Homework Help: Continuous functions of nxn invertible matrices

1. Mar 23, 2009

Doom of Doom

Ok, so this was assigned as a bonus problem in my Topology class a while ago. Nobody in the class got it, but I've still been racking my brain on it ever since.
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For some n, consider the set of all nxn nonsingular matrices, and using the usual Euclidean topology on this space, show that:

a) the inverse is a continuous function. f(A) -> A^(-1)

b) matrix multiplication is a continuous function. g(A,B) -> AB

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I've thought quite a bit about this problem, but I really don't know where to go. If I can show that the determinant is continuous, then I think I can do part a, since calculating the inverse is just equivalent to calculating a bunch of determinants (Cramer's rule).

As for part b, I am lost.

2. Mar 23, 2009

HallsofIvy

What IS the "usual Euclidean topology" on the set of n by n nonsingular matrices?

3. Mar 23, 2009

Doom of Doom

Treat the matrices as vectors in $$\mathbb{R}^{n^{2}}$$

So, $$d(A,B)=\left\| A-B \right\| = \sqrt{\sum_{i, j}\left( a_{i, j}-b_{i, j} \right)^{2}}$$