I've spent 6 hours, still can't get it.

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In summary, there could be various reasons for being unable to solve a problem after 6 hours, such as a lack of understanding, incorrect approach, or missing information. It is important to carefully assess the situation and try different strategies, such as breaking down the problem, seeking help, and staying organized. Resources such as textbooks, online tutorials, and mentors can also be helpful. When struggling, it is important to stay motivated and persevere, even if it means taking breaks or seeking support. If the problem still cannot be solved after 6 hours, it may be helpful to reassess the approach and seek further assistance.
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B is a n*n matrix

1. Let B^2 =B. Prove that either det(B) =1 or B is singular.
2. If Transpose(B) = B^-1 , what is det(B)?
 
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If b^2=b, then det(b^2)=det(b)^2=det(b), which has two solutions for det(b). For the second part, since a singular matrix doesn't have an inverse, you are forced into the only allowed non-zero determinant.
 
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I understand that you have spent 6 hours trying to solve this problem, and it can be frustrating when things don't come easily. Don't worry, sometimes it takes time and effort to fully understand and solve a problem. Keep persevering and don't give up.

1. To prove that either det(B) = 1 or B is singular, we can use the fact that if B^2 = B, then B is an idempotent matrix. This means that B^2 - B = 0. We can then use the determinant property that det(AB) = det(A)det(B) to get det(B^2 - B) = det(0), which equals 0. Therefore, det(B^2 - B) = 0 and we can factor out det(B) to get det(B)(det(B) - 1) = 0. This means that either det(B) = 0 or det(B) = 1. If det(B) = 0, then B is singular. If det(B) = 1, then we have proven the statement.

2. If transpose(B) = B^-1, then B is an orthogonal matrix. This means that B^T = B^-1 and det(B^T) = det(B^-1) = 1/det(B). From this, we can see that det(B) = 1 or -1. However, since B is an orthogonal matrix, it must have real eigenvalues. This means that det(B) cannot equal -1, so we are left with det(B) = 1.
 

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