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Unformatted text preview: Math 311, Homework 8 partial answers and solutions 3.5C.1. (a) Any matrix A with entries a ij is a linear combination of the matrices E ij : A = m X i =1 n X j =1 a ij E ij , so these matrices span all of M m,n . Conversely, any linear combination m X i =1 n X j =1 a ij E ij is the matrix with entries a ij . So if this linear combination is the zero matrix, then all its entries, and so all the coefficients in the linear combination, have to be zero. This means that the matrices { E ij } are linearly independent. As a result, they form a basis, and the dimension of the space of m × n matrices is mn . (b) A similar argument shows that a basis for the space of diagonal n × n matrices are the matrices { E ii : i = 1 , 2 , . . . , n } . As a result, this space has dimension n . 3.5C.3. Suppose a 1 x 1 + a 2 x 2 + . . . + a k x k = . Then using the linearity of the function f , a 1 f ( x 1 ) + a 2 f ( x 2 ) + . . . + a k f ( x k ) = f ( a 1 x 1 + a 2 x 2 + . . . + a k x k ) = f ( ) = ....
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This note was uploaded on 04/29/2008 for the course MATH 311 taught by Professor Anshelvich during the Spring '08 term at Texas A&M.
 Spring '08
 Anshelvich
 Math, Matrices

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