18.02 HOMEWORK #1, DUE SEPTEMBER 16, 2010
BJORN POONEN
Page numbers refer to Edwards & Penney. Problem numbers like 1A1 refer to the Sup
plementary Notes. “(After Sept. 10)” means that the math needed for the problem should
have been covered in lecture by that date. Make sure that you know how to do all exercises
listed,
but hand in only those labelled with point values
.
1.
Part A
(After Sept. 9) p. 777: 21, 31
(After Sept. 9) p. 786: 13* (for the vectors in 1 only) (5 pts.), 39, 58* (10 pts.), 70* (5 pts.)
(After Sept. 9) 1A1b, 1A5, 1A8, 1A12* (10 pts.)
(After Sept. 9) 1B1b, 1B3b, 1B6 (in c, change “empty” to “a point”), 1B8, 1B12
(After Sept. 9) 1C2b, 1C3b, 1C7, 1C9
(After Sept. 10) 1D1a, 1D3, 1D5
(After Sept. 10) 1F5a, 1F8a, 1F11b* (10 pts.)
(After Sept. 14) 1G2a, 1G3, 1G4
(After Sept. 14) 1H3(a,c), 1H6* (10 pts.), 1H8* (10 pts.)
2.
Part B
B.1)
(After Sept. 10, 15 pts.) A
nilpotent
matrix is a square matrix
A
such that
A
n
= 0 for
some positive integer
n
.
(a) Show that (
0 1
0 0
) is nilpotent.
(b) Show that if
A
is a nilpotent
m
×
m
matrix for some
m
≥
1, then det
A
= 0.
(c) If
A
and
B
are nilpotent matrices of the same size, must
A
+
B
be nilpotent? (If
YES, explain why. If NO, exhibit a pair of specific nilpotent matrices
A
and
B
such that
A
+
B
is not nilpotent.)
B.2)
(After Sept. 10, 15 pts.) Let
A
be the 2
×
2 matrix such that for each
v
∈
R
2
, the
vector
A
v
is the mirror reflection of
v
in the
x
axis. Let
B
be the 2
×
2 matrix such
that for each
v
∈
R
2
, the vector
B
v
is the mirror reflection of
v
in the line
y
=
x
.
(a) Find the matrices
A
and
B
.
(b) Compute
AB
.
(c) What transformation of the plane does
AB
give? (In other words, given
v
∈
R
2
,
what is the geometric relationship of (
AB
)
v
to
v
? If it’s unclear, try a few test
inputs.)
B.3)
(After Sept. 10, 10 pts.) On the exterior of a (not necessarily regular) tetrahedron,
one vector is erected perpendicularly to each face, pointing outwards, and its length is
equal to the area of the face. Show that the sum of these four vectors is
0
.
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18.02 HOMEWORK #2, DUE SEPTEMBER 23, 2010
BJORN POONEN
1.
Part A
(After Sept. 16) 1E1, 1E2, 1E3, 1E6, 1E7* (15 pts.) (assume that the lines are not
parallel)
(After Sept. 16) p. 650: 34* (15 pts.)
(After Sept. 16) p. 802: 37, 39, 57* (10 pts.)
(After Sept. 16) 1I2, 1I3, 1I5
(After Sept. 17) 1J2, 1J5, 1J6
(After Sept. 21) p. 858: 27, 37, 53–58 (ignore the labels on the axes in Figures 13.2.39–44,
since they are misleading or wrong, depending on your interpretation)
(After Sept. 21) 2A1, 2A5a
(After Sept. 21) 2B1a, 2B3, 2B10* (10 pts.)
2.
Part B
B.1)
(After Sept. 17) Let
PQ
be the major axis of the elliptical orbit of a planet orbiting
a sun. Suppose that the planet is moving at 80 km/s when it is at
P
, and 20 km/s
when it is at
Q
.
(a) (10 pts.) How far is the sun from
P
? (Express the answer as a fraction of
PQ
.)
(b) (15 pts.) How fast is the planet moving when it is at an end of the minor axis?
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