# Help with matrix proof

the matrices A and B are
invertible symmetric matrices and AB = BA.
Show that A*B^-1 is symmetric

(A*B^-1)^T
=A^T * (B^-1)^T
=A^T * (B^T)^-1

Since A and B are symmetric
=A*B^-1

Is this right? Is (B^-1)^T = (B^T)^-1?

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HallsofIvy
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the matrices A and B are
invertible symmetric matrices and AB = BA.
Show that A*B^-1 is symmetric

(A*B^-1)^T
=A^T * (B^-1)^T
=A^T * (B^T)^-1

Since A and B are symmetric
=A*B^-1

Is this right? Is (B^-1)^T = (B^T)^-1?
Yes, that is true, but "(A*B^-1)^T= A^T*(B^-1)^T" isn't.
Rather, (A*B^{-1})^T= (B^{-1})^T*B^T.

Yes, that is true, but "(A*B^-1)^T= A^T*(B^-1)^T" isn't.
Rather, (A*B^{-1})^T= (B^{-1})^T*B^T.
Oh I memorized the identity wrong. (AB^T)=B^t*A^T

The solution in the book first proves
IF AB=BA, then B^-1 * A *B=A, so B^-1*A=AB^-1

For the last type, the "B^-1*A=AB^-1", part how did they go from B^-1 * A *B=A to
B^-1*A=AB^-1.

Did they divide both sides by B?

Dick
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The solution in the book first proves
IF AB=BA, then B^-1 * A *B=A, so B^-1*A=AB^-1

For the last type, the "B^-1*A=AB^-1", part how did they go from B^-1 * A *B=A to
B^-1*A=AB^-1.

Did they divide both sides by B?
They multiplied both sides on the right by B^(-1). Talking about 'dividing' matrices by B is ambiguous. You can 'divide' on the left or the right.