# Difference between revisions of "Identity matrix"

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A square matrix $I$ with entries $1$ on the main diagonal and $0$ otherwise: | A square matrix $I$ with entries $1$ on the main diagonal and $0$ otherwise: | ||

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− | I_{ij} = \delta_{ij} | + | I_{ij} = \delta_{ij} = \begin{cases} 1 & \text{if}\ i =j \\ 0 & \text{otherwise} \end{cases} |

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where $\delta$ is the [[Kronecker symbol]]. | where $\delta$ is the [[Kronecker symbol]]. | ||

If $R$ is a [[ring with identity]] and 0 and 1 are interpreted as elements of $R$, then $I$ is the [[identity element]] in the [[matrix ring]] $M_n(R)$. | If $R$ is a [[ring with identity]] and 0 and 1 are interpreted as elements of $R$, then $I$ is the [[identity element]] in the [[matrix ring]] $M_n(R)$. |

## Revision as of 06:26, 13 September 2016

A square matrix $I$ with entries $1$ on the main diagonal and $0$ otherwise: $$ I_{ij} = \delta_{ij} = \begin{cases} 1 & \text{if}\ i =j \\ 0 & \text{otherwise} \end{cases} $$ where $\delta$ is the Kronecker symbol.

If $R$ is a ring with identity and 0 and 1 are interpreted as elements of $R$, then $I$ is the identity element in the matrix ring $M_n(R)$.

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