Nonsingular math help

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If A is nonsingular, then A can be factored into a product of elementary matrices.
True or False but justify the reason.


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The issue here is that in class we came to the conclusion false but the book says true. Can someone help me with the correct answer and reasoning? Thanks.
 
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What was the reasoning your class used to conclude the statement was false?
 
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Because the multiplication of two elementary matrices equals the prodct of two elementary martices and the product may not be one step away from I.
 
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I don't follow how that leads to the conclusion that a non-singular matrix can't be written as a product of elementary matrices.

I think perhaps you're misinterpreting the statement. It's not saying that A=T1T2, where it's the product of only two elementary matrices. It will generally be the product of more than two elementary matrices.
 

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