1. Solution: By 8.21 (a), $V = G(0, N)$. Since $G(0, N) = \operatorname{null} N^{\operatorname{dim} V}$ (see 8.11), it follows that $N^{\operatorname{dim} V} = 0$ and so $N$ is nilpotent.

2. Solution: Define $T \in \mathcal{L}(\mathbb{R}^3)$ by

$$ T(x, y, z) = (0, -z, y). $$ That is, $T$ squashes vectors onto the $yz$ plane and rotates them counterclockwise by $\pi/2$ radians. So all eigenvectors of $T$ are contained in the $x$-axis and correspond to the eigenvalue $0$. $T$ obviously is not nilpotent.

3. Solution: Suppose $\lambda$ is an eigenvalue of $T$ and $v \in V$ a corresponding eigenvalue. $S$ is surject, so there exists $u \in V$ such that $Su = v$. Then

$$ S^{-1}TSu = S^{-1}Tv = \lambda S^{-1}v = \lambda u, $$ which shows that $\lambda$ is an eigenvalue of $S^{-1}TS$. Hence every eigenvalue of $T$ is an eigenvalue of $S^{-1}TS$. We will prove these eigenvalues have the same multiplicity and it will follow that $S^{-1}TS$ cannot have other eigenvalues (by 8.26).

Suppose $\lambda_1, \dots, \lambda_m$ are the distinct eigenvalues of $T$. Fix $k \in \{1, \dots, m\}$. Let $v_1, \dots, v_d$ be a basis of $G(\lambda_k, T)$. There exist $u_1, \dots, u_d \in V$ such that $Su_j = v_j$ for each $j = 1, \dots, d$. It easy to check that the $u$’s are linearly independent. We have

$$ G(\lambda_k, S^{-1}TS) = \operatorname{null} (S^{-1}TS – \lambda_k I)^{\operatorname{dim} V} = \operatorname{null} S^{-1}(T – \lambda_k I)^{\operatorname{dim} V}S, $$ where the first equality comes from 8.11 and the second from Exercise 5 in section 5B. For each $j$, we have

$$ S^{-1}(T – \lambda_k I)^{\operatorname{dim} V}Su_j = S^{-1}(T – \lambda_k I)^{\operatorname{dim} V}v_j = 0, $$ where the second equality follows because $v_j \in G(\lambda_k, T)$. This shows that $u_1, \dots, u_d \in G(\lambda_k, S^{-1}TS)$. Hence

$$ \operatorname{dim} G(\lambda_k, S^{-1}TS) \ge d = \operatorname{dim} G(\lambda_k, T). \tag{1} $$ By 8.26, we must have

$$ \operatorname{dim} G(\lambda_1, T) + \dots + \operatorname{dim} G(\lambda_m, T) = \operatorname{dim} V \tag{2} $$ and

$$ \operatorname{dim} G(\lambda_1, S^{-1}TS) + \dots + \operatorname{dim} G(\lambda_m, S^{-1}TS) \le \operatorname{dim} V. \tag{3} $$ $(1)$ and $(2)$ imply that $(3)$ is only possible if $$\operatorname{dim} G(\lambda_k, S^{-1}TS) = \operatorname{dim} G(\lambda_k, T).$$ Hence, their multiplicieties are the same and $S^{-1}TS$ cannot have other generalized eigenspaces (the ones shown here already eat up the dimension of $V$).

4. Solution: By the same reasoning used in the proof of 8.4, it follows that $\operatorname{dim} \operatorname{null} T^{n-1} \ge n – 1$. But $\operatorname{null} T^{n-1} \subset \operatorname{null} T^n = G(0, T)$ (see 8.2 and 8.11). Thus $\operatorname{dim} G(0, T) \ge n – 1$ and $0$ is an eigenvalue of $T$.

If $\operatorname{dim} G(0, T) = n$, 8.26 shows that $0$ is the only eigenvalue of $T$. If $\operatorname{dim} G(0, T) = n – 1$, there is only space for one more eigenvalue with multiplicty $1$.

5. Solution: Every eigenvector is also a generalized eigenvector, so in the forward direction we can make a similar argument to that of Exercise 3, where the dimensions only fit if each eigenspace equals its corresponding generalized one (because the former is a subset of the latter). The other direction is obvious from 8.23.

