
Cauchy Schwarz question
I have no idea to start. I'm struggling so much in this class. Can someone help me out?
(a) Given that x² + y² + z² = 1, use the cauchyschwarz inequality to find the largest possible value of the expression 2x + 3y + 6z
(b) Let A be a diagonalizable matrix, all of whose eigenvalues are either 0 or 1. Show that A² = A
thanks in advance!

Suggestion
If A = (2,3,6) and B = (x,y,z), then
$\displaystyle \vec A \cdot \vec B = 2x + 3y + 6z
$
is the expression you want to maximize.
Cauchy Schwarz says
$\displaystyle (\vec A \cdot \vec B)^2 <= (\vec A \cdot \vec A) (\vec B \cdot \vec B)
$
$\displaystyle B^2 = x^2 + y^2 + z^2 = 1
$
$\displaystyle A^2 = 2^2 + 3^2 + 6^2 = 49
$
so
$\displaystyle (\vec A \cdot \vec B)^2 <= 49
$
or
$\displaystyle (\vec A \cdot \vec B) <= 7
$
For the 2nd, try
$\displaystyle A = S^{1} D S
$
$\displaystyle A^2 = S^{1} D S S^{1} D S = S^{1} D^2 S = S^{1} D S = A
$
since D has only diagonal elements 0 or 1.

(b)Since A is a diagonalizable matrix, there exist invertable matrix B and diagonal matrix D( whose diagonal elements are 0 or 1), such that
$\displaystyle BAB^{1}=D$.
since $\displaystyle D^2=D$, that is,
$\displaystyle BA^2B^{1}=BAB^{1}$
combined with B is invertable, gives the result.