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Review of Matrix Theroy

1. Computational problems:

 1. Gaussian elimination : Determine the values of b and c for which the following
system will have i. no solution, ii. infinitely many solutions and iii. an unique solution.
 2. Determine if a given subset S of a vectorspace V form a subspace of V. If so, find a basis for S. If
not, find the subspace spanned by S.
 3. Find the matrix of a given linear transformation with respect to your chosen bases.
 4. Find the matrix of a given linear transformation L : V -> W with respect to a given basis B of V and C of W.
 5. Given a matrix A, compute the rank of A, a basis for the row space of A, and a basis for the column space of A.
 6. Find the transition matrix ( change of basis matrix) from a one basis for V to another.
 7. Determine if a given set of vectors is linearly independent.
 8. Determine if a given set is an orthonormal basis.
 9. Find the characteristic polynomial and eigen values of a matrix.
 10. Determine if a given λ is an eigen value of a given matrix.

 11. Find one eigen vector and a basis for the eigen space of a matrix A corresponding to a given eigen value.
 12. Given the eigen values or the characteristic polynomial of A, write all possiblities for the Jordan normal form of A.
 13. Compute a basis for the kernel and the image of a linear transformation.
 14. Determine if a given square matrix is diagonalizable over R = real numbers
 15. Compute an othonormal basis that diagonalizes a given linear transformation.
 16. Use Gram-Schmidt process to convert a given basis into an orthonormal basis.
 17. Cramer’s Rule: Use Cramer’s rule to solve the given system of linear equations.
 18. Find a basis for the orthogonal complement of a given subspace in Rn.
 19. Find all possible n × n matrices that commute with a given n × n matrix. Find a basis and the
 dimension of this subspace of Rn × n.
 20. Find the least squares solution of the given system.

2. Give Examples of:

1. A basis for P6
2. A subspace of R7 of dimension 5.
3. An inconsistant system of linear equations in 4 variables .
5. A linear transformation from R5 to R2x3.
6. Two matrices with x^2 + 6x + 5 as the characteristic polynomial.
7. Two 3 x3 matrices with 5 as the only eigen value.
8. A vector space of dimension 3.
9. A non invertible square matrix.
10. A 4 x 5 matrix whose column space has dimension 3.
11. A subspace of P3 of dimension 2 and containing the vector X^2 − 1.
12. A 3 × 3 matrix that is not diagonalizable.
13. A 4 × 4 matrix that is not diagonal but is diagonalizable.
14. A 2 × 2 matrix that is diagonalizable over the complex numbers but not over the real numbers .
15. Two different inner products for P4.

3. Some short questions and theorems.

1. Prove that any set of mutually orthogonal non zero vectors is linearly independent.
2. Prove that similar matrices have the same characteristic polynomial. Give examples to show the
converse is not true, that is, two matrices with the same characteristic polynomial need not be similar.
3. Prove that a matrix A is invertible if and only if zero is not an eigen value of A.
4. V is a subspace of R7. W1 and and W2 are subspaces of V .
W1 is orthogonal to W2. dim W1 = 3 and dim W2 = 3.
What is ( are) the possible dimension(s) for V ? Why?
5. Let v1, v2, · · · , vn be linearly independent vectors in a vector space V. Show that v2, · · · , vn cannot
span V.
6. Suppose that λ is an eigen value of A. Show that λ is also an eigen value of At.
7. Show that if V and W are two vector spaces of the same dimension, then they are isomorphic to each
other. Give an example of two distinct vector spaces of dimension 4 and exhibit an isomorphism between

8. Prove that if A is orthogonally diagonalizable then A must be symmetric.
10. A linear transformation L : V -> W is determined by its values on a basis of V . That is, If
B = {v1, v2, · · · , vn} is a basis for V , and w1,w2, · · ·wn are n vectors in W, then there exists a unique linear
transformation L : V -> W such that L(vi) = wi, 1≤i≤n.
11. Write down six statements for a matrix A that are equivalent to ” A is invertible”.
12. A is a 3 × 3 matrix. It is diagonalizable. It has only one eigen value, namely 2. Can you say what
A is? why?
13. Show that any 2 × 2 skew symmetric matrix is diagonalizable over Complex numbers, but not over
real numbers unless it is the zero matrix.
14. Is it true that all inner product spaces over real numbers are isomorphic to Rn with dot product?

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