6. Solution: The formula for $N$ doesn’t really matter here. We only care about the dimension of $\mathbb{F}^{5}$, which is $5$. Using the same reasoning from the proof of 8.31, and because $N^j = 0$ for $j \ge 5$, we have

$$ \begin{aligned} I + N &= (I + a_1N + a_2N^2 + a_3N^3 + a_4N^4)\\ &= I + 2a_1N + (2a_2 + a_1^2)N^2 + (2a_3 + 2a_1a_2)N^3 + (2a_4 + 2a_1a_3 + a_2^2)N^4 \end{aligned} $$ for some $a_1, a_2, a_3, a_4 \mathbb{F}$.

Choose

$$ a_1 = \frac{1}{2},\quad a_2 = \frac{-1}{8},\quad a_3 = \frac{1}{16}\quad a_4 = \frac{-5}{128}$$ and the terms on the second line will collapse to $N + I$. Hence

$$ I + \frac{1}{2}N – \frac{1}{8}N^2 + \frac{1}{16}N^3 – \frac{5}{128}N^4 $$ is a square root of $N + I$.

7. Solution: One can use the same strategy as in the proof of 8.31 to show that $I + N$ has a cube root for any nilpotent $N \in \mathcal{L}(V)$ and the rest of the proof will be same as the proof of 8.33.

8. Solution: If $0$ is not an eigenvalue of $T$, then $T^j$ is injective and surjective for all integers $j$, which gives the desired result (take $j = n-2$).

Suppose $0$ is an eigenvalue of $T$. Since $3$ and $8$ are also eigenvalues of $T$, by 8.26 the multiplicity of $0$, namely $\operatorname{dim} G(0, T)$ which equals $\operatorname{dim} \operatorname{null} T^n$, is at most $n – 2$. By the same reasoning used in the proof of 8.4, we have $\operatorname{null} T^{n-2} = \operatorname{null} T^n$ (because the $\operatorname{null} T^{n-2} \subset \operatorname{null} T^n$). Exercise 19 of section 8A implies that $\operatorname{range} T^{n-2} = \operatorname{range} T$. Now 8.5 completes the proof.

9. Solution: Keep in mind that when we mention the size of an $n$-by-$n$ matrix here we mean $n$ and not $n$ times $n$.

Let $V$ be vector space whose dimension equals the size $A$ (or $B$, since they’re the same). Choose a basis of $V$ and define $S, T \in \mathcal{L}(V)$ such that $\mathcal{M}(S) = A$ and $\mathcal{M}(T) = B$. Then $\mathcal{M}(ST) = AB$.

Let $d_j$ equal the size of $A_j$ (or $B_j$, because they’re the same). Consider the list consisting of the first $d_1$ vectors in the chosen basis. $A$ and $B$ show that the span of these vectors are invariant under $S$ and $T$.

Similarly, the span of the next $d_2$ vectors after this list is also invariant under $T$. Continuing in this fashion, we see that there are $m$ distinct lists of consecutive vectors, with no intersections, in the chosen basis whose spans are invariant under $S$ and $T$.

Let $U_1, \dots, U_m$ denote such spans. Clearly $\mathcal{M}(S|_{U_j}) = A_j$ and $\mathcal{M}(T|_{U_j}) = B_j$ for each $j$. Hence $\mathcal{M}(S|_{U_j}T|_{U_j}) = A_jB_j$ and so it easy to see that $\mathcal{M}(ST)$ (which equals $AB$) has the desired form.

10. Solution: Let $v_1, \dots, v_n$ denote a basis of $V$ consisting of generalized eigenvectors of $T$ (which exists by 8.23). Define $\langle \cdot, \cdot \rangle: V \times V \to \mathbb{C}$ by

$$ \langle a_1 v_1 + \dots + a_n v_n, b_1 v_1 + \dots + b_n v_n \rangle = a_1\overline{b_1} + \dots + a_n\overline{b_n}, $$ where the $a$’s and $b$’s are complex numbers. You can check that $\langle \cdot, \cdot \rangle$ is a well defined inner product on $V$. Thus $v_1, \dots, v_n$ is an orthonormal basis of $V$. Moreover, the generalized eigenspaces of $T$ are orthogonal to each other. This implies that, if $v \in G(\beta, T)$, then

$$ P_{G(\alpha, T)} v = \begin{cases} v, \text{ if } \alpha = \beta\\ 0, \text{ if } \alpha \neq \beta \end{cases} \tag{$*$} $$ where $P_{G(\alpha, T)}$ is the orthogonal projection of $V$ onto $G(\alpha, T)$.

