# Thread: Linear Algebra Proof Help

1. ## Linear Algebra Proof Help

Hello, I need help with a proof again.

Q: prove that if $A^{2}=A$, then $I-2A=(I-2A)^{-1}$.

So, from that I gather...

Givens: $A^{2}=A \rightarrow A$ is square.

Goal: $I-2A=(I-2A)^{-1}$

So, I don't have very much ha.

Should I just approach this multiplying the the inverse quantity to both sides of the quantity $I-2A$ and hope to get the Identity $I$ back?

Not sure how to use the first fact $A^{2}=A$.

Thanks,

I'll keep plugging away at it.

2. $\left( {I - 2A} \right)\left( {I - 2A} \right) = I^2 - 2IA - 2AI + 4A^2 = I - 4A + 4A = I$

3. Originally Posted by Plato
$\left( {I - 2A} \right)\left( {I - 2A} \right) = I^2 - 2IA - 2AI + 4A^2 = I - 4A + 4A = I$
Is that all that has to be shown?

4. Originally Posted by Danneedshelp
Is that all that has to be shown?
If each of $A~\&~B$ is a matrix, how does one show that $A=B^{-1}?$

5. oh, or is it
$AB=I=BA$

6. Originally Posted by Danneedshelp
$AB^{-1}=I=B^{-1}A$
correct?
No it is not correct? Do you have a textbook?

$AB=BA=I$

7. Originally Posted by Plato
No it is not correct? Do you have a textbook?

$AB=BA=I$

Yeah, I see that now. I just forgot to delete first part of my last post when I made the edit. I put $AB=BA=I$[/quote] at the bottom. My bad.

Thanks for the help.