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Unformatted text preview: YOUR NAME: Alexander Givental Math 53. Midterm I. September 22, 2006. Theoretical question (15 pts) : Areas and 2 × 2determinants. Given two vectors a = ( a 1 , a 2 ) and b = ( b 1 , b 2 ) in the plane, the determinant a 1 b 2 a 2 b 1 of the matrix formed by the coordinates of these vectors is equal to the signed area of the parallelogram P formed by these two vectors: det bracketleftbigg a 1 b 1 a 2 b 2 bracketrightbigg = ± Area ( P ) . The sign here is “+” is the direction of rotation from a to b is counterclockwise, and “ ” is it is clockwise. Indeed, let φ and ψ be the angles that the vectors a and b respectively make with the positive direction of the 1st coordinate axis, and θ = ψ φ be the angle of rotation from a to b (which is positive, when the direction of this rotation is countercklockwise). Then a 1 =  a  cos φ, a 2 =  a  sin φ, b 1 =  b  cos ψ, b 2 =  b  sin ψ, and hence a 1 b 2 a 2 b 1 =  a   b  (cos φ sin ψ sin φ cos ψ ) =  a  ...
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