# Prove that a matrix is non-singular

• Feb 16th 2009, 10:05 AM
bobby
Prove that a matrix is non-singular
Hey, i am really stuck with this question and any help would be greatly appreciated!

If D is a diagonal matrix with positive diagonal entries and L is a lower triangular matrix, I have to show that D-L is non-singular.

• Feb 16th 2009, 10:52 AM
ThePerfectHacker
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Originally Posted by bobby
Hey, i am really stuck with this question and any help would be greatly appreciated!

If D is a diagonal matrix with positive diagonal entries and L is a lower triangular matrix, I have to show that D-L is non-singular.

This is not true unless $L$ is a strictly lower triangular matrix. Otherwise take $D=L$ then then $D-L$ is a zero matrix which is definitely not invertible. However, if $L$ is a stricly lower triangular matrix then $D-L$ is a lower triangular matrix with non-zero diagnol entries. Now use the fact that the determinant of a triangular matrix is the product of its entires diagnol entries. Therefore, the determinant is non-zero.