I've been brushing up on some linear algebra this summer, and came across this problem in a practice book. Any help on this?
Let A be an m x n matrix. Prove that if c is any nonzero scalar, then rank(cA) = rank(A).
I've been brushing up on some linear algebra this summer, and came across this problem in a practice book. Any help on this?
Let A be an m x n matrix. Prove that if c is any nonzero scalar, then rank(cA) = rank(A).
Any m by n matrix is a linear transformation from $\displaystyle R^m$ to $\displaystyle R^n$ and, if its rank is k, its image is k dimensional subspace of $\displaystyle R^n$. If you know the image of A, what can you say about the image of cA? In particular, if Ax= y, what is (cA)x?