Hw11 Problem 6

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Problem 6

Let $G = GL(n, \mathbb{R})$ and let $K$ be a subgroup of $\mathbb{R}^{∗}$. Prove $H = \{A \in G\ |\ det A \in K\}$ is a normal subgroup of $G$.


Let $h \in H$. We need to show that $ghg^{-1} \in H$ for all $g \in G$. Then

\begin{equation} det(ghg^{-1}) = det(g)det(h)det(g^{-1}) \end{equation}
\begin{equation} = det(g)det(g^{-1})det(h) \end{equation}
\begin{align} = det(h) \in K \end{align}

So then $H$ is a normal subgroup of $G$.

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