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    Theoretical (Similar Matrix)

    Show that:
    A) A is similar to A.
    B) If B is similar to A, then A is similar to B.
    C) If A is similar to B and B is similar to C, then A is similar to C.

    I dont know how to do the theoretical problems in my book. I know that similar means:

    A matrix B is said to be similar to a matrix A if there is a nonsingular matrix P such that
    B = P^-1 A P
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    Quote Originally Posted by PensFan10 View Post
    Show that:
    A) A is similar to A.
    B) If B is similar to A, then A is similar to B.
    C) If A is similar to B and B is similar to C, then A is similar to C.

    I dont know how to do the theoretical problems in my book. I know that similar means:

    A matrix B is said to be similar to a matrix A if there is a nonsingular matrix P such that
    B = P^-1 A P

    A is similar to matrix say B iff there exist an invertible matrix p such that

    P^{-1} A P = B

    so since the inverse for the identity is the identity so

    I^{-1} A I = A this is true we find the matrix p

    ok second one
    B is similar to A so there exist p such that

    P^{-1} B P = A

    P\cdot P^{-1} B P = P A

    B P\cdot P^{-1} = P A \cdot P^{-1}

    B=P A P^{-1}

    let P^{-1} = S

    B = S^{-1} A S we find the matrix so A is similar to B try in the last one
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    So for the last one:

    B = R^-1 C R A = P^-1 B P

    wth substitution I get
    A = P^-1(R^-1 C R) P

    not sure where to go from here. I dont know how to simplify this to get that A is similar to C
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    Quote Originally Posted by PensFan10 View Post
    So for the last one:

    B = R^-1 C R A = P^-1 B P

    wth substitution I get
    A = P^-1(R^-1 C R) P

    not sure where to go from here. I dont know how to simplify this to get that A is similar to C
    in general
    the inverse for the matrix

    AB

    is B^{-1}A^{-1}

    since

    AB \cdot B^{-1}A^{-1} = I

    so in your question let

    RP = S

    S^{-1}=
    did you get it
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    yes. thank you very much. now if i can figure out linear transformatiions i will be golden.
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