Solutions to the exercises from T.M.

Apostol,
Calculus, vol. 1 assigned to doctoral students in
years 2002-2003
andrea battinelli
dipartimento di scienze matematiche e informatiche “R.Magari”
dell’università di Siena
via del Capitano 15 - 53100 Siena
tel: +39-0577-233769/02 fax: /01/30
e-mail: battinelli @unisi.it
web: http//www.batman vai li
December 12, 2005
2
Contents
I Volume 1 1
1 Chapter 1 3
2 Chapter 2 5
3 Chapter 3 7
4 Chapter 4 9
5 Chapter 5 11
6 Chapter 6 13
7 Chapter 7 15
8 Chapter 8 17
9 Chapter 9 19
10 Chapter 10 21
11 Chapter 11 23
12 Vector algebra 25
12.1 Historical introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
12.2 The vector space of n-tuples of real numbers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
12.3 Geometric interpretation for n ≤ 3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
12.4 Exercises . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
12.4.1 n. 1 (p. 450) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
12.4.2 n. 2 (p. 450) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
12.4.3 n. 3 (p. 450) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
12.4.4 n. 4 (p. 450) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
12.4.5 n. 5 (p. 450) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
12.4.6 n. 6 (p. 451) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
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12.4.7 n. 7 (p. 451) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
12.4.8 n. 8 (p. 451) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
12.4.9 n. 9 (p. 451) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
12.4.10 n. 10 (p. 451) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
12.4.11 n. 11 (p. 451) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
12.4.12 n. 12 (p. 451) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
12.5 The dot product . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
12.6 Length or norm of a vector . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
12.7 Orthogonality of vectors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
12.8 Exercises . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
12.8.1 n. 1 (p. 456) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
12.8.2 n. 2 (p. 456) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
12.8.3 n. 3 (p. 456) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
12.8.4 n. 5 (p. 456) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
12.8.5 n. 6 (p. 456) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
12.8.6 n. 7 (p. 456) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35
12.8.7 n. 10 (p. 456) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
12.8.8 n. 13 (p. 456) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
12.8.9 n. 14 (p. 456) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37
12.8.10 n. 15 (p. 456) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
12.8.11 n. 16 (p. 456) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
12.8.12 n. 17 (p. 456) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
12.8.13 n. 19 (p. 456) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40
12.8.14 n. 20 (p. 456) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40
12.8.15 n. 21 (p. 457) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40
12.8.16 n. 22 (p. 457) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41
12.8.17 n. 24 (p. 457) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
12.8.18 n. 25 (p. 457) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
12.9 Projections. Angle between vectors in n-space . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43
12.10 The unit coordinate vectors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43
12.11 Exercises . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43
12.11.1 n. 1 (p. 460) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43
12.11.2 n. 2 (p. 460) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43
12.11.3 n. 3 (p. 460) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43
12.11.4 n. 5 (p. 460) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44
12.11.5 n. 6 (p. 460) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45
12.11.6 n. 8 (p. 460) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46
12.11.7 n. 10 (p. 461) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46
12.11.8 n. 11 (p. 461) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47
12.11.9 n. 13 (p. 461) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
12.11.10 n. 17 (p. 461) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
12.12 The linear span of a finite set of vectors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50
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12.13 Linear independence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50
12.14 Bases . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50
12.15 Exercises . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50
12.15.1 n. 1 (p. 467) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50
12.15.2 n. 3 (p. 467) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50
12.15.3 n. 5 (p. 467) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51
12.15.4 n. 6 (p. 467) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51
12.15.5 n. 7 (p. 467) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51
12.15.6 n. 8 (p. 467) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51
12.15.7 n. 10 (p. 467) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52
12.15.8 n. 12 (p. 467) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53
12.15.9 n. 13 (p. 467) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55
12.15.10 n. 14 (p. 468) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56
12.15.11 n. 15 (p. 468) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56
12.15.12 n. 17 (p. 468) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56
12.15.13 n. 18 (p. 468) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57
12.15.14 n. 19 (p. 468) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57
12.15.15 n. 20 (p. 468) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
12.16 The vector space V
n
(C) of n-tuples of complex numbers . . . . . . . 59
12.17 Exercises . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59
13 Applications of vector algebra to analytic geometry 61
13.1 Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61
13.2 Lines in n-space . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61
13.3 Some simple properties of straight lines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61
13.4 Lines and vector-valued functions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61
13.5 Exercises . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61
13.5.1 n. 1 (p. 477) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61
13.5.2 n. 2 (p. 477) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61
13.5.3 n. 3 (p. 477) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62
13.5.4 n. 4 (p. 477) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62
13.5.5 n. 5 (p. 477) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62
13.5.6 n. 6 (p. 477) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63
13.5.7 n. 7 (p. 477) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64
13.5.8 n. 8 (p. 477) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64
13.5.9 n. 9 (p. 477) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65
13.5.10 n. 10 (p. 477) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65
13.5.11 n. 11 (p. 477) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66
13.5.12 n. 12 (p. 477) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67
13.6 Planes in euclidean n-spaces . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67
13.7 Planes and vector-valued functions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67
13.8 Exercises . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67
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13.8.1 n. 2 (p. 482) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67
13.8.2 n. 3 (p. 482) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68
13.8.3 n. 4 (p. 482) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69
13.8.4 n. 5 (p. 482) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69
13.8.5 n. 6 (p. 482) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70
13.8.6 n. 7 (p. 482) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71
13.8.7 n. 8 (p. 482) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72
13.8.8 n. 9 (p. 482) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72
13.8.9 n. 10 (p. 483) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73
13.8.10 n. 11 (p. 483) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74
13.8.11 n. 12 (p. 483) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75
13.8.12 n. 13 (p. 483) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75
13.8.13 n. 14 (p. 483) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75
13.9 The cross product . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76
13.10 The cross product expressed as a determinant . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76
13.11 Exercises . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76
13.11.1 n. 1 (p. 487) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76
13.11.2 n. 2 (p. 487) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76
13.11.3 n. 3 (p. 487) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76
13.11.4 n. 4 (p. 487) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77
13.11.5 n. 5 (p. 487) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77
13.11.6 n. 6 (p. 487) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77
13.11.7 n. 7 (p. 488) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78
13.11.8 n. 8 (p. 488) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79
13.11.9 n. 9 (p. 488) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79
13.11.10 n. 10 (p. 488) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80
13.11.11 n. 11 (p. 488) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80
13.11.12 n. 12 (p. 488) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82
13.11.13 n. 13 (p. 488) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82
13.11.14 n. 14 (p. 488) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83
13.11.15 n. 15 (p. 488) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84
13.12 The scalar triple product . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85
13.13 Cramer’s rule for solving systems of three linear equations . . . . . . 85
13.14 Exercises . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85
13.15 Normal vectors to planes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85
13.16 Linear cartesian equations for planes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85
13.17 Exercises . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86
13.17.1 n. 1 (p. 496) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86
13.17.2 n. 2 (p. 496) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86
13.17.3 n. 3 (p. 496) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87
13.17.4 n. 4 (p. 496) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87
13.17.5 n. 5 (p. 496) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88
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13.17.6 n. 6 (p. 496) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88
13.17.7 n. 8 (p. 496) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88
13.17.8 n. 9 (p. 496) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88
13.17.9 n. 10 (p. 496) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89
13.17.10 n. 11 (p. 496) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90
13.17.11 n. 13 (p. 496) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90
13.17.12 n. 14 (p. 496) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90
13.17.13 n. 15 (p. 496) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90
13.17.14 n. 17 (p. 497) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91
13.17.15 n. 20 (p. 497) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91
13.18 The conic sections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91
13.19 Eccentricity of conic sections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91
13.20 Polar equations for conic sections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91
13.21 Exercises . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91
13.22 Conic sections symmetric about the origin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92
13.23 Cartesian equations for the conic sections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92
13.24 Exercises . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92
13.25 Miscellaneous exercises on conic sections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92
14 Calculus of vector-valued functions 93
15 Linear spaces 95
15.1 Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95
15.2 The definition of a linear space . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95
15.3 Examples of linear spaces . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95
15.4 Elementary consequences of the axioms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95
15.5 Exercises . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95
15.5.1 n. 1 (p. 555) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95
15.5.2 n. 2 (p. 555) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96
15.5.3 n. 3 (p. 555) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96
15.5.4 n. 4 (p. 555) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96
15.5.5 n. 5 (p. 555) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97
15.5.6 n. 6 (p. 555) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97
15.5.7 n. 7 (p. 555) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98
15.5.8 n. 11 (p. 555) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98
15.5.9 n. 13 (p. 555) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98
15.5.10 n. 14 (p. 555) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99
15.5.11 n. 16 (p. 555) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99
15.5.12 n. 17 (p. 555) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101
15.5.13 n. 18 (p. 555) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101
15.5.14 n. 19 (p. 555) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102
15.5.15 n. 22 (p. 555) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102
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15.5.16 n. 23 (p. 555) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102
15.5.17 n. 24 (p. 555) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102
15.5.18 n. 25 (p. 555) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102
15.5.19 n. 26 (p. 555) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102
15.5.20 n. 27 (p. 555) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103
15.5.21 n. 28 (p. 555) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103
15.6 Subspaces of a linear space . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103
15.7 Dependent and independent sets in a linear space . . . . . . . . . . . 103
15.8 Bases and dimension . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103
15.9 Exercises . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103
15.9.1 n. 1 (p. 560) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103
15.9.2 n. 2 (p. 560) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104
15.9.3 n. 3 (p. 560) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104
15.9.4 n. 4 (p. 560) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104
15.9.5 n. 5 (p. 560) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104
15.9.6 n. 6 (p. 560) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104
15.9.7 n. 7 (p. 560) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104
15.9.8 n. 8 (p. 560) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105
15.9.9 n. 9 (p. 560) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105
15.9.10 n. 10 (p. 560) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105
15.9.11 n. 11 (p. 560) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105
15.9.12 n. 12 (p. 560) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106
15.9.13 n. 13 (p. 560) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106
15.9.14 n. 14 (p. 560) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106
15.9.15 n. 15 (p. 560) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107
15.9.16 n. 16 (p. 560) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107
15.9.17 n. 22 (p. 560) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108
15.9.18 n. 23 (p. 560) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108
15.10 Inner products. Euclidean spaces. Norms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111
15.11 Orthogonality in a euclidean space . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111
15.12 Exercises . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112
15.12.1 n. 9 (p. 567) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112
15.12.2 n. 11 (p. 567) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112
15.13 Construction of orthogonal sets. The Gram-Schmidt process . . . . . 115
15.14 Orthogonal complements. projections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115
15.15 Best approximation of elements in a euclidean space by elements in a
finite-dimensional subspace . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115
15.16 Exercises . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115
15.16.1 n. 1 (p. 576) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115
15.16.2 n. 2 (p. 576) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116
15.16.3 n. 3 (p. 576) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117
15.16.4 n. 4 (p. 576) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118
CONTENTS 9
16 Linear transformations and matrices 121
16.1 Linear transformations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121
16.2 Null space and range . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121
16.3 Nullity and rank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121
16.4 Exercises . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121
16.4.1 n. 1 (p. 582) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121
16.4.2 n. 2 (p. 582) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 122
16.4.3 n. 3 (p. 582) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 122
16.4.4 n. 4 (p. 582) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 122
16.4.5 n. 5 (p. 582) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 123
16.4.6 n. 6 (p. 582) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 123
16.4.7 n. 7 (p. 582) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 123
16.4.8 n. 8 (p. 582) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 123
16.4.9 n. 9 (p. 582) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 124
16.4.10 n. 10 (p. 582) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 124
16.4.11 n. 16 (p. 582) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125
16.4.12 n. 17 (p. 582) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125
16.4.13 n. 23 (p. 582) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 126
16.4.14 n. 25 (p. 582) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 126
16.4.15 n. 27 (p. 582) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127
16.5 Algebraic operations on linear transformations . . . . . . . . . . . . . 128
16.6 Inverses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 128
16.7 One-to-one linear transformations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 128
16.8 Exercises . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 128
16.8.1 n. 15 (p. 589) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 128
16.8.2 n. 16 (p. 589) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 128
16.8.3 n. 17 (p. 589) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 128
16.8.4 n. 27 (p. 590) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129
16.9 Linear transformations with prescribed values . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129
16.10 Matrix representations of linear transformations . . . . . . . . . . . . 129
16.11 Construction of a matrix representation in diagonal form . . . . . . . 129
16.12 Exercises . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129
16.12.1 n. 3 (p. 596) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129
16.12.2 n. 4 (p. 596) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131
16.12.3 n. 5 (p. 596) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131
16.12.4 n. 7 (p. 597) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132
16.12.5 n. 8 (p. 597) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 133
16.12.6 n. 16 (p. 597) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135
10 CONTENTS
Part I
Volume 1
1
Chapter 1
CHAPTER 1
4 Chapter 1
Chapter 2
CHAPTER 2
6 Chapter 2
Chapter 3
CHAPTER 3
8 Chapter 3
Chapter 4
CHAPTER 4
10 Chapter 4
Chapter 5
CHAPTER 5
12 Chapter 5
Chapter 6
CHAPTER 6
14 Chapter 6
Chapter 7
CHAPTER 7
16 Chapter 7
Chapter 8
CHAPTER 8
18 Chapter 8
Chapter 9
CHAPTER 9
20 Chapter 9
Chapter 10
CHAPTER 10
22 Chapter 10
Chapter 11
CHAPTER 11
24 Chapter 11
Chapter 12
VECTOR ALGEBRA
12.1 Historical introduction
12.2 The vector space of n-tuples of real numbers
12.3 Geometric interpretation for n ≤ 3
12.4 Exercises
12.4.1 n. 1 (p. 450)
(a) a +b = (5, 0, 9).
(b) a −b = (−3, 6, 3).
(c) a +b −c = (3, −1, 4).
(d) 7a −2b −3c = (−7, 24, 21).
(e) 2a +b −3c = (0, 0, 0).
12.4.2 n. 2 (p. 450)
The seven points to be drawn are the following:
µ
7
3
, 2

