# Group theory? This solution doesn't make sense...

1. Jul 22, 2015

### applestrudle

Case 2:
I get that D = c I means A must also be proportional to I but how does that mean B must be diagonal?

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2. Jul 22, 2015

### DEvens

It does not show that B is diagonalizable. B is presumed to be such. The point is that there is a transform that makes B diagonal and also makes A diagonal IFF A and B commute. The particular case of A proportional to the identity matrix means that A is always diagonal. Because every similarity transform on the identity matrix simply gives back the identity matrix. So, in this case, any similarity transform that makes B diagonal will leave A unchanged and still diagonal.

3. Jul 25, 2015

THANKS! :D