# Homework Help: Prove that a linear operator is indecomposable

1. Dec 2, 2013

### toni07

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

Let V be a fi nite-dimensional vector space over F, and let T : V -> V be a linear operator. Prove that T is indecomposable if and only if there is a unique maximal T-invariant proper subspace of V.

2. Relevant equations

3. The attempt at a solution
I tried using the definition of decomposable with respect to matrices, but I can't manipulate it to answer this question.
1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

2. Relevant equations

3. The attempt at a solution

2. Dec 2, 2013

### R136a1

Start by providing us the definition of "indecomposable operator" and "T-maximal".

3. Dec 2, 2013

### toni07

A n×n matrix A is decomposable if there exists a nonempty proper subset I⊆{1,2,...,n} such that aij=0 whenever i∈I and j∉I.

I only know the definition of maximal vector which is: A vector z such that the minimal polynomial of the operator T with respect to z = the minimal polynomial of the operator T, is called a maximal vector.

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