# Block diagonal matrix from a skew-symmetric matrix

Discussion in 'Maple' started by rv, Jan 22, 2007.

1. ### rvGuest

Dear Group members,

I'm trying to solve the following algebra problem

Consider a skew-symmetric matrix of the form:

B=[0,A;
-At,0]

where 0 stands for a null matrix and At the transpose of matrix A.

Is it possible to obtain a transformation of this matrix such as the
new matrix in the new coordinates would be a block diagonal matrix of
the form:

C=[C1,0;
0,C2]

with C=Tt * B * T, being T the transformation matrix?

If possible how can I obtain such a transformation matrix?

Thanks,

RV

rv, Jan 22, 2007