Zero Matrix Nilpotency: Defined & Explained

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In summary, a zero matrix can be considered as nilpotent with an index of nilpotency being 1. Although the definition of a nilpotent matrix does not explicitly state that it cannot be zero, using the zero matrix would be considered a trivial case. Another way to characterize a nilpotent matrix is that all of its eigenvalues are 0, which is true for the zero matrix. Therefore, the zero matrix can be considered nilpotent.
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Can a zero matrix be considered as nilpotent matrix?
Zero matrix raised to any positive power is zero matrix, so can it be considered nilpotent (with index of nilpotency being 1)? I have read the definition of the nilpotent matrix and it doesn't that say that a matrix has to different from 0, but I'm still confused...
 
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sure, you can say that the zero matrix is nilpotent, but that would be considered the trivial case. i.e., if you are asked to find a nilpotent matrix satisfying some properties, using the zero matrix will probably not get you credit for solving the question.
 
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Why are you confused? Another characterization of "nilpotent" is that a matrix is nilpotent if and only if its eigenvalues are all 0. That is certainly true of the 0 matrix. The 0 matrix is definitely nilpotent.
 
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Thank you!
 

Related to Zero Matrix Nilpotency: Defined & Explained

1. What is a zero matrix?

A zero matrix is a matrix in which all of its elements are equal to zero. It is represented by the symbol 0 and can have any number of rows and columns.

2. What does it mean for a matrix to be nilpotent?

A matrix is considered nilpotent if it can be raised to a certain power and result in a zero matrix. This power is known as the nilpotent index.

3. How is nilpotency related to zero matrices?

A zero matrix is considered nilpotent because it can be raised to any power and still result in a zero matrix. In other words, the nilpotent index of a zero matrix is infinity.

4. What are the properties of a nilpotent matrix?

Some properties of a nilpotent matrix include having a determinant of zero, having only zero eigenvalues, and being singular. It also follows the commutative property, meaning that AB = BA, where A and B are nilpotent matrices.

5. How is nilpotency used in mathematics and science?

Nilpotent matrices are commonly used in linear algebra, differential equations, and other areas of mathematics and science. They can be used to represent transformations, solve equations, and analyze systems of equations.

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