Hi MHF,
The exercise states "Give an example of a 3x3 nilpontent matrix which is not the null matrix".
My attempt : I wrote down the matrix
and I multiplied it by itself. I got the matrix
Now I must equal each entriy of the matrix to 0... that means I'll get a "nasty" system of 9 equations with 9 unknown to solve. I say "nasty" because it isn't even linear!
So I'd like to know what's the method to find such an example. Without guessing of course. I don't think my method is effective.
Thank you.