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## Homework Statement

a)Let A and B be nxn matrices such that AB=0. Prove that rank A + rank B <=n.

b)Prove that if A is a singular nxn matrix, then for every k satifying rank A<=k<=n there exists an nxn matrix B such that AB=0 and rank A + rank B = k.

## Homework Equations

rank A + dim Nul A = n

Not sure if it's even helpful here.

## The Attempt at a Solution

So I am pretty much stuck right now, if someone could point in the right direction, it would be greatly appreciative.

For part (a) I realized that NOT both A and B are invertible, if one of them is invertible, then the other must be the zero matrix so the condition holds. So I was thinking of checking the condition when A and B are not invertible, which doesn't really give me much information to work with.