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    Isomorphich question

    this is a two part question...

    1) i need to prove that the set F of all the 2x2 real matrices of the form

    A = \begin{bmatrix}<br />
a & b\\ <br />
-b & a<br />
\end{bmatrix}

    is a field with operations matrix addition and matrix multiplication.


    2) Prove that F is isomorphic to \mathbb{C}

    I was gonna define

    \varphi : F \to \mathbb{C} by \varphi (A)=a+ib...

    i think this is obvious but not sure where to go here.. because if we are talking about real matrices, then how can it be isomorphic to a complex numbers?
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    The link Representing complex numbers as 2&#215;2 matrices Rod Carvalho&#039;s web notebook might help with part two, but for part one I'm not sure . . .
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