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1. Let M denote the set of real 2x2 matrices of the form where x and y are not both zero,

M=
Show that M is a group under matrix multiplication. (you may assume that matrix multiplication is associative)

I am just confused about something, I am trying to figure if for example this is multiplication of the form:

or if the operation has to be of the form

,

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nevermind, i messed up on something really simple...
2. It's safe to assume that is a group since the question asks you to show that it is, it doesn't ask whether or not it is.

If your example of didn't work then you must have multiplied your matrices wrong.

The closure property is this: if then .

So suppose and , with and . Show that can be written in the form and that (where are in terms of ).

P.S.: To fix your LaTeX code, take the { symbols off the start of each of the lines.
3. (Original post by nuodai)
It's safe to assume that is a group since the question asks you to show that it is, it doesn't ask whether or not it is.

If your example of didn't work then you must have multiplied your matrices wrong.

The closure property is this: if then .

So suppose and , with and . Show that can be written in the form and that (where are in terms of ).

P.S.: To fix your LaTeX code, take the { symbols off the start of each of the lines.
Ah thanks, coding fixed now
I actually worked out 2x3 + (1x-2) as being 9 for some reason in my counterexample which is why it confused me :s but my counterexample actually does conform to the group rules

Updated: April 7, 2012
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