,
µ
5
2
,
5
2

,
µ
11
4
,
13
4

, (3, 4) , (4, 7) , (1, −2) , (0, −5)
The purpose of the exercise is achieved by drawing, as required, a single picture,
containing all the points (included the starting points A and B, I would say).
26 Vector algebra
It can be intuitively seen that, by letting t vary in all R, the straight line through
point A with direction given by the vector b ≡
−→
OB is obtained.
12.4.3 n. 3 (p. 450)
The seven points this time are the following:
µ
5
3
,
10
3

,
µ
2,
7
2

,
µ
5
2
,
15
4

, (3, 4) , (5, 5) , (−1, 2) , (−3, 1)
-3
-2
-1
0
1
2
3
4
5

-3 -2 -1 1 2 3 4 5
It can be intuitively seen that, by letting t vary in all R, the straight line through B
with direction given by the vector a ≡
−→
OA is obtained.
Exercises 27
12.4.4 n. 4 (p. 450)
(a) The seven points to be drawn are the following:
µ
3
2
, 2

,
µ
5
4
,
5
2

,
µ
4
3
,
7
3

, (3, −1) , (4, −3) ,
µ
1
2
, 4

, (0, 5)
The whole purpose of this part of the exercise is achieved by drawing a single picture,
containing all the points (included the starting points A and B, I would say). This
is made clear, it seems to me, by the question immediately following.
-4
-2
0
2
4

-4 -2 2 4
(b) It is hard not to notice that all points belong to the same straight line; indeed,
as it is going to be clear after the second lecture, all the combinations are affine.
(c) If the value of x is fixed at 0 and y varies in [0, 1], the segment OB is obtained;
the same construction with the value of x fixed at 1 yields the segment AD, where
−→
OD =
−→
OA+
−→
OB, and hence D is the vertex of the parallelogram with three vertices
at O, A, and B. Similarly, when x =
1
2
the segment obtained joins the midpoints of
the two sides OA and BD; and it is enough to repeat the construction a few more
times to convince oneself that the set
©
xa +yb : (x, y) ∈ [0, 1]
2
ª
is matched by the set of all points of the parallelogram OADB. The picture below
is made with the value of x fixed at 0,
1
4
,
1
2
,
3
4
, 1,
5
4
,
3
2
, and 2.
28 Vector algebra
0
1
2
3
4

0.5 1 1.5 2 2.5 3
(d) All the segments in the above construction are substituted by straight lines, and
the resulting set is the (infinite) stripe bounded by the lines containing the sides OB
and AD, of equation 3x −y = 0 and 3x −y = 5 respectively.
(e) The whole plane.
12.4.5 n. 5 (p. 450)
x
µ
2
1

+y
µ
1
3

=
µ
c
1
c
2

I 2x +y = c
1
II x + 3y = c
2
3I −II 5x = 3c
1
−c
2
2II −I 5y = 2c
2
−c
1
µ
c
1
c
2

=
3c
1
−c
2
5
µ
2
1

+
2c
2
−c
1
5
µ
1
3

12.4.6 n. 6 (p. 451)
(a)
d = x

¸
1
1
1
¸

+y

¸
0
1
1
¸

+z

¸
1
1
0
¸

=

¸
x +z
x +y +z
x +y
¸

(b)
I x +z = 0
II x +y +z = 0
III x +y = 0
I x = −z
(↑) ,→II y = 0
(↑) ,→III x = 0
(↑) ,→I z = 0
(c)
I x +z = 1
II x +y +z = 2
III x +y = 3
II −I y = 1
II −III z = −1
(↑) ,→I x = 2
Exercises 29
12.4.7 n. 7 (p. 451)
(a)
d = x

¸
1
1
1
¸

+y

¸
0
1
1
¸

+z

¸
2
1
1
¸

=

¸
x + 2z
x +y +z
x +y +z
¸

(b)
I x + 2z = 0
II x +y +z = 0
III x +y +z = 0
I x = −2z
(↑) ,→II y = z
z ←1 (−2, 1, 1)
(c)
I x + 2z = 1
II x +y +z = 2
III x +y +z = 3
III −II 0 = 1
12.4.8 n. 8 (p. 451)
(a)
d = x

¸
¸
¸
1
1
1
0
¸

+y

¸
¸
¸
0
1
1
1
¸

+z

¸
¸
¸
1
1
0
0
¸

=

¸
¸
¸
x +z
x +y +z
x +y
y
¸

(b)
I x +z = 0
II x +y +z = 0
III x +y = 0
IV y = 0
IV y = 0
IV ,→III x = 0
(↑) ,→I z = 0
II (check) 0 = 0
(c)
I x +z = 1
II x +y +z = 5
III x +y = 3
IV y = 4
IV y = 4
IV ,→III x = −1
(↑) ,→I z = 2
II (check) −1 + 4 + 2 = 5
(d)
I x +z = 1
II x +y +z = 2
III x +y = 3
IV y = 4
II −I −IV 0 = −3
30 Vector algebra
12.4.9 n. 9 (p. 451)
Let the two vectors u and v be both parallel to the vector w. According to the
definition at page 450 (just before the beginning of § 12.4), this means that there are
two real nonzero numbers α and β such that u = αw and v = βw. Then
u = αw = α
µ
v
β

=
α
β
v
that is, u is parallel to v.
12.4.10 n. 10 (p. 451)
Assumptions:
I c = a +b
II ∃k ∈ R ∼ {0} , a = kd
Claim:
(∃h ∈ R ∼ {0} , c = hd) ⇔(∃l ∈ R ∼ {0} , b = ld)
I present two possible lines of reasoning (among others, probably). If you look
carefully, they differ only in the phrasing.
1.
∃h ∈ R ∼ {0} , c = hd

