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Solution to Linear Algebra Done Wrong Exercise 1.1.8


Prove that for any vector ${\bf v}$ its additive inverse $−{\bf v}$ is given by $(−1){\bf v}$.


Solution: We have
\begin{align*}
(-1){\bf v}=&\ (-1){\bf v}+{\bf 0}\\ =&\ (-1){\bf v}+({\bf v}+(-{\bf v}))\\
=&\ ((-1){\bf v}+{\bf v})+(-{\bf v})\\ =&\ ((-1){\bf v}+1{\bf v})+(-{\bf v})\\
=&\ (-1+1){\bf v}+(-{\bf v})\\ =&\ 0{\bf v}+(-{\bf v})\\ =&\ {\bf 0}+(-{\bf v})=-{\bf v}.
\end{align*}Here we used Exercise 1.1.7, namely $0{\bf v}={\bf 0}$.



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