Let M_2x2 denote the space of 2x2 matrices with real coeffcients. Show that(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

(a1 b1) . (a2 b2)

(c1 d1) (c2 d2)

= a1a2 + 2b1b2 + c1c2 + 2d1d2

defines an inner product on M_2x2. Find an orthogonal basis of the subspace

S = (a b) such that a + 3b - c = 0

(c d)

of M_2x2 defined by with respect to this inner product.

I know how to find the orthogonal basis, so I don't think I need any help with that, I'm only having trouble with the first part--showing that the two matrices define inner product. I have no idea where the 2's in 2b1b2 and 2d1d2 are coming from. I thought that it should be just a1a2 + b1b2 + c1c2 + d1d2, without the 2's.

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# Homework Help: Linear Algebra, Inner Product of Matrices

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