I
∃h ∈ R ∼ {0} , a +b = hd

II
∃h ∈ R ∼ {0} , ∃k ∈ R ∼ {0} , kd +b = hd
⇔ ∃h ∈ R ∼ {0} , ∃k ∈ R ∼ {0} , b = (h −k) d
(b 6= 0) h 6= k

l≡h−k
∃l ∈ R ∼ {0} , b = ld
2. (⇒) Since (by I) we have b = c −a, if c is parallel to d, then (by II) b is the
difference of two vectors which are both parallel to d; it follows that b, which
is nonnull, is parallel to d too.
(⇐) Since (by I) we have c = a + b, if b is parallel to d, then (by II) c is
the sum of two vectors which are both parallel to d; it follows that c, which is
nonnull, is parallel to d too.
12.4.11 n. 11 (p. 451)
(b) Here is an illustration of the first distributive law
(α +β) v = αv +βv
Exercises 31
with v = (2, 1), α = 2, β = 3. The vectors v, αv, βv, αv + βv are displayed by
means of representative oriented segments from left to right, in black, red, blue, and
red-blue colour, respectively. The oriented segment representing vector (α +β) v is
above, in violet. The dotted lines are there just to make it clearer that the two
oriented segments representing αv + βv and (α +β) v are congruent, that is, the
vectors αv +βv and (α +β) v are the same.
0
2
4
6
8

2 4 6 8 10 12 14

tails are marked with a cross, heads with a diamond
An illustration of the second distributive law
α(u +v) = αu +αv
is provided by means of the vectors u = (1, 3), v = (2, 1), and the scalar α = 2. The
vectors u and αu are represented by means of blue oriented segments; the vectors
v and αv by means of red ones; u + v and α(u +v) by green ones; αu + αv is in
violet. The original vectors u, v, u + v are on the left; the “rescaled” vectors αu,
αv, α(u +v) on the right. Again, the black dotted lines are there just to emphasize
congruence.
32 Vector algebra
0
2
4
6
8

-4 -2 2 4 6 8

tails are marked with a cross, heads with a diamond
12.4.12 n. 12 (p. 451)
The statement to be proved is better understood if written in homogeneous form,
with all vectors represented by oriented segments:
−→
OA+
1
2
−→
AC =
1
2
−→
OB (12.1)
Since A and C are opposed vertices, the same holds for O and B; this means that
the oriented segment OB covers precisely one diagonal of the parallelogram OABC,
and AC precisely covers the other (in the rightward-downwards orientation), hence
what needs to be proved is the following:
−→
OA+
1
2
³
−→
OC −
−→
OA
´
=
1
2
³
−→
OA+
−→
OC
´
which is now seen to be an immediate consequence of the distributive properties.
In the picture below,
−→
OA is in red,
−→
OC in blue,
−→
OB =
−→
OA +
−→
OC in green, and
−→
AC =
−→
OC −
−→
OA in violet.
The dot product 33
The geometrical theorem expressed by equation (12.1) is the following:
Theorem 1 The two diagonals of every parallelogram intersect at a point which di-
vides them in two segments of equal length. In other words, the intersection point of
the two diagonals is the midpoint of both.
Indeed, the lefthand side of (12.1) is the vector represented by the oriented
segment OM, where M is the midpoint of diagonal AC (violet), whereas the righthand
side is the vector represented by the oriented segment ON, where N is the midpoint
of diagonal AB (green). More explicitly, the movement from O to M is described
as achieved by the composition of a first movement from O to A with a second
movement from A towards C, which stops halfway (red plus half the violet); whereas
the movement from A to N is described as a single movement from A toward B,
stopping halfway (half the green). Since (12.1) asserts that
−−→
OM =
−→
ON, equality
between M and N follows, and hence a proof of (12.1) is a proof of the theorem
12.5 The dot product
12.6 Length or norm of a vector
12.7 Orthogonality of vectors
12.8 Exercises
12.8.1 n. 1 (p. 456)
(a) ha, bi = −6
(b) hb, ci = 2
(c) ha, ci = 6
(d) ha, b +ci = 0
(e) ha −b, ci = 4
12.8.2 n. 2 (p. 456)
(a) ha, bi c =(2 · 2 + 4 · 6 + (−7) · 3) (3, 4, −5) = 7 (3, 4, −5) = (21, 28, −35)
(b) ha, b +ci = 2 · (2 + 3) + 4 · (6 + 4) + (−7) (3 −5) = 64
34 Vector algebra
(c) ha +b, ci = (2 + 2) · 3 + (4 + 6) · 4 + (−7 + 3) · (−5) = 72
(d) ahb, ci = (2, 4, −7) (2 · 3 + 6 · 4 + 3 · (−5)) = (2, 4, −7) 15 = (30, 60, −105)
(e)
a
hb,ci
=
(2,4,−7)
15
=
¡
2
15
,
4
15
, −
7
15
¢
12.8.3 n. 3 (p. 456)
The statement is false. Indeed,
ha, bi = ha, ci ⇔ha, b −ci = 0 ⇔a ⊥ b −c
and the difference b −c may well be orthogonal to a without being the null vector.
The simplest example that I can conceive is in R
2
:
a = (1, 0) b = (1, 1) c = (1, 2)
See also exercise 1, question (d).
12.8.4 n. 5 (p. 456)
The required vector, of coordinates (x, y, z) must satisfy the two conditions
h(2, 1, −1) , (x, y, z)i = 0
h(1, −1, 2) , (x, y, z)i = 0
that is,
I 2x +y −z = 0
II x −y + 2z = 0
I +II 3x +z = 0
2I +II 5x +y = 0
Thus the set of all such vectors can be represented in parametric form as follows:
{(α, −5α, −3α)}
α∈R
12.8.5 n. 6 (p. 456)
hc, bi = 0
c = xa +yb
¾
⇒ hxa +yb, bi = 0
⇔ xha, bi +y hb, bi = 0
⇔ 7x + 14y = 0
Let (x, y) ≡ (−2, 1). Then c = (1, 5, −4) 6= 0 and h(1, 5, −4) , (3, 1, 2)i = 0.
Exercises 35
12.8.6 n. 7 (p. 456)
1 (solution with explicit mention of coordinates) From the last condition, for
some α to be determined,
c = (α, 2α, −2α)
Substituting in the first condition,
d = a −c = (2 −α, −1 −2α, 2 + 2α)
Thus the second condition becomes
1 · (2 −α) + 2 · (−1 −2α) −2 (2 + 2α) = 0
that is,
−4 −9α = 0 α = −
4
9
and hence
c =
1
9
(−4, −8, 8)
d =
1
9
(22, −1, 10)
2 (same solution, with no mention of coordinates) From the last condition, for
some α to be determined,
c = αb
Substituting in the first condition,
d = a −c = a −αb
Thus the second condition becomes
hb, a −αbi = 0
that is,
hb, ai −αhb, bi = 0 α =
hb, ai
hb, bi
=
2 · 1 + (−1) · 2 + 2 · (−2)
1
2
+ 2
2
+ (−2)
2
= −
4
9
and hence
c =
1
9
(−4, −8, 8)
d =
1
9
(22, −1, 10)
36 Vector algebra
12.8.7 n. 10 (p. 456)
(a) b = (1, −1) or b = (−1, 1).
(b) b = (−1, −1) or b = (1, 1).
(c) b = (−3, −2) or b = (3, 2).
(d) b = (b, −a) or b = (−b, a).
12.8.8 n. 13 (p. 456)
If b is the required vector, the following conditions must be satisfied
ha, bi = 0 kbk = kak
If a = 0, then kak = 0 and hence b = 0 as well. If a 6= 0, let the coordinates of a be
given by the couple (α, β), and the coordinates of b by the couple (x, y). The above
conditions take the form
αx +βy = 0 x
2
+y
2
= α
2

2
Either α or β must be different from 0. Suppose α is nonzero (the situation is
completely analogous if β 6= 0 is assumed). Then the first equations gives
x = −
β
α
y (12.2)
and substitution in the second equation yields
µ
β
2
α
2
+ 1

y
2
= α
2

2
that is,
y
2
=
α
2

2
α
2

2
α
2
= α
2
and hence
y = ±α
Substituting back in (12.2) gives
x = ∓β
Thus there are only two solutions to the problem, namely, b = (−β, α) and b =
(β, −α) In particular,
(a) b = (−2, 1) or b = (2, −1).
(b) b = (2, −1) or b = (−2, 1).
(c) b = (−2, −1) or b = (2, 1).
(d) b = (−1, 2) or b = (1, −2)
Exercises 37
12.8.9 n. 14 (p. 456)
1 (right angle in C; solution with explicit mention of coordinates) Let (x, y, z)
be the coordinates of C. If the right angle is in C, the two vectors
−→
CA and
−→
CB must
be orthogonal. Thus
h[(2, −1, 1) −(x, y, z)] , [(3, −4, −4) −(x, y, z)]i = 0
that is,
h(2, −1, 1) , (3, −4, −4)i + h(x, y, z) , (x, y, z)i −h(2, −1, 1) + (3, −4, −4) , (x, y, z)i = 0
or
x
2
+y
2
+z
2
−5x + 5y + 3z + 6 = 0
The above equation, when rewritten in a more perspicuous way by “completion of
the squares”
µ
x −
5
2

