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**Johnaloa** Ok, I've got 3 questions.

1) Given C and D are square matrices of order n, and inverse of C ($\displaystyle C^{-1}$) exists, expand and simplify $\displaystyle (C^{-1} + CD)^2 $ as much as possible.

My answer turns out to be

$\displaystyle (C^{-1})^2 + D + CDC^{-1} + C^{2}D^{2} $

Is this the most you can simplify it? And is the way I stated $\displaystyle (C^{-1})^2$ alright? Or should I do it like $\displaystyle C^{-1}C^{-1}$ As **topsquark** says, C^{2}D^{2} should be CDCD. Also, you can write C^{-2} for C^{-1})^2.

2) Let **u** be any unit vector in $\displaystyle IR^n$, and let $\displaystyle A = I -$ **uu**$\displaystyle ^T$ (where the T indicates that the matrix is transposed).

Prove that

a) $\displaystyle A = A^T$

b) $\displaystyle A^2 = A$

I can do a) but I cannot do b). Can anyone help me? See below.

3)

a) For B a square matrix, expand the product (I + B)(I − B + B^2) I + B^3, correct.

b) Let $\displaystyle B$ = $\displaystyle \begin{array}{ccc}0&p&q\\0&0&r\\0&0&0\end{array}$, and find $\displaystyle B^2 $ and $\displaystyle B^3$ B^3 = 0, correct.

c) Using the matrix *B *and the result from part (b), simplify the formula in (a). It becomes (I + B)(I − B + B^2) = I. You're still correct up to here.

d) Let $\displaystyle A$ = $\displaystyle \begin{array}{ccc}1&p&q\\0&1&r\\0&0&1\end{array}$ = $\displaystyle B + I $ for B in b).

Use the results in (c) and (a) to find $\displaystyle A^{-1}$. From c), I − B + B^2 is the inverse of I + B.

Note: $\displaystyle I$ represents the identity matrix. Also recall that if $\displaystyle AC = CA = I $, if and only if , $\displaystyle C = A^{-1}$

Ok, for this question I can do all the way up to c but then I am lost how to do d). I mean I can do it by row reducing A and then finding the inverse that way. But the question says to use my results from a and c so I am thinking there must be another way to do it. Can anyone help me out here?

My result for a) turns out to be I + B^3. Subsequently I find that B^3 is a 3x3 matrix with all zeros and thus my answer in c turns out to be just "I", the identity matrix.