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Lecture

Assignment 1


Department
Mathematics
Course Code
MAT157Y1
Professor
Kumar Murty

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Assignment 1
MAT 157
Due: September 19, 2012
1. Consider the set
M={
a b
c d
:a, b, c, d R}
with the usual operations of addition and multiplication:
a b
c d
+
a0b0
c0d0
=
a+a0b+b0
c+c0d+d0
and
a b
c d
·
a0b0
c0d0
=
aa0+bc0ab0+bd0
ca0+dc0cb0+dd0
.
Define the new operation
[X, Y ] = XY Y X.
Prove that
(a) For all X, Y ∈ M, we have [X, Y ] = [Y, X] and in particular, the operation
is not commutative.
(b) There exist elements X, Y, Z ∈ M such that
[[X, Y ], Z]6= [X, [Y, Z]]
and so the operation is not associative.
(c) Prove that for all X, Y, Z ∈ M, we have the identity
[X, [Y, Z]] + [Z, [X, Y ]] + [Y, [Z, X]] = 0.
2. (Spivak, Chapter 1, Problem 7) Prove that if 0 < a < b, then
a <
ab <
1
2
(a+b)< b.
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