2
+
µ
y +
5
2

2
+
µ
x +
3
2

2
=
25
4
is seen to define the sphere of center P =
¡
5
2
, −
5
2
, −
3
2
¢
and radius
5
2
.
2 (right angle in C; same solution, with no mention of coordinates) Let
a ≡
−→
OA b ≡
−→
OB x ≡
−→
OC
(stressing that the point C, hence the vector
−→
OC, is unknown). Then, orthogonality
of the two vectors
−→
CA = a −x
−→
CB = b −x
is required; that is,
ha −x, b −xi = 0
or
ha, bi −ha +b, xi + hx, xi = 0
Equivalently,
kxk
2
−2
¿
a +b
2
, x
À
+
°
°
°
°
a +b
2
°
°
°
°
2
=
°
°
°
°
a +b
2
°
°
°
°
2
−ha, bi
°
°
°
°
x −
a +b
2
°
°
°
°
2
=
°
°
°
°
a −b
2
°
°
°
°
2
38 Vector algebra
The last characterization of the solution to our problem shows that the solution set is
the locus of all points having fixed distance (
°
°
a−b
2
°
°
) from the midpoint of the segment
AB. Indeed, if π is any plane containing AB, and C is any point of the circle of π
having AB as diameter, it is known by elementary geometry that the triangle ACB
is rectangle in C.
3 (right angle in B; solution with explicit mention of coordinates) With
this approach, the vectors required to be orthogonal are
−→
BA and
−→
BC. Since
−→
BA =
(−1, 3, 5) and
−→
BC = (x −1, y + 4, z + 4), the following must hold
0 =
D
−→
BA,
−→
BC
E
= 1 −x + 3y + 12 + 5z + 20
that is,
x −3y −5z = 33
The solution set is the plane π through B and orthogonal to (1, −3, −5).
4 (right angle in B; same solution, with no mention of coordinates) Pro-
ceeding as in the previous point, with the notation of point 2, the condition to be
required is
0 = ha −b, x −bi
that is,
ha −b, xi = ha −b, bi
Thus the solution plane π is seen to be through B and orthogonal to the segment
connecting point B to point A.
Exercises 39
5 (right angle in B) It should be clear at this stage that the solution set in this
case is the plane π
0
through A and orthogonal to AB, of equation
hb −a, xi = hb −a, ai
It is also clear that π and π
0
are parallel.
12.8.10 n. 15 (p. 456)
I c
1
−c
2
+ 2c
3
= 0
II 2c
1
+c
2
−c
3
= 0
I +II 3c
1
+c
3
= 0
I + 2II 5c
1
+c
2
= 0
c = (−1, 5, 3)
12.8.11 n. 16 (p. 456)
p = (3α, 4α)
q = (4β, −3β)
I 3α + 4β = 1
II 4α −3β = 2
4II + 3I 25α = 11
4I −3II 25β = −2
(α, β) =
1
25
(11, −2)
p =
1
25
(33, 44) q =
1
25
(−8, 6)
12.8.12 n. 17 (p. 456)
The question is identical to the one already answered in exercise 7 of this section.
Recalling solution 2 to that exercise, we have that p ≡
−→
OP must be equal to αb =
α
−→
OB, with
α =
ha, bi
hb, bi
=
10
4
Thus
p =
µ
5
2
,
5
2
,
5
2
,
5
2

q =
µ

3
2
, −
1
2
,
1
2
,
3
2

40 Vector algebra
12.8.13 n. 19 (p. 456)
It has been quickly seen in class that
ka +bk
2
= kak
2
+ kbk
2
+ 2 ha, bi
substituting −b to b, I obtain
ka −bk
2
= kak
2
+ kbk
2
−2 ha, bi
By subtraction,
ka +bk
2
−ka −bk
2
= 4 ha, bi
as required. You should notice that the above identity has been already used at the
end of point 2 in the solution to exercise 14 of the present section.
Concerning the geometrical interpretation of the special case of the above
identity
ka +bk
2
= ka −bk
2
if and only if ha, bi = 0
it is enough to notice that orthogonality of a and b is equivalent to the property
for the parallelogram OACB (in the given order around the perimeter, that is, with
vertex C opposed to the vertex in the origin O) to be a rectangle; and that in such
a rectangle ka +bk and ka −bk measure the lengths of the two diagonals.
12.8.14 n. 20 (p. 456)
ka +bk
2
+ ka −bk
2
= ha +b, a +bi + ha −b, a −bi
= ha, ai + 2 ha, bi + hb, bi + ha, ai −2 ha, bi + hb, bi
= 2 kak
2
+ 2 kbk
2
The geometric theorem expressed by the above identity can be stated as follows:
Theorem 2 In every parallelogram, the sum of the squares of the four sides equals
the sum of the squares of the diagonals.
12.8.15 n. 21 (p. 457)
Exercises 41
Let A, B, C, and D be the four vertices of the quadrilateral, starting from left
in clockwise order, and let M and N be the midpoint of the diagonals
−→
AC and
−→
DB.
In order to simplify the notation, let
u ≡
−→
AB, v ≡
−→
BC, w ≡
−→
CD, z ≡
−→
DA = −(u +v +w)
Then
c ≡
−→
AC = u +v d ≡
−→
DB = u +z = −(v +w)
−−→
MN =
−→
AN −
−−→
AM = u −
1
2
d −
1
2
c
2
−−→
MN = 2u+(v +w) −(u +v) = w +u
4
°
°
°
−−→
MN
°
°
°
2
= kwk
2
+ kuk
2
+ 2 hw, ui
kzk
2
= kuk
2
+ kvk
2
+ kwk
2
+ 2 hu, vi + 2 hu, wi + 2 hv, wi
kck
2
= kuk
2
+ kvk
2
+ 2 hu, vi
kdk
2
= kvk
2
+ kwk
2
+ 2 hv, wi
We are now in the position to prove the theorem.
¡
kuk
2
+ kvk
2
+ kwk
2
+ kzk
2
¢

¡
kck
2
+ kdk
2
¢
= kzk
2
−kvk
2
−2 hu, vi −2 hv, wi
= kuk
2
+ kwk
2
+ 2 hu, wi
= 4
°
°
°
−−→
MN
°
°
°
2
12.8.16 n. 22 (p. 457)
Orthogonality of xa +yb and 4ya −9xb amounts to
0 = hxa +yb, 4ya −9xbi
= −9 ha, bi x
2
+ 4 ha, bi y
2
+
¡
4 kak
2
−9 kbk
2
¢
xy
Since the above must hold for every couple (x, y), choosing x = 0 and y = 1 gives
ha, bi = 0; thus the condition becomes
¡
4 kak
2
−9 kbk
2
¢
xy = 0
and choosing now x = y = 1 gives
4 kak
2
= 9 kbk
2
Since kak is known to be equal to 6, it follows that kbk is equal to 4.
42 Vector algebra
Finally, since a and b have been shown to be orthogonal,
k2a + 3bk
2
= k2ak
2
+ k3bk
2
+ 2 h2a, 3bi
= 2
2
· 6
2
+ 3
2
· 4
2
+ 2 · 2 · 3 · 0
= 2
5
· 3
2
and hence
k2a + 3bk = 12

2
12.8.17 n. 24 (p. 457)
This is once again the question raised in exercises 7 and 17, in the general context of
the linear space R
n
(where n ∈ N is arbitrary). Since the coordinate-free version of
the solution procedure is completely independent from the number of coordinates of
the vectors involved, the full answer to the problem has already been seen to be
c =
hb, ai
ha, ai
a
d = b −
hb, ai
ha, ai
a
12.8.18 n. 25 (p. 457)
(a) For every x ∈ R,
ka +xbk
2
= kak
2
+x
2
kbk
2
+ 2xha, bi
= kak
2
+x
2
kbk
2
if a ⊥ b
≥ kak
2
if a ⊥ b
(b) Since the norm of any vector is nonnegative, the following biconditional is true:
(∀x ∈ R, ka +xbk ≥ kak) ⇔
¡
∀x ∈ R, ka +xbk
2
≥ kak
2
¢
Moreover, by pure computation, the following biconditional is true:
∀x ∈ R, ka +xbk
2
−kak
2
≥ 0 ⇔∀x ∈ R, x
2
kbk
2
+ 2xha, bi ≥ 0
If ha, bi is positive, the trinomial x
2
kbk
2
+ 2xha, bi is negative for all x in the open
interval
³

2ha,bi
kbk
2
, 0
´
; if it is negative, the trinomial is negative in the open interval
³
0, −
2ha,bi
kbk
2
´
. It follows that the trinomial can be nonnegative for every x ∈ R only
if ha, bi is zero, that is, only if it reduces to the second degree term x
2
kbk
2
. In
conclusion, I have proved that the conditional
(∀x ∈ R, ka +xbk ≥ kak) ⇒ha, bi = 0
is true.
Projections. Angle between vectors in n-space 43
12.9 Projections. Angle between vectors in n-space
12.10 The unit coordinate vectors
12.11 Exercises
12.11.1 n. 1 (p. 460)
ha, bi = 11 kbk
2
= 9
The projection of a along b is
11
9
b =
µ
11
9
,
22
9
,
22
9

12.11.2 n. 2 (p. 460)
ha, bi = 10 kbk
2
= 4
The projection of a along b is
10
4
b =
µ
5
2
,
5
2
,
5
2
,
5
2

12.11.3 n. 3 (p. 460)
(a)
cos
c
ai =
ha, ii
kak kik
=
6
7
cos
c
aj =
ha, ji
kak kjk
=
3
7
cos
c
ai =
ha, ki
kak kkk
= −
2
7
(b) There are just two vectors as required, the unit direction vector u of a, and its
opposite:
u =
a
kak
=
µ
6
7
,
3
7
, −
2
7


a
kak
=
µ

6
7
, −
3
7
,
2
7

44 Vector algebra
12.11.4 n. 5 (p. 460)
Let
A ≡ (2, −1, 1) B ≡ (1, −3, −5) C ≡ (3, −4, −4)
p ≡
−→
BC = (2, −1, 1) q ≡
−→
CA = (−1, 3, 5) r ≡
−→
AB = (−1, −2, −6)
Then
cos
b
A =
h−q, ri
k−qk krk
=
35

