# High School Mathematics Extensions/Matrices/Problem Set

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## Problem Set

1. Zhuo decided to write a message to Jenny using matrix encryption. He substituted each letter in the English alphabet with a number:

A to 0
B to 1
C to 2
...
Z to 25,

he then wrote his message in a 2 by 4 matrix as follows

${\displaystyle X={\begin{pmatrix}?&?&?&?\\?&?&?&?\end{pmatrix}}}$,

now he pre-multiplies his secret message X with a matrix to get the result

${\displaystyle {\begin{pmatrix}2&3\\3&5\end{pmatrix}}{\begin{pmatrix}?&?&?&?\\?&?&?&?\end{pmatrix}}={\begin{pmatrix}28&94&70&102\\44&153&112&163\end{pmatrix}}}$.

What was Zhuo's message to Jenny?

2. A 2 by 2 matrix A has the following property

${\displaystyle A{\begin{pmatrix}1\\2\end{pmatrix}}={\begin{pmatrix}1\\0\end{pmatrix}}}$

and ${\displaystyle A{\begin{pmatrix}3\\4\end{pmatrix}}={\begin{pmatrix}0\\1\end{pmatrix}}}$.

What is the inverse of A?

3. Let

${\displaystyle J={\begin{pmatrix}0&1\\1&0\end{pmatrix}}}$,

and let K = I + J. Show that Kn = nK.

4. Suppose

${\displaystyle A^{k}=0}$

and

${\displaystyle B^{l}=0}$

prove or disprove that you can always find a positive integer m such that

${\displaystyle (A+B)^{m}=0}$

5. Let p and q be two real numbers such that p + q = 1. Show that there is a 2 × 2 matrix, AI (i.e. not equal to the identity) such that

${\displaystyle A{\begin{pmatrix}p\\q\end{pmatrix}}={\begin{pmatrix}p\\q\end{pmatrix}}}$

6. Find A such that: ${\displaystyle A^{3}={\begin{pmatrix}-10&18\\-9&17\end{pmatrix}}}$

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