By T. Y. Lam

ISBN-10: 0387975233

ISBN-13: 9780387975238

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One reason j is often suppressed is that the specific value of ψaj is basis dependent. Our friend could be using a different basis related to our basis by a similarity transformation S, so that the j th component of her eigenvector ψaj , which for maximal clarity we might want to denote by a different Greek letter, φaj , is given by ψaj = φaj = Sj l ψal . After all this verbiage, you realize that the most important element in the symbol ψaj is a! In particular, the letter ψ is really redundant, considerably more so than j ; it is what I would call a coatrack to hang a on.

Lemma 2. We have det EM = det E det M. For example, the E corresponding to multiplying a row by s has determinant equal to s, and indeed, the determinant of EM is equal to s times the determinant of M. Similarly, det ME = det E det M for the analogous column operations. Lemma 3. As we have shown in the discussion around (61), any matrix M can be turned into a diagonal matrix D by the various elementary operations, thus D = EE . . EME . . E. The schematic notation should be clear: the Es denote a generic elementary matrix.

P (n)). Each term is given by the product of n matrix elements, MiP (i) for i = 1, . . , n, multiplied by sign(P ) = ±1 depending on whether the permutation P is even or odd, respectively. Check this for n = 2, 3. General properties of the determinant We can now deduce various properties of the determinant. 1. If we multiply all the elements in any one row of the matrix M by λ, D → λD. This is clear. Suppose we pick the fifth row. Then, in (56), M5P (5) → λM5P (5), and hence the stated property of D follows.

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