35

41
=

35

41
41
cos
b
B =
hp, −ri
kpk k−rk
=
6

6

41
=

6

41
41
cos
b
C =
h−p, qi
k−pk kqk
=
0

6

35
= 0
There is some funny occurrence in this exercise, which makes a wrong solution
apparently correct (or almost correct), if one looks only at numerical results. The
angles in A, B, C, as implicitly argued above, are more precisely described as B
b
AC,
C
b
BA, A
b
CB; that is, as the three angles of triangle ABC. If some confusion is made
between points and vectors, and/or angles, one may be led into operate directly with
the coordinates of points A, B, C in place of the coordinates of vectors
−→
BC,
−→
AC,
−→
AB,
respectively. This amounts to work, as a matter of fact, with the vectors
−→
OA,
−→
OB,
−→
OC, therefore computing
D
−→
OB,
−→
OC
E
°
°
°
−→
OB
°
°
°
°
°
°
−→
OC
°
°
°
= cos B
b
OC an angle of triangle OBC
D
−→
OC,
−→
OA
E
°
°
°
−→
OC
°
°
°
°
°
°
−→
OA
°
°
°
= cos C
b
OA an angle of triangle OCA
D
−→
OA,
−→
OB
E
°
°
°
−→
OA
°
°
°
°
°
°
−→
OB
°
°
°
= cos A
b
OB an angle of triangle OAB
instead of cos B
b
AC, cos C
b
BA, cos A
b
CB, respectively. Up to this point, there is
nothing funny in doing that; it’s only a mistake, and a fairly bad one, being of
conceptual type. The funny thing is in the numerical data of the exercise: it so
happens that
1. points A, B, C are coplanar with the origin O; more than that,
2.
−→
OA =
−→
BC and
−→
OB =
−→
AC; more than that,
Exercises 45
3. A
b
OB is a right angle.
Point 1 already singles out a somewhat special situation, but point 2 makes
OACB a parallelogram, and point 3 makes it even a rectangle.
−→
OA red,
−→
OB blue,
−→
OC green, AB violet
It turns out, therefore, that
°
°
°
−→
OA
°
°
° =
°
°
°
−→
BC
°
°
° = kpk
°
°
°
−→
OB
°
°
° =
°
°
°
−→
AC
°
°
° = k−qk = kqk
°
°
°
−→
OC
°
°
° =
°
°
°
−→
AB
°
°
° = krk
C
b
OA = C
b
BA B
b
OC = B
b
AC A
b
OB = A
b
CB
and such a special circumstance leads a wrong solution to yield the right numbers.
12.11.5 n. 6 (p. 460)
Since
ka +c ±bk
2
= ka +ck
2
+ kbk
2
± 2 ha +c, bi
from
ka +c +bk = ka +c −bk
it is possible to deduce
ha +c, bi = 0
This is certainly true, as a particular case, if c = −a, which immediately implies
c ac = π
c
bc = π −
c
ab =
7
8
π
46 Vector algebra
Moreover, even if a +c = 0 is not assumed, the same conclusion holds. Indeed, from
hc, bi = −ha, bi
and
kck = kak
it is easy to check that
cos
c
bc =
hb, ci
kbk kck
= −
ha, ci
kbk kak
= −cos
c
ab
and hence that
c
bc = π ±c ac =
7
8
π,
9
8
π (the second value being superfluous).
12.11.6 n. 8 (p. 460)
We have
kak =

n kb
n
k =
r
n(n + 1) (2n + 1)
6
ha, b
n
i =
n(n + 1)
2
cos
[
ab
n
=
n(n+1)
2

n
q
n(n+1)(2n+1)
6
=
v
u
u
t
n
2
(n+1)
2
4
n
2
(n+1)(2n+1)
6
=
r
3
2
n + 1
2n + 1
lim
n→+∞
cos
[
ab
n
=

3
2
lim
n→+∞
[
ab
n
=
π
3
12.11.7 n. 10 (p. 461)
(a)
ha, bi = cos ϑsin ϑ −cos ϑsin ϑ = 0
kak
2
= kbk
2
= cos
2
ϑ + sin
2
ϑ = 1
(b) The system
µ
cos ϑ sin ϑ
−sin ϑ cos ϑ
¶µ
x
y

=
µ
x
y

that is,
µ
cos ϑ −1 sin ϑ
−sin ϑ cos ϑ −1
¶µ
x
y

=
µ
0
0

has the trivial solution as its unique solution if
¯
¯
¯
¯
cos ϑ −1 sin ϑ
−sin ϑ cos ϑ −1
¯
¯
¯
¯
6= 0
Exercises 47
The computation gives
1 + cos
2
ϑ + sin
2
ϑ −2 cos ϑ 6= 0
2 (1 −cos ϑ) 6= 0
cos ϑ 6= 1
ϑ / ∈ {2kπ}
k∈Z
Thus if
ϑ ∈ {(−2kπ, (2k + 1) π)}
k∈Z
the only vector satisfying the required condition is (0, 0). On the other hand, if
ϑ ∈ {2kπ}
k∈Z
the coefficient matrix of the above system is the identity matrix, and every vector in
R
2
satisfies the required condition.
12.11.8 n. 11 (p. 461)
Let OABC be a rhombus, which I have taken (without loss of generality) with one
vertex in the origin O and with vertex B opposed to O. Let
a ≡
−→
OA (red) b ≡
−→
OB (green) c ≡
−→
OC (blue)
Since OABC is a parallelogram, the oriented segments AB (blue, dashed) and OB
are congruent, and the same is true for CB (red, dashed) and OA. Thus
−→
AB = b
−→
CB = a
From elementary geometry (see exercise 12 of section 4) the intersection point M of
the two diagonals OB (green) and AC (violet) is the midpoint of both.
The assumption that OABC is a rhombus is expressed by the equality
kak = kck ((rhombus))
48 Vector algebra
The statement to be proved is orthogonality between the diagonals
D
−→
OB,
−→
AC
E
= 0
that is,
ha +c, c −ai = 0
or
kck
2
−kak
2
+ ha, ci −hc, ai = 0
and hence (by commutativity)
kck
2
= kak
2
The last equality is an obvious consequence of ((rhombus)). As a matter of fact, since
norms are nonnegative real numbers, the converse is true, too. Thus a parallelogram
has orthogonal diagonals if and only if it is a rhombus.
12.11.9 n. 13 (p. 461)
The equality to be proved is straightforward. The “law of cosines” is often called
Theorem 3 (Carnot) In every triangle, the square of each side is the sum of the
squares of the other two sides, minus their double product multiplied by the cosine of
the angle they form.
The equality in exam can be readily interpreted according to the theorem’s
statement, since in every parallelogram ABCD with a =
−→
AB and b =
−→
AC the
diagonal vector
−→
CB is equal to a − b, so that the triangle ABC has side vectors a,
b, and a −b. The theorem specializes to Pythagoras’ theorem when a ⊥ b.
12.11.10 n. 17 (p. 461)
(a) That the function
R
n
→R, a 7→
X
i∈n
|a
i
|
is positive can be seen by the same arguments used for the ordinary norm; nonnega-
tivity is obvious, and strict positivity still relies on the fact that a sum of concordant
numbers can only be zero if all the addends are zero. Homogeneity is clear, too:
∀a ∈ R
n
, ∀α ∈ R,
kαak =
X
i∈n
|αa
i
| =
X
i∈n
|α| |a
i
| = |α|
X
i∈n
|a
i
| = |α| kak
Exercises 49
Finally, the triangle inequality is much simpler to prove for the present norm (some-
times referred to as “the taxi-cab norm”) than for the euclidean norm:
∀a ∈ R
n
, ∀b ∈ R
n
,
ka +bk =
X
i∈n
|a
i
+b
i
| ≤
X
i∈n
|a
i
| + |b
i
| =
X
i∈n
|a
i
| +
X
i∈n
|b
i
|
= kak + kbk
(b) The subset of R
2
to be described is
S ≡
©
(x, y) ∈ R
2
: |x| + |y| = 1
ª
= S
++
∪ S
−+
∪ S
−−
∪ S
+−
where
S
++

©
(x, y) ∈ R
2
+
: x +y = 1
ª
(red)
S
−+
≡ {(x, y) ∈ R

×R
+
: −x +y = 1} (green)
S
−−

©
(x, y) ∈ R
2

: −x −y = 1
ª
(violet)
S
+−
≡ {(x, y) ∈ R
+
×R

: x −y = 1} (blue)
Once the lines whose equations appear in the definitions of the four sets above are
drawn, it is apparent that S is a square, with sides parallel to the quadrant bisectrices
-2
-1
0
1
2

-2 -1 1 2
(c) The function
f : R
n
→R, a 7→
X
i∈n
|a
i
|
is nonnegative, but not positive (e.g., for n = 2, f (x, −x) = 0 ∀x ∈ R). It is
homogeneous:
∀a ∈ R
n
, ∀α ∈ R,
kαak =
¯
¯
¯
¯
¯
X
i∈n
αa
i
¯
¯
¯
¯
¯
=
¯
¯
¯
¯
¯
α
X
i∈n
a
i
¯
¯
¯
¯
¯
= |α|
¯
¯
¯
¯
¯
X
i∈n
a
i
¯
¯
¯
¯
¯
= |α| kak
50 Vector algebra
Finally, f is subadditive, too (this is another way of saying that the triangle inequality
holds). Indeed,
∀a ∈ R
n
, ∀b ∈ R
n
,
ka +bk =
¯
¯
¯
¯
¯
X
i∈n
(a
i
+b
i
)
¯
¯
¯
¯
¯
=
¯
¯
¯
¯
¯
X
i∈n
a
i
+
X
i∈n
b
i
¯
¯
¯
¯
¯

¯
¯
¯
¯
¯
X
i∈n
a
i
¯
¯
¯
¯
¯
+
¯
¯
¯
¯
¯
X
i∈n
b
i
¯
¯
¯
¯
¯
= kak + kbk
12.12 The linear span of a finite set of vectors
12.13 Linear independence
12.14 Bases
12.15 Exercises
12.15.1 n. 1 (p. 467)
x(i −j) +y (i +j) = (x +y, y −x)
(a) x +y = 1 and y −x = 0 yield (x, y) =
¡
1
2
,
1
2
¢
.
(b) x +y = 0 and y −x = 1 yield (x, y) =
¡

