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True or false? The nullity of an `n xx n` matrix might be any number from `0` to `n` .

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gomezzzzzzzzz... | Student | (Level 1) Honors

Posted April 15, 2013 at 1:55 AM via web

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True or false?

The nullity of an `n xx n` matrix might be any number from `0` to `n` .

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degeneratecircle | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted April 15, 2013 at 2:56 AM (Answer #1)

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This is true. It is easy to construct an `nxxn` matrix with any nullity from `0` to `n` inclusive. Simply take the `nxxn` ` ` matrix which contains the `kxxk` identity matrix in the upper left block and zeros everywhere else. This matrix will have nullity `n-k.` For the case of nullity `n` , simply take the zero matrix.

For example, a `4xx4` matrix with nullity `0` is `[[1,0,0,0],[0,1,0,0],[0,0,1,0],[0,0,0,1]].` A `4xx4` matrix with nullity `1` is `[[1,0,0,0],[0,1,0,0],[0,0,1,0],[0,0,0,0]],` and so on. The `4xx4` zero matrix has nullity `4`.

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