R[x, y]/(x)$ is isomorphic to $R[y]$ as a ring.   Proof. Define the map $\psi: R[x,y] \to […]
  • A Linear Transformation $T: U\to V$ cannot be Injective if $\dim(U) > \dim(V)$A Linear Transformation $T: U\to V$ cannot be Injective if $\dim(U) > \dim(V)$ Let $U$ and $V$ be finite dimensional vector spaces over a scalar field $\F$. Consider a linear transformation $T:U\to V$. Prove that if $\dim(U) > \dim(V)$, then $T$ cannot be injective (one-to-one).   Hints. You may use the folowing facts. A linear […]
  • An Example of a Real Matrix that Does Not Have Real EigenvaluesAn Example of a Real Matrix that Does Not Have Real Eigenvalues Let \[A=\begin{bmatrix} a & b\\ -b& a \end{bmatrix}\] be a $2\times 2$ matrix, where $a, b$ are real numbers. Suppose that $b\neq 0$. Prove that the matrix $A$ does not have real eigenvalues.   Proof. Let $\lambda$ be an arbitrary eigenvalue of […]
  • Find Values of $a$ so that Augmented Matrix Represents a Consistent SystemFind Values of $a$ so that Augmented Matrix Represents a Consistent System Suppose that the following matrix $A$ is the augmented matrix for a system of linear equations. \[A= \left[\begin{array}{rrr|r} 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 \\ 2 &-1 & -2 & a^2 \\ -1 & -7 & -11 & a \end{array} \right],\] where $a$ is a real number. Determine all the […]
  • Quiz 2. The Vector Form For the General Solution / Transpose Matrices. Math 2568 Spring 2017.Quiz 2. The Vector Form For the General Solution / Transpose Matrices. Math 2568 Spring 2017. (a) The given matrix is the augmented matrix for a system of linear equations. Give the vector form for the general solution. \[ \left[\begin{array}{rrrrr|r} 1 & 0 & -1 & 0 &-2 & 0 \\ 0 & 1 & 2 & 0 & -1 & 0 \\ 0 & 0 & 0 & 1 & 1 & 0 \\ \end{array} \right].\] […]

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