1
2
,
1
2
¢
.
(c) x +y = 3 and y −x = −5 yield (x, y) = (4, −1).
(d) x +y = 7 and y −x = 5 yield (x, y) = (1, 6).
12.15.2 n. 3 (p. 467)
I 2x +y = 2
II −x + 2y = −11
III x −y = 7
I +III 3x = 9
II +III y = −4
III (check) 3 + 4 = 7
The solution is (x, y) = (3, −4).
Exercises 51
12.15.3 n. 5 (p. 467)
(a) If there exists some α ∈ R ∼ {0} such that

a = αb, then the linear combination
1a−αb is nontrivial and it generates the null vector; a and b are linearly dependent.
(b) The argument is best formulated by counterposition, by proving that if a and b
are linearly dependent, then they are parallel. Let a and b nontrivially generate the
null vector: αa + βb = 0 (according to the definition, at least one between α and β
is nonzero; but in the present case they are both nonzero, since a and b have been
assumed both different from the null vector; indeed, αa + βb = 0 with α = 0 and
β 6= 0 implies b = 0, and αa + βb = 0 with β = 0 and α 6= 0 implies a = 0). Thus
αa = −βb, and hence a = −
β
α
b (or b = −
α
β
a, if you prefer).
12.15.4 n. 6 (p. 467)
Linear independency of the vectors (a, b) and (c, d) has been seen in the lectures
(proof of Steinitz’ theorem, part 1) to be equivalent to non existence of nontrivial
solutions to the system
ax +cy = 0
bx +dy = 0
The system is linear and homogeneous, and has unknowns and equations in equal
number (hence part 2 of the proof of Steinitz’ theorem does not apply). I argue by
the principle of counterposition. If a nontrivial solution (x, y) exists, both (a, c) and
(b, d) must be proportional to (y, −x) (see exercise 10, section 8), and hence to each
other. Then, from (a, c) = h(b, d) it is immediate to derive ad−bc = 0. The converse
is immediate, too
12.15.5 n. 7 (p. 467)
By the previous exercise, it is enough to require
(1 +t)
2
−(1 −t)
2
6= 0
4t 6= 0
t 6= 0
12.15.6 n. 8 (p. 467)
(a) The linear combination
1i + 1j + 1k + (−1) (i +j +k)
is nontrivial and spans the null vector.
(b) Since, for every (α, β, γ) ∈ R
3
,
αi +βj +γk = (α, β, γ)

Even if parallelism is defined more broadly − see the footnote in exercise 9 of section 4 − α
cannot be zero in the present case, because both a and b have been assumed different from the null
vector.
52 Vector algebra
it is clear that
∀(α, β, γ) ∈ R
3
, (αi +βj +γk = 0) ⇒α = β = γ = 0
so that the triple (i, j, k) is linearly independent.
(c) Similarly, for every (α, β, γ) ∈ R
3
,
αi +βj +γ (i +j +k) = (α +γ, β +γ, γ)
and hence from
αi +βj +γ (i +j +k) = 0
it follows
α +γ = 0 β +γ = 0 γ = 0
that is,
α = β = γ = 0
showing that the triple (i, j, i +j +k) is linearly independent.
(d) The last argument can be repeated almost verbatim for triples (i, i +j +k, k)
and (i +j +k, j, k), taking into account that
αi +β (i +j +k) +γk = (α +β, β, β + γ)
α(i +j +k) +βj +γk = (α, α +β, α +γ)
12.15.7 n. 10 (p. 467)
(a) Again from the proof of Steinitz’ theorem, part 1, consider the system
I x +y +z = 0
II y +z = 0
III 3z = 0
It is immediate to derive that its unique solution is the trivial one, and hence that
the given triple is linearly independent.
(b) We need to consider the following two systems:
I x +y +z = 0
II y +z = 1
III 3z = 0
I x +y +z = 0
II y +z = 0
III 3z = 1
It is again immediate that the unique solutions to the systems are (−1, 1, 0) and
¡
0, −
1
3
,
1
3
¢
respectively.
Exercises 53
(c) The system to study is the following:
I x +y +z = 2
II y +z = −3
III 3z = 5
III z =
5
3
(↑) ,→II y = −
14
3
(↑) ,→I x = 5
(d) For an arbitrary triple (a, b, c), the system
I x +y +z = a
II y +z = b
III 3z = c
has the (unique) solution
¡
a −b, b −
c
3
,
c
3
¢
. Thus the given triple spans R
3
, and it is
linearly independent (as seen at a).
12.15.8 n. 12 (p. 467)
(a) Let xa +yb +zc = 0, that is,
x +z = 0
x +y +z = 0
x +y = 0
y = 0
then y, x, and z are in turn seen to be equal to 0, from the fourth, third, and first
equation in that order. Thus (a, b, c) is a linearly independent triple.
(b) Any nontrivial linear combination d of the given vectors makes (a, b, c, d) a
linearly dependent quadruple. For example, d ≡ a +b +c = (2, 3, 2, 1)
(c) Let e ≡ (−1, −1, 1, 3), and suppose xa +yb +zc +te = 0, that is,
x +z −t = 0
x +y +z −t = 0
x +y +t = 0
y + 3t = 0
Then, subtracting the first equation from the second, gives y = 0, and hence t, x,
and z are in turn seen to be equal to 0, from the fourth, third, and first equation in
that order. Thus (a, b, c, e) is linearly independent.
(d) The coordinates of x with respect to {a, b, c, e}, which has just been seen to be
a basis of R
4
, are given as the solution (s, t, u, v) to the following system:
s +u −v = 1
s +t +u −v = 2
s +t +v = 3
t + 3v = 4
54 Vector algebra
It is more direct and orderly to work just with the table formed by the system
(extended) matrix
¡
A x
¢
, and to perform elementary row operations and column
exchanges.

¸
¸
¸
¸
¸
¸
¸
s t u v x
1 0 1 −1 1
1 1 1 −1 2
1 1 0 1 3
0 1 0 3 4
¸

a
1
↔a
3
,
2
a
0

2
a
0

1
a
0

¸
¸
¸
¸
¸
¸
¸
u t s v x
1 0 1 −1 1
0 1 0 0 1
0 1 1 1 3
0 1 0 3 4
¸

a
2
↔a
3
,
2
a
0

3
a
0

¸
¸
¸
¸
¸
¸
¸
u s t v x
1 1 0 −1 1
0 1 1 1 3
0 0 1 0 1
0 0 1 3 4
¸

4
a
0

4
a
0

3
a
0

¸
¸
¸
¸
¸
¸
¸
u s t v x
1 1 0 −1 1
0 1 1 1 3
0 0 1 0 1
0 0 0 3 3
¸

Thus the system has been given the following form:
u +s −v = 1
s +t +v = 3
t = 1
3v = 3
which is easily solved from the bottom to the top: (s, t, u, v) = (1, 1, 1, 1).
Exercises 55
12.15.9 n. 13 (p. 467)
(a)
α
¡√
3, 1, 0
¢

¡
1,

3, 1
¢

¡
0, 1,

3
¢
= (0, 0, 0)

I

3α +β = 0
II α +

3β +γ = 0
III β +

3γ = 0

I

3α +β = 0

3II −III −I 2β = 0
III β +

3γ = 0
⇔ (α, β, γ) = (0, 0, 0)
and the three given vectors are linearly independent.
(b)
α
¡√
2, 1, 0
¢

¡
1,

2, 1
¢

¡
0, 1,

2
¢
= (0, 0, 0)

I

2α +β = 0
II α +

2β +γ = 0
III β +

2γ = 0
This time the sum of equations I and III (multiplied by

2) is the same as twice
equation II, and a linear dependence in the equation system suggests that it may
well have nontrivial solutions. Indeed,
¡√
2, −2,

2
¢
is such a solution. Thus the
three given triple of vectors is linearly dependent.
(c)
α(t, 1, 0) +β (1, t, 1) +γ (0, 1, t) = (0, 0, 0)

I tα +β = 0
II α +tβ +γ = 0
III β +tγ = 0
It is clear that t = 0 makes the triple linearly dependent (the first and third vector
coincide in this case). Let us suppose, then, t 6= 0. From I and III, as already
noticed, I deduce that α = γ. Equations II and III then become
tβ + 2γ = 0
β +tγ = 0
a 2 by 2 homogeneous system with determinant of coefficient matrix equal to t
2
−2.
Such a system has nontrivial solutions for t ∈
©√
2, −

2
ª
. In conclusion, the given
triple is linearly dependent for t ∈
©
0,

2, −

2
ª
.
56 Vector algebra
12.15.10 n. 14 (p. 468)
Call as usual u, v, w, and z the four vectors given in each case, in the order.
(a) It is clear that v = u + w, so that v can be dropped. Moreover, every linear
combination of u and w has the form (x, y, x, y), and cannot be equal to z. Thus
(u, w, z) is a maximal linearly independent triple.
(b) Notice that
1
2
(u +z) = e
(1)
1
2
(u −v) = e
(2)
1
2
(v −w) = e
(3)
1
2
(w−z) = e
(4)
Since (u, v, w, z) spans the four canonical vectors, it is a basis of R
4
. Thus (u, v, w, z)
is maximal linearly independent.
(c) Similarly,
u −v = e
(1)
v −w = e
(2)
w−z = e
(3)
z = e
(4)
and (u, v, w, z) is maximal linearly independent.
12.15.11 n. 15 (p. 468)
(a) Since the triple (a, b, c) is linearly independent,
α(a +b) +β (b +c) +γ (a +c) = 0
⇔ (α +γ) a + (α +β) b + (β +γ) c = 0

I α +γ = 0
II α +β = 0
III β +γ = 0

I +II −III 2α = 0
−I +II +III 2β = 0
I −II +III 2γ = 0
and the triple (a +b, b +c, a +c) is linearly independent, too
(b) On the contrary, choosing as nontrivial coefficient triple (α, β, γ) ≡ (1, −1, 1),
(a −b) −(b +c) + (a +c) = 0
it is seen that the triple (a −b, b +c, a +c) is linearly dependent.
12.15.12 n. 17 (p. 468)
Let a ≡ (0, 1, 1) and b ≡ (1, 1, 1); I look for two possible alternative choices of a
vector c ≡ (x, y, z) such that the triple (a, b, c) is linearly independent. Since
αa +βb +γc = (β +γx, α +β +γy, α +β +γz)
Exercises 57
my choice of x, y, and z must be such to make the following conditional statement
true for each (α, β, γ) ∈ R
3
:
I β +γx = 0
II α +β +γy = 0
III α +β +γz = 0

