# Homework Help: Matrix and inverse matrix question?

1. Feb 7, 2013

### nishantve1

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
how do I solve this question
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just so the equation is not clear it says A2 = λA - 2I

The inverse should be found through the equation in the question and not through the adjoint method

2. Relevant equations

3. The attempt at a solution

The equation says
A2 = λA - 2I
So, I mulitplied by A-1
This gives
A2 A-1 = λA A-1 - 2IA-1
{A-1 . A = I}

now the equation becomes
A = λI - 2A-1

I am stuck here since I cannot simply find A-1 by the adjoint method this equation has two unknowns A-1 and λ . Or maybe I am misinterpreting the question IDK

2. Feb 7, 2013

### micromass

But $\lambda$ is not an unkown.

You are given a very specific matrix A. From your specific matrix A, and from your equation $A^2= \lambda A- 2I$, you can deduce what $\lambda$ is.

3. Feb 7, 2013

### nishantve1

How did I miss that . Thanks

4. Feb 7, 2013

### HallsofIvy

I see no point in looking for specific values of $\lambda$. To find the multiplicative inverse of A:
1) algebraically manipulate the equation, $A^2= \lambda A- 2I$, to get "I" alone on the right.
2) factor out an "A".