(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); 1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

a) find all the 2x2 matrices where AA=A.

b) prove that if

[tex]

I + a_{1}A + a_{2}A^2 + ... + a_{k}A^k = 0

[/tex]

then A is invertable

2. Relevant equations

1)det(A) = 0 iff A isn't invertable

3. The attempt at a solution

a) I'm not sure how to approch this. I found that if A is invertable then the only solution is A=I but how do i cover the other cases?

b) by rearanging:

[tex]

A(a_{1}I + a_{2}A^1 + ... + a_{k}A^{k-1}) = -I

[/tex]

and if i take the determinant on each side i see that |A| <> 0 so it's invertable. Is that correct?

Thanks.

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