α = 0
β = 0
γ = 0
Subtracting equation III from equation II, I obtain
γ (y −z) = 0
Thus any choice of c with y 6= z makes γ = 0 a consequence of II-III; in such a case,
I yields β = 0 (independently of the value assigned to x), and then either II or III
yields α = 0. Conversely, if y = z, equations II and III are the same, and system
I-III has infinitely many nontrivial solutions
α = −γy −β
β = −γx
γ free
provided either x or y (hence z) is different from zero.
As an example, possible choices for c are (0, 0, 1), (0, 1, 0), (1, 0, 1), (1, 1, 0).
12.15.13 n. 18 (p. 468)
The first example of basis containing the two given vectors is in point (c) of exercise
14 in this section, since the vectors u and v there coincide with the present ones.
Keeping the same notation, a second example is (u, v, w +z, w−z).
12.15.14 n. 19 (p. 468)
(a) It is enough to prove that each element of T belongs to lin S, since each element
of lin T is a linear combination in T, and S, as any subspace of a vector space, is
closed with respect to formation of linear combinations. Let u, v, and w be the three
elements of S (in the given order), and let a and b be the two elements of T (still in
the given order); it is then readily checked that
a = u −w b = 2w
(b) The converse inclusion holds as well. Indeed,
v = a −b w =
1
2
b u = v +w = a −
1
2
b
Thus
lin S = lin T
58 Vector algebra
Similarly, if c and d are the two elements of U,
c = u +v d = u + 2v
which proves that lin U ⊆ lin S. Inverting the above formulas,
u = 2c −d v = d −c
It remains to be established whether or not w is an element of lin U. Notice that
αc +βd = (α +β, 2α + 3β, 3α + 5β)
It follows that w is an element of lin U if and only if there exists (α, β) ∈ R
2
such
that

I α +β = 1
II 2α + 3β = 0
III 3α + 5β = −1
The above system has the unique solution (3, −2), which proves that lin S ⊆ linU.
In conclusion,
linS = linT = lin U
12.15.15 n. 20 (p. 468)
(a) The claim has already been proved in the last exercise, since from A ⊆ B I can
infer A ⊆ lin B, and hence lin A ⊆ lin B.
(b) By the last result, from A ∩ B ⊆ A and A ∩ B ⊆ B I infer
lin A∩ B ⊆ lin A linA ∩ B ⊆ lin B
which yields
lin A∩ B ⊆ lin A∩ linB
(c) It is enough to define
A ≡ {a, b} B ≡ {a +b}
where the couple (a, b) is linearly independent. Indeed,
B ⊆ lin A
and hence, by part (a) of last exercise,
lin B ⊆ lin lin A = lin A
lin A∩ lin B = lin B
On the other hand,
A∩ B = ∅ lin A∩ B = {0}
The vector space V
n
(C) of n-tuples of complex numbers 59
12.16 The vector space V
n
(C) of n-tuples of complex numbers
12.17 Exercises
60 Vector algebra
Chapter 13
APPLICATIONS OF VECTOR ALGEBRA TO ANALYTIC
GEOMETRY
13.1 Introduction
13.2 Lines in n-space
13.3 Some simple properties of straight lines
13.4 Lines and vector-valued functions
13.5 Exercises
13.5.1 n. 1 (p. 477)
A direction vector for the line L is
−→
PQ = (4, 0), showing that L is horizontal. Thus
a point belongs to L if and only if its second coordinate is equal to 1. Among the
given points, (b), (d), and (e) belong to L.
13.5.2 n. 2 (p. 477)
A direction vector for the line L is v ≡
1
2
−→
PQ = (−2, 1). The parametric equations
for L are
x = 2 −2t
y = −1 +t
If t = 1 I get point (a) (the origin). Points (b), (d) and (e) have the second coordinate
equal to 1, which requires t = 2. This gives x = −2, showing that of the three points
only (e) belongs to L. Finally, point (c) does not belong to L, because y = 2 requires
t = 3, which yields x = −4 6= 1.
62 Applications of vector algebra to analytic geometry
13.5.3 n. 3 (p. 477)
The parametric equations for L are
x = −3 +h
y = 1 −2h
z = 1 + 3h
The following points belong to L:
(c) (h = 1) (d) (h = −1) (e) (h = 5)
13.5.4 n. 4 (p. 477)
The parametric equations for L are
x = −3 + 4k
y = 1 +k
z = 1 + 6h
The following points belong to L:
(b) (h = −1) (e)
µ
h =
1
2

(f)
µ
h =
1
3

A direction vector for the line L is
−→
PQ = (4, 0), showing that L is horizontal.
Thus a point belongs to L if and only if its second coordinate is equal to 1. Among
the given points, (b), (d), and (e) belong to L.
13.5.5 n. 5 (p. 477)
I solve each case in a different a way.
(a)
−→
PQ = (2, 0, −2)
−→
QR = (−1, −2, 2)
The two vectors are not parallel, hence the three points do not belong to the same
line.
(b) Testing affine dependence,
I 2h + 2k + 3l = 0
II −2h + 3k +l = 0
III −6h + 4k +l = 0
I −2II +III 2l = 0
I +II 5k + 4l = 0
2I −III 10h + 5l = 0
the only combination which is equal to the null vector is the trivial one. The three
points do not belong to the same line.
Exercises 63
(c) The line through P and R has equations
x = 2 + 3k
y = 1 −2k
z = 1
Trying to solve for k with the coordinates of Q, I get k = −
4
3
from the first equation
and k = −1 from the second; Q does not belong to L(P, R).
13.5.6 n. 6 (p. 477)
The question is easy, but it must be answered by following some orderly path, in
order to achieve some economy of thought and of computations (there are
¡
8
2
¢
= 28
different oriented segments joining two of the eight given points. First, all the eight
points have their third coordinate equal to 1, and hence they belong to the plane
π of equation z = 1. We can concentrate only on the first two coordinates, and,
as a matter of fact, we can have a very good hint on the situation by drawing a
twodimensional picture, to be considered as a picture of the π
-15
-10
-5
0
5
10
15

-15 -10 -5 5 10 15

Since the first two components of
−→
AB are (4, −2), I check that among the
twodimensional projections of the oriented segments connecting A with points D to
H
p
xy
−→
AD = (−4, 2) p
xy
−→
AE = (−1, 1) p
xy
−→
AF = (−6, 3)
p
xy
−→
AG = (−15, 8) p
xy
−→
AH = (12, −7)
64 Applications of vector algebra to analytic geometry
only the first and third are parallel to p
xy
−→
AB. Thus all elements of the set P
1

{A, B, C, D, F} belong to the same (black) line L
ABC
, and hence no two of them can
both belong to a different line. Therefore, it only remains to be checked whether or
not the lines through the couples of points (E, G) (red), (G, H) (blue), (H, E) (green)
coincide, and whether or not any elements of P
1
belong to them. Direction vectors
for these three lines are
1
2
p
xy
−→
EG = (−7, 4)
1
3
p
xy
−→
GH = (9, −5) p
xy
−−→
HE = (−13, 7)
and as normal vectors for them I may take
n
EG
≡ (4, 7) n
GH
≡ (5, 9) n
HE
≡ (7, 13)
By requiring point E to belong to the first and last, and point H to the second, I end
up with their equations as follows
L
EG
: 4x + 7y = 11 L
GH
: 5x + 9y = 16 L
HE
: 7x + 13y = 20
All these three lines are definitely not parallel to L
ABC
, hence they intersect it exactly
at one point. It is seen by direct inspection that, within the set P
1
, C belongs to
L
EG
, F belongs to L
GH
, and neither A nor B, nor D belong to L
HE
.
Thus there are three (maximal) sets of at least three collinear points, namely
P
1
≡ {A, B, C, D, F} P
2
≡ {C, E, G} P
3
≡ {F, G, H}
13.5.7 n. 7 (p. 477)
The coordinates of the intersection point are determined by the following equation
system
I 1 +h = 2 + 3k
II 1 + 2h = 1 + 8k
III 1 + 3h = 13k
Subtracting the third equation from the sum of the first two, I get k = 1; substituting
this value in any of the three equations, I get h = 4. The three equations are
consistent, and the two lines intersect at the point of coordinates (5, 9, 13).
13.5.8 n. 8 (p. 477)
(a) The coordinates of the intersection point of L(P; a) and L(Q; b) are determined
by the vector equation
P +ha = Q+kb (13.1)
which gives
P −Q = kb −ha
that is,
−→
PQ ∈ span {a, b}
Exercises 65
13.5.9 n. 9 (p. 477)
X (t) = (1 +t, 2 −2t, 3 + 2t)
(a)
d (t) ≡ kQ−X (t)k
2
= (2 −t)
2
+ (1 + 2t)
2
+ (−2 −2t)
2
= 9t
2
+ 8t + 9
(b) The graph of the function t 7→ d (t) ≡ 9t
2
+ 8t + 9 is a parabola with the
point (t
0
, d (t
0
)) =
¡

4
9
,
65
9
¢
as vertex. The minimum squared distance is
65
9
, and the
minimum distance is

65
3
.
(c)
X (t
0
) =
µ
5
9
,
26
9
,
19
9

Q−X (t
0
) =
µ
22
9
,
1
9
, −
10
9

hQ−X (t
0
) , Ai =
22 −2 + 20
9
= 0
that is, the point on L of minimum distance from Q is the orthogonal projection of
Q on L.
13.5.10 n. 10 (p. 477)
(a) Let A ≡ (α, β, γ), P ≡ (λ, µ, ν) and Q ≡ (%, σ, τ). The points of the line L
through P with direction vector
−→
OA are represented in parametric form (the generic
point of L is denoted X (t)). Then
X (t) ≡ P +At = (λ +αt, µ +βt, ν +γt)
f (t) ≡ kQ−X (t)k
2
= kQ−P −Atk
2
= kQk
2
+ kPk
2
+ kAk
2
t −2 hQ, Pi + 2 hP −Q, Ai t
= at
2
+bt +c
where
a ≡ kAk
2
= α
2

