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    Orthogonal

    If A and B are both orthogonal nxn matrices.

    Can anyone show That AB is orthogonal...

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    Orthogonal problem

    If A and B are both orthogonal nxn matrices.

    Can anyone show That AB is orthogonal...iv been stuck on this question for a while now

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    Quote Originally Posted by dopi
    If A and B are both orthogonal nxn matrices.

    Can anyone show That AB is orthogonal...iv been stuck on this question for a while now

    Thanks
    An n\times n A is orthogonal iff

    AA^T=I

    Now suppose A and B be orthogonal, and let
    C=AB. Now C^T=B^TA^T, so:

    <br />
CC^T=ABB^TA^T=AIA^T=AA^T=I<br />

    Hence C is orthogonal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainBlack
    An n\times n A is orthogonal iff

    AA^T=I

    Now suppose A and B be orthogonal, and let
    C=AB. Now C^T=B^TA^T, so:

    <br />
CC^T=ABB^TA^T=AIA^T=AA^T=I<br />

    Hence C is orthogonal.

    RonL

    Say if you add A and B (A+B)...would that be Orthognal?
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    Quote Originally Posted by dopi
    Say if you add A and B (A+B)...would that be Orthognal?
    Not generally

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    From the definition, we have for A and B:

    <br />
\begin{array}{l}<br />
 AA^{ - 1}  = A^{ - 1} A = I \\ <br />
 BB^{ - 1}  = B^{ - 1} B = I \\ <br />
 \end{array}<br />

    <br />
\left( {AB} \right)\left( {AB} \right)^{ - 1}  = ABB^{ - 1} A^{ - 1}  = AIA^{ - 1}  = AA^{ - 1}  = I<br />
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    Don't make duplicate posts

    Don't post the same question in two different fora.

    I have merged these two because they both have responses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TD!
    From the definition, we have for A and B:

    <br />
\begin{array}{l}<br />
 AA^{ - 1}  = A^{ - 1} A = I \\ <br />
 BB^{ - 1}  = B^{ - 1} B = I \\ <br />
 \end{array}<br />

    <br />
\left( {AB} \right)\left( {AB} \right)^{ - 1}  = ABB^{ - 1} A^{ - 1}  = AIA^{ - 1}  = AA^{ - 1}  = I<br />
    This is true of any non-singlar square matrices A and B!

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