# Rank of a matrix

• November 15th 2008, 04:59 PM
My prof stated that the rank of an mxn matrix A is equal to the rank of $L_A$ which is in turn equal to $dim(R(L_A))$.
He also said that for an mxn matrix A, rank(A) = r where $r\le{min(m,n)}$.
What I don't understand is how both statements can both be true (probably because I have an incorrect understanding of the first one since I never fully understood $L_A$). I thought that $L_A$ was simply an mxn matrix which converts a nx1 matrix to an mx1 matrix... Is this not true? I doubt it is because if it's true then according to the first statement, the rank would always be equal to 1!