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    simplyfy the following as much as possible

    the A and B's represent matrices
    A(B + A^-1)((B^-1) A) i got A^2 +AB^-1

    (A + B)(A^-1 + B^-1) i got 2I + AB^-1 + BA^-1

    and [A^3(A^2)^-1]^-1 i got A^-1

    last one is A to power of 3 times A to power of 2 to the power of -1, all to the -1.

    thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by b0mb3rz View Post
    the A and B's represent matrices
    A(B + A^-1)((B^-1) A) i got A^2 +AB^-1

    (A + B)(A^-1 + B^-1) i got 2I + AB^-1 + BA^-1

    and [A^3(A^2)^-1]^-1 i got A^-1

    last one is A to power of 3 times A to power of 2 to the power of -1, all to the -1.

    thanks
    They are all correct.
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    Hello, b0mb3rz!

    I don't agree with your first answer . . .


    For matrices A and B, simplify: . <br />
A\cdot\left(B + A^{-1}\right)\cdot B^{-1}A

    I got: . A^2 + {\color{red}AB^{-1}} . . . . no

    A\cdot (B + A^{-1})\cdot B^{-1}A \;=\;\left[A\!\cdot\! B + A\!\cdot\! A^{-1}\right]\cdot B^{-1}A

    . . . . . . . . . . . . . = \;\left[A\!\cdot\!B + I\right]\cdot B^{-1}A

    . . . . . . . . . . . . . = \;(A\!\cdot\!B)\cdot\left(B^{-1}A\right) + I\!\cdot\!\left(B^{-1}A\right)

    . . . . . . . . . . . . . = \;A\!\cdot\!\left(B\!\cdot\! B^{-1}\right)\cdot A + B^{-1}A

    . . . . . . . . . . . . . = \;A\!\cdot\! I\!\cdot\!A + B^{-1}A

    . . . . . . . . . . . . . = \;A^2 + {\color{blue}B^{-1}A}




    (A + B)\left(A^{-1} + B^{-1}\right)

    I got: . 2I + AB^{-1} + BA^{-1} . . . . Right!

    We have: . (A + B)\cdot(A^{-1} + B^{-1})

    Distribute: . A\cdot(A^{-1} + B^{-1}) + B\cdot(A^{-1} + B^{-1})

    Distribute: . A\!\cdot\! A^{-1} + A\!\cdot\! B^{-1} + B\!\cdot\! A^{-1} + B\!\cdot\! B^{-1}

    . . . . . . . = \;I + A\!\cdot\!B^{-1} + B\!\cdot\!A^{-1} + I

    . . . . . . . = \;2I + AB^{-1} + BA^{-1}




    \bigg[A^3\left(A^2\right)^{-1}\bigg]^{-1}

    I got: . A^{-1} . . . . Yes!
    Do we dare to apply normal exponent rules to matrices?

    Does A^3\cdot(A^2)^{-1} \:=\:A^3\cdot A^{-2} \;=\;A ?
    . . The answer is Yes.

    A^3\cdot(A^2)^{-1} \;=\;A\cdot A^2\cdot(A^2)^{-1} \;=\;A\cdot\underbrace{\bigg[A^2\cdot(A^2)^{-1}\bigg]}_{\text{Inverses}} \;=\;A\cdot I \;=\;A

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