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Skew symmetric matrix

by Gavroy
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Gavroy
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May11-13, 02:26 PM
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I am asking for some hints to solve this excercise. Given an invertible skew symmetric matrix $A$, then show that there are invertible matrices $ R, R^T$ such that $R^T A R = \begin{pmatrix} 0 & Id \\ -Id & 0 \end{pmatrix}$, meaning that this is a block matrix that has the identity matrix in two of the four blocks and the lower one with a negative sign.

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May12-13, 04:46 PM
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anyone have a simple method for this?


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