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Unformatted text preview: Lecture 28 Andrei Antonenko April 21, 2003 1 Operators In this lecture we will start studying the most important part of the course on linear algebra the theory of operators. Let V be a vector space. Any linear function from V to V is called the linear operator . We will denote operators by script letters ( A , B , C ), for example: A : V V. It means that the operator rearranges somehow vectors from the given vector space V . An example of the operator can be an operator of rotation by an angle applying it, each vector will be rotated by an angle counterclockwise. Another example operator of the reflection with respect to given line each vector maps to its reflection with respect to some line. We will learn how to describe operators, and then we will try to classify them, and under stand actions of them. But first we will study some more facts about vector spaces. 2 Coordinates Let V be a vector space, and assume that { e 1 ,e 2 ,...,e n } is a basis. Since it is a basis, we can represent any other vector v as a linear combination of basic vectors, i.e. for any vector v we can find such numbers a 1 ,a 2 ,...,a n , that v = a 1 e 1 + a 2 e 2 + + a n e n . Such numbers a 1 ,a 2 ,...,a n are called coordinates of the vector v with respect to basis { e 1 ,e 2 ,...,e n } . Lets consider some examples. Example 2.1. Consider the space R 3 , and let vector v = (1 , 1 , 1) . We will consider 2 different bases, and find coordinates of v with respect to them 1 Lets consider the standard basis e 1 = (1 , , 0) , e 2 = (0 , 1 , 0) , e 3 = (0 , , 1) . Then the vector v can be represented as v = (1 , 1 , 1) = 1(1 , , 0) + 1(0 , 1 , 0) + 1(0 , , 1) = 1 e 1 + 1 e 2 + 1 e 3 . So, the coordinates of this vector with respect to the standard basis are (1 , 1 , 1) . Lets consider another basis e 1 = (0 , , 1) , e 2 = (0 , 1 , 1) , e 3 = (1 , 1 , 1) (we can simply check that this is a basis). Then the vector v can be represented as v = (1 , 1 , 1) = 0(0 , , 1) + 0(0 , 1 , 1) + 1(1 , 1 , 1) = 0 e 1 + 0 e 2 + 1 e 3 . So, the coordinates of this vector with respect to the basis { e 1 ,e 2 ,e 3 } are (0 , , 1) . So, we see, that the coordinates of the same vector may be different with the respect to different bases....
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