1. ## finding matrix A

Let $\displaystyle A \in M_{2}(\mathbb(R))$.
If $\displaystyle AB=BA$ for all $\displaystyle B \in M_{2} (\mathbb(R))$,
show that $\displaystyle A=\alpha I_{2}$ for any $\displaystyle \alpha \in \mathbb(R)$.

2. Originally Posted by deniselim17
Let $\displaystyle A \in M_{2}(\mathbb(R))$.
If $\displaystyle AB=BA$ for all $\displaystyle B \in M_{2} (\mathbb(R))$,
show that $\displaystyle A=\alpha I_{2}$ for any $\displaystyle \alpha \in \mathbb(R)$.
One way is to write $\displaystyle A=\left[\begin{matrix}a&b\\c&d\end{matrix}\right]$ then select $\displaystyle B=\left[\begin{matrix}1&1\\1&1\end{matrix}\right]$ which gives you a=d and b=c, then select $\displaystyle B=\left[\begin{matrix}1&0\\0&0\end{matrix}\right]$ which gives you c=b=0. (Find AB and BA and set corresponding cells equal.)

3. Originally Posted by undefined
One way is to write $\displaystyle A=\left[\begin{matrix}a&b\\c&d\end{matrix}\right]$ then select $\displaystyle B=\left[\begin{matrix}1&1\\1&1\end{matrix}\right]$ which gives you a=d and b=c, then select $\displaystyle B=\left[\begin{matrix}1&0\\0&0\end{matrix}\right]$ which gives you c=b=0. (Find AB and BA and set corresponding cells equal.)
Since the question asked "for all B", I let $\displaystyle B=\left [\begin{matrix} w & x \\ y & z \end{matrix} \right]$.
But I can't continue.

4. Originally Posted by deniselim17
Since the question asked "for all B", I let $\displaystyle B=\left [\begin{matrix} w & x \\ y & z \end{matrix} \right]$.
But I can't continue.
If it's true for all B, it's certainly true for the particular B's I mentioned in my first post. Your approach might work but it seems a bit of a mess. Note that you're only asked to prove implication in one direction. Also note that the problem statement is a little imprecise in language, I would write "for some alpha" rather than "for any alpha". (Clearly it's an existential rather than universal statement, because the universal statement makes no sense.)

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