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Homework Help: Linear Algebra Exam review

  1. Mar 13, 2012 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    1. True or False: If the rank of a 9x10 matrix A is 5, then the kernel of A is 4-dimensional

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution
    1. I was explained that it is true because the rank and nullity of A must be 10, but I don't understand why. I understand the dimension theorem that states the sum of the nullity and rank of a transformation must equal the dimension of the domain but how is the matrix represented as a linear transformation. and what would be the domain of this transformation. I was thinking if its a 9x10 matrix T: R^10 to R^9 could a transformation and the matrix representation of T could be A. Then R^10 would be the domain and so the dimension is 10. That is why the nullity must be 5 and not 4. If I am wrong or if there is another way of approaching this problem give me your input.

    Also the way i solved the problem i calculated the nullity and rank of T rather then the matrix representation of T which is = A. Is doing it as I did the same, because I feel like im looking not at the rank and nullity of A.
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  3. Mar 13, 2012 #2
    I think what you did was right, no need to worry about the difference between A and T, they are essentially identical
    Last edited: Mar 13, 2012
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