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Jun21-07, 05:52 AM
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1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
Prove or disprove the following statement:
If A is a singular matrix (detA=0) the it's similar to a matrix with a row of zeros.

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3. The attempt at a solution
I know that A has an e-value 0 which means that it's similar to a matrix that has a column of zeros but how do I relate that to the rows?
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Jun21-07, 06:28 AM
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ok, note that det (M) = product of eigenvalues of M
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Jun21-07, 07:02 AM
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Since det(A)=0, there is a row relation.

Or, consider what you do know. A^t has det 0, so there is an M with


a matrix with a column of zeroes.

Now how do we get A back out again?

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