Let $\lambda_1, \dots, \lambda_m$ denote the distinct eigenvalues of $T$. We have

$$ T = T|_{G(\lambda_1, T)}P_{G(\lambda_1, T)} + \dots + T|_{G(\lambda_m, T)}P_{G(\lambda_m, T)}. $$ For each $j = 1, \dots, m$, we can write $T|_{G(\lambda_j, T)} = \lambda_j I + N_j$ where $N_j$ is a nilpotent operator under which $G(\lambda_j, T)$ is invariant (see 8.21 (c)). Therefore

$$ \begin{aligned} T &= (\lambda_1 I + N_1)P_{G(\lambda_1, T)} + \dots + (\lambda_m I + N_m)P_{G(\lambda_m, T)}\\ &= \underbrace{\lambda_1 P_{G(\lambda_1, T)} + \dots + \lambda_m P_{G(\lambda_m, T)}}_\text{(4)} + \underbrace{N_1P_{G(\lambda_1, T)} + \dots + N_mP_{G(\lambda_m, T)}}_\text{(5)}. \end{aligned} $$ Fix $k \in \{1, \dots, n\}$. Then $v_k \in G(\lambda_j, T)$ for some $j \in \{1, \dots m\}$. $(*)$ shows that $(4)$ maps $v_k$ to $\lambda_j v_k$. Hence $v_1, \dots, v_n$ is a basis of eigenvectors of $(4)$ and so $(4)$ is diagonalizable. $(*)$ also shows that $(5)$ maps $v_k$ to $N_j v_k$. But $G(\lambda_j, T)$ is invariant under $N_j$, so $(*)$ actually implies that $(5)$ raised to the power of $\operatorname{dim} V$ maps $v_k$ to $N_j^{\dim V}v_k$ which equals $0$. Therefore $(5)$ is nilpotent. It is easy to see that $(4)$ and $(5)$ commute (they map $v_k$ to $\lambda_j N_j v_k$, no matter the order), which completes the proof.

11. Solution: Suppose $T$ has an upper-triangular matrix with respect to the basis $v_1, \dots, v_n$. Suppose also that $\lambda$ appears on the $j$-th diagonal entry of $\mathcal{M}(T)$. Then

$$ Tv_j = a_1 v_1 + \dots + a_{j-1} v_{j-1} + \lambda v_j $$ for some $a_1, \dots, a_{j-1} \in \mathbb{F}$, and so

$$ (T – \lambda I)v_j = a_1 v_1 + \dots + a_{j-1} v_{j-1} \in \operatorname{span}(v_1, \dots, v_{j-1}). $$ We have

$$ (T – \lambda I)v_{j-1} = c_1 v_1 + \dots + (c_{j-1} – \lambda) v_{j-1} $$ for some $c_1, \dots, c_{j-1} \in \mathbb{F}$. If $c_{j-1} – \lambda = 0$, then $(T – \lambda I)^2v_j \in \operatorname{span}(v_1, \dots, v_{j-2})$. If $c_{j-1} – \lambda \neq 0$, then $$ (T – \lambda I)\left(v_j – \frac{a_{j-1}}{c_{j-1} – \lambda}v_{j-1}\right) \in \operatorname{span}(v_1, \dots, v_{j-2}). $$ We go on, either squaring by squaring $(T – \lambda I)$ or subtracting a vector $u \in \operatorname{span}(v_1, \dots, v_{j-1})$ from $v_j$ in the argument of $(T – \lambda I)$, and we will have $(T – \lambda I)^2(v_j – u)$ in the span of the first $j – 3$ vectors of the basis, then in span of the first $n – 4$, an so on until it will be in the span of an empty list, that is, $\{0\}$. This means that $v_j – u \in G(\lambda, T)$ for some $u \in \operatorname{span}(v_1, \dots, v_{j-1})$.

