# One task in linear algebra

isa_vita
A is a square matrix n*n with the following properties: A*A=A and A not equal I (identity matrix).
How to prove the following equation:
(I+A)^-1=I+A/2 ?

## Answers and Replies

Homework Helper
You can't. It's not true:
(I+ A)(I+ A/2)= I+ A+ A/2+ A^2/2= I+ A+ A/2+ A/2= I+ 2A, not I.

If you mean (I+ A)/2,
(I+ A)(I+ A)/2= (I+ A+ A+ A^2)/2= (I+ 3A)/2.

I thought perhaps you had left out a "-" but that doesn't see to work either so I have no idea what you are trying to prove.

isa_vita
I mean with this (I+A)^-1, inverse of the matrix (I + A).
You have understood correctly.
As I tried to solve the problem I came to the same answer.
Perhaps there is a technical error, but I'm not sure.

oli4
Hi isa_vita, maybe this is coming from language issues, or maybe there is an error in the exercise you want to do, could you post the text as it comes ? (translated) ?
you equation does have a solution: A=0 works, but you would say 'solve' instead of 'prove', so maybe you didn't word it correctly (but it sounds fishy, this would be a weird exercise anyway), so, anyway, do you have the full text of the exercise ?
Cheers...

isa_vita
Hi oli4e, my mistake, I mean prove not solve. I gave full text of the exercise(in my translation .
I know for a zero solution, but it isn't the task. I think it is right HallsofIvy. It is a technical error.
Thanks for a help. Cheers...

Homework Helper
I still don't understand what you are asking. Given that $A^2= A$, it does NOT follow that I+ A/2 is the inverse of I+ A.