# Help with inverse matrix's

• ChiralSuperfields
In summary: Is my checking correct ##A \cdot A^{-1} \cdot B \cdot B^{-1} = I_A \cdot I_B = I##?Many thanks!Yes, but a bit short. The long version is:\begin{align*}(A\cdot B) \cdot (A\cdot B)^{-1}&=(A\cdot B) \cdot (B^{-1}\cdot A^{-1}) \\&= A \cdot (B \cdot (B^{-1}\cdot A^{-1}))\\&= A\

#### ChiralSuperfields

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Dose someone pleas know where they get ##C = CI## from?

Also,

What dose it mean when A and B commute?

Many thanks!

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ChiralSuperfields said:

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Dose someone pleas know where they get ##C = CI## from?

Also,
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What dose it mean when A and B commute?

Many thanks!
Commuting matrices means that ##A\cdot B = B\cdot A.## Most matrices do not commute. That means
$$(A\cdot B)^{-1} =B^{-1} \cdot A^{-1} \neq A^{-1}\cdot B^{-1} = (B\cdot A)^{-1}$$

Inversion and transposition, too, change the order. You can see this by checking ##(A\cdot B)\cdot (A\cdot B)^{-1} =I.##

ChiralSuperfields
fresh_42 said:
Commuting matrices means that ##A\cdot B = B\cdot A.## Most matrices do not commute. That means
$$(A\cdot B)^{-1} =B^{-1} \cdot A^{-1} \neq A^{-1}\cdot B^{-1} = (B\cdot A)^{-1}$$

Inversion and transposition, too, change the order. You can see this by checking ##(A\cdot B)\cdot (A\cdot B)^{-1} =I.##

Is my checking correct ##A \cdot A^{-1} \cdot B \cdot B^{-1} = I_A \cdot I_B = I##?

Many thanks!

ChiralSuperfields said:

Is my checking correct ##A \cdot A^{-1} \cdot B \cdot B^{-1} = I_A \cdot I_B = I##?

Many thanks!
Yes, but a bit short. The long version is:

\begin{align*}
(A\cdot B) \cdot (A\cdot B)^{-1}&=(A\cdot B) \cdot (B^{-1}\cdot A^{-1}) \\
&= A \cdot (B \cdot (B^{-1}\cdot A^{-1}))\\
&= A\cdot (( B\cdot B^{-1})\cdot A^{-1})\\
&= A\cdot (I\cdot A^{-1})\\
&= A \cdot A^{-1} \\
&= I
\end{align*}
This proves by using the associative law of multiplication that ##B^{-1}\cdot A^{-1}## is a inverse of ##(AB)^{-1}.##

I leave it to you to show that there cannot be more than one inverse, making ##B^{-1}\cdot A^{-1}## the inverse of ##(AB)^{-1}.## Same with the identity matrix. There can only be one so we do not need to distinguish between ##I_A## and ##I_B## or between left-identity ##I_L\cdot A=A## and right-identity ##A\cdot I_R=A.## Both are the same. This can also be proven.

These proofs are a bit like a puzzle playing around with the associative, possibly distributive law. A nice Sunday afternoon exercise. The trick is to proceed step by step and only use these laws plus the definitions, e.g. that ##I_L\cdot A=A## and ##A\cdot I_R=A.## Show that ##I_L=I_R\,!##

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