Let $\nu_1, \dots, \nu_d$ denote the vectors of the chosen basis of $V$ that correspond to the columns of $\mathcal{M}(T)$ in which $\lambda$ appears and in the order that they appear on the basis. We can repeat the previous process and find $u_1, \dots, u_d$ such

$$ \nu_1 – u_1, \dots, \nu_d – u_d \in G(\lambda, T), \tag{6} $$ where each $u_k$ is in the span of the basis vectors that come before $\nu_k$. We claim this list is linearly independent. To see this, fix $k \in \{1, \dots, d\}$. Suppose $\nu_k$ is the $j$-th basis vector, i.e. $\nu_k = v_j$. This means that

$$ \operatorname{span}(\nu_1 – u_1, \dots, \nu_{k-1} – u_{k-1}) \subset \operatorname{span}(v_1, \dots, v_{j-1}). $$ Therefore, we can’t have $\nu_k – u_k \in \operatorname{span}(\nu_1 – u_1, \dots, \nu_{k-1} – u_{k-1})$, because that would imply that

$$ v_j \in \operatorname{span}(v_1, \dots, v_{j-1}), $$ since $u_k \in \operatorname{span}(v_1, \dots, v_{j-1})$. This argument can be repeated for each $k$. Therefore no vector in $(6)$ is in the span of the previous ones. It follows that the list in $(6)$ is linearly independent.

Hence $\operatorname{dim} G(\lambda, T) \ge d$. By 8.26, the dimension of $G(\lambda, T)$ cannot be greater $d$, because we have $\operatorname{dim} V$ diagonal entries and each one adds at least $1$ to the dimension of some generalized eigenspace. Thus $\operatorname{dim} G(\lambda, T) = d$, completing the proof.

## Aditya

10 May 2020Q11, I feel there might be another approach, using Q3. T’ be the upper triangular matrix, S be the change of basis matrix such that S^-1T’S has the block diagonal form with \lambda_i having multiplicity d_i. Since these two transformations (I use matrices and transformations interchangeably as Q3 can be extended to hold for matrices) are conjugate, dim null(T’-\lambda_i)^n = d_i.

Now let’s take an eigenvalue \lambda. It must appear on diagonal of T’. (T’-\lambda) has zeroes, say, k places. We must now show k = dim null(T’-\lambda)^n which is the multiplicity. To see that, observe, (T’-\lambda)^n is also upper triangular and has diagonal elements raised to the power n. So it has 0 at k places, Now we try to find the null space of this matrix. If we multiply it with (x_1,…,x_n) then we get a system of linear equations. Since it is an upper triangular matrix, it is in Row Echelon form. We see leading entries of row = 0 at k places. Hence k = dim null(T’-\lambda)^n.

Hope this makes sense. I found it much easier to come up with. Btw, your website is a life saver! Thank you!

## Brian

18 Oct 20198B.8) null T^(n-2) = null T^(n)

is not true. 8.4) states that n = dim V; null T^n = null T^(n+1) and doesn’t statisfy null T^(n-1) = null T^(n)

## Lazlo P

18 Sep 2019For 8B.2, I think you meant to write T(x, y, z) = (0, -z, y)

## Linearity

21 Sep 2019Yes, thanks.

## Chi Yuan Lau

9 Aug 2019For 10, I think if we consider in the matrix version , then we can decomposite it directly by theorem 8.29

## Linearity

9 Aug 2019Yes, for $\mathbb C$ it is easy. This is a special case of Jordan-Chevalley decomposition Theorem for algebraically closed field.

## Chi Yuan Lau

9 Aug 2019so it follows from 8B.8 :

If $T$ has at least 2 distinct egeinvalues , then $$V=\mathrm{range} T^{n-2}\oplus\mathrm{null}~ T^{n-2}.$$Or replace the $2$ by any $k$, the conclusion will also hold.

## Marcel Ackermann

21 Sep 2017Hey, I would appreciate a lot a solution for 8B8 🙂

## Ying Kit Hui

27 May 2018Hint: prove that nullT^(n-2) = nullT^(n-1)

## Marcel Ackermann

22 Aug 20178B1) according to 8.21a: $V=G(0,N)$

so $G(0,N)=\mathrm{null}(N-0I)^{\dim V}=null(N)^{\dim V}=V$

according to 8.21c: $(N-0I)|_{G(0,N) = N|V = N}, so N is nilpotent