Characteristic polynomial

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And again a question:

L is a field for which [tex] a \in L [/tex]. The matrix

[tex]
A = \frac{1}{2}\left( {\begin{array}{*{20}c}
1 & 1 & 1 & 1 \\
1 & a & { - 1} & { - a} \\
1 & { - 1} & 1 & { - 1} \\
1 & { - a} & { - 1} & a \\
\end{array}} \right)
[/tex]

has the characteristic polynomial

[tex]
x^4 - \left( {a + 1} \right)x^3 + \left( {a - 1} \right)x^2 + \left( {a + 1} \right)x - a
[/tex]

I need to show that this information is correct for a=1 in any field.

My problem is that when i calculate the polynomial for a=-1 I end up with another characteristic polynomial than the one given. Maybe i'm going about it the wrong way. Suggestions or pointers are very welcome
 

Hurkyl

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I don't understand the question...

And if you want to show something is correct for a=1, then why are you looking at a=-1?
 

mathwonk

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i conjecture he meant the characteristic polynomial is accurate for a any element of any field, and yet it failed for a = -1.
 
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Oops, should have stated:

Show that this is correct for a=-1 in any field.
 

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