2

2
b
2
≡ hP −Q, Ai = α(λ −%) +β (µ −σ) +γ (ν −τ)
c ≡ kQk
2
+ kPk
2
−2 hQ, Pi = kP −Qk
2
= (λ −%)
2
+ (µ −σ)
2
+ (ν −τ)
2
The above quadratic polynomial has a second degree term with a positive coefficient;
its graph is a parabola with vertical axis and vertex in the point of coordinates
µ

b
2a
, −

4a

=
Ã
hQ−P, Ai
kAk
2
,
kAk
2
kP −Qk
2
−hP −Q, Ai
2
kAk
2
!
66 Applications of vector algebra to analytic geometry
Thus the minimum value of this polynomial is achieved at
t
0

hQ−P, Ai
kAk
2
=
α(% −λ) +β (σ −β) +γ (τ −ν)
α
2

2

2
and it is equal to
kAk
2
kP −Qk
2
−kAk
2
kP −Qk
2
cos
2
ϑ
kAk
2
= kP −Qk
2
sin
2
ϑ
where
ϑ ≡
\
−→
OA,
−→
QP
is the angle formed by direction vector of the line and the vector carrying the point
Q not on L to the point P on L.
(b)
Q−X (t
0
) = Q−(P +At
0
) = (Q−P) −
hQ−P, Ai
kAk
2
A
hQ−X (t
0
) , Ai = hQ−P, Ai −
hQ−P, Ai
kAk
2
hA, Ai = 0
13.5.11 n. 11 (p. 477)
The vector equation for the coordinates of an intersection point of L(P; a) and
L(Q; a) is
P +ha = Q+ka (13.2)
It gives
P −Q = (h −k) a
and there are two cases: either
−→
PQ / ∈ span {a}
and equation (13.2) has no solution (the two lines are parallel), or
−→
PQ ∈ span {a}
that is,
∃c ∈ R, Q−P = ca
and equation (13.2) is satisfied by all couples (h, k) such that k −h = c (the two lines
intersect in infinitely many points, i.e., they coincide). The two expressions P + ha
and Q + ka are seen to provide alternative parametrizations of the same line. For
each given point of L, the transformation h 7→k (h) ≡ h +c identifies the parameter
change which allows to shift from the first parametrization to the second.
Planes in euclidean n-spaces 67
13.5.12 n. 12 (p. 477)
13.6 Planes in euclidean n-spaces
13.7 Planes and vector-valued functions
13.8 Exercises
13.8.1 n. 2 (p. 482)
We have:
−→
PQ = (2, 2, 3)
−→
PR = (2, −2, −1)
so that the parametric equations of the plane are
x = 1 + 2s + 2t (13.3)
y = 1 + 2s −2t
z = −1 + 3s −t
(a) Equating (x, y, z) to
¡
2, 2,
1
2
¢
in (13.3) we get
2s + 2t = 1
2s −2t = 1
3s −t =
3
2
yielding s =
1
2
and t = 0, so that the point with coordinates
¡
2, 2,
1
2
¢
belongs to the
plane.
(b) Similarly, equating (x, y, z) to
¡
4, 0,
3
2
¢
in (13.3) we get
2s + 2t = 3
2s −2t = −1
3s −t =
1
2
yielding s =
1
2
and t = 1, so that the point with coordinates
¡
4, 0,
3
2
¢
belongs to the
plane.
(c) Again, proceeding in the same way with the triple (−3, 1, −1), we get
2s + 2t = −4
2s −2t = 0
3s −t = −2
68 Applications of vector algebra to analytic geometry
yielding s = t = −1, so that the point with coordinates (−3, 1, −1) belongs to the
plane.
(d) The point of coordinates (3, 1, 5) does not belong to the plane, because the system
2s + 2t = 2
2s −2t = 0
3s −t = 4
is inconsistent (from the first two equations we get s = t = 1, contradicting the third
equation).
(e) Finally, the point of coordinates (0, 0, 2) does not belong to the plane, because
the system
2s + 2t = −1
2s −2t = −1
3s −t = 1
is inconsistent (the first two equations yield s = −
1
2
and t = 0, contradicting the
third equation).
13.8.2 n. 3 (p. 482)
(a)
x = 1 +t
y = 2 +s +t
z = 1 + 4t
(b)
u = (1, 2, 1) −(0, 1, 0) = (1, 1, 1)
v = (1, 1, 4) −(0, 1, 0) = (1, 0, 4)
x = s +t
y = 1 +s
z = s + 4t
Exercises 69
13.8.3 n. 4 (p. 482)
(a) Solving for s and t with the coordinates of the first point, I get
I s −2t + 1 = 0
II s + 4t + 2 = 0
III 2s +t = 0
I +II −III t + 3 = 0
2III −I −II 2s −3 = 0
check on I
3
2
−6 + 1 6= 0
and (0, 0, 0) does not belong to the plane M. The second point is directly seen to
belong to M from the parametric equations
(1, 2, 0) +s (1, 1, 2) +t (−2, 4, 1) (13.4)
Finally, with the third point I get
I s −2t + 1 = 2
II s + 4t + 2 = −3
III 2s +t = −3
I +II −III t + 3 = 2
2III −I −II 2s −3 = −5
check on I −1 + 2 + 1 = 2
check on II −1 −4 + 2 = −3
check on III −2 −1 = −3
and (2, −3, −3) belongs to M.
(b) The answer has already been given by writing equation (13.4):
P ≡ (1, 2, 0) a = (1, 1, 2) b = (−2, 4, 1)
13.8.4 n. 5 (p. 482)
This exercise is a replica of material already presented in class and inserted in the
notes.
(a) If p +q +r = 1, then
pP + qQ +rR = P −(1 −p) P +qQ+rR
= P + (q +r) P +qQ +rR
= P +q (Q−P) +r (R −P)
and the coordinates of pP + qQ + rR satisfy the parametric equations of the plane
M through P, Q, and R..
(b) If S is a point of M, there exist real numbers q and r such that
S = P +q (Q−P) +r (R −P)
Then, defining p ≡ 1 −(q +r),
S = (1 −q −r) P +qQ+rR
= pP +qQ +rR
70 Applications of vector algebra to analytic geometry
13.8.5 n. 6 (p. 482)
I use three different methods for the three cases.
(a) The parametric equations for the first plane π
1
are
I x = 2 + 3h −k
II y = 3 + 2h −2k
III z = 1 +h −3k
Eliminating the parameter h (I −II −III) I get
4k = x −y −z + 2
Eliminating the parameter k (I +II −III) I get
4h = x +y −z −4
Substituting in III (or, better, in 4 · III),
4z = 4 +x +y −z −4 −3x + 3y + 3z −6
I obtain a cartesian equation for π
1
x −2y +z + 3 = 0
(b) I consider the four coefficients (a, b, c, d) of the cartesian equation of π
2
as un-
known, and I require that the three given points belong to π
2
; I obtain the system
2a + 3b +c +d = 0
−2a −b −3c +d = 0
4a + 3b −c +d = 0
which I solve by elimination

2 3 1 1
−2 −1 −3 1
4 3 −1 1
¸
¸
µ
2
a
0

1
2
(
2
a
0
+
1
a
0
)
3
a
0

3
a
0
−2
1
a
0

2 3 1 1
0 1 −1 1
0 −3 −3 −1
¸
¸
¡
3
a
0

1
2
(
3
a
0
+ 3
1
a
0
)
¢

2 3 1 1
0 1 −1 1
0 0 −3 1
¸
¸
Exercises 71
From the last equation (which reads −3c +d = 0) I assign values 1 and 3 to c and d,
respectively; from the second (which reads b −c +d = 0) I get b = −2, and from the
first (which is unchanged) I get a = 1. The cartesian equation of π
2
is
x −2y +z + 3 = 0
(notice that π
1
and π
2
coincide)
(c) This method requires the vector product (called cross product by Apostol ), which
is presented in the subsequent section; however, I have thought it better to show its
application here already. The plane π
3
and the given plane being parallel, they have
the same normal direction. Such a normal is
n =(2, 0, −2) × (1, 1, 1) = (2, −4, 2)
Thus π
3
coincides with π
2
, since it has the same normal and has a common point
with it. At any rate (just to show how the method applies in general), a cartesian
equation for π
3
is
x −2y +z +d = 0
and the coefficient d is determined by the requirement that π
3
contains (2, 3, 1)
2 −6 + 1 +d = 0
yielding
x −2y +z + 3 = 0
13.8.6 n. 7 (p. 482)
(a) Only the first two points belong to the given plane.
(b) I assign the values −1 and 1 to y and z in the cartesian equation of the plane M,
in order to obtain the third coordinate of a point of M, and I obtain P = (1, −1, 1) (I
may have as well taken one of the first two points of part a). Any two vectors which
are orthogonal to the normal n = (3, −5, 1) and form a linearly independent couple
can be chosen as direction vectors for M. Thus I assign values arbitrarily to d
2
and
d
3
in the orthogonality condition
3d
1
−5d
2
+d
3
= 0
say, (0, 3) and (3, 0), and I get
d
I
= (−1, 0, 3) d
II
= (5, 3, 0)
The parametric equations for M are
x = 1 −s + 5t
y = −1 + 3t
z = 1 + 3s
72 Applications of vector algebra to analytic geometry
13.8.7 n. 8 (p. 482)
The question is formulated in a slightly insidious way (perhaps Tom did it on pur-
pose...), because the parametric equations of the two planes M and M
0
are written
using the same names for the two parameters. This may easily lead to an incorrect
attempt two solve the problem by setting up a system of three equations in the two
unknown s and t, which is likely to have no solutions, thereby suggesting the wrong
answer that M and M
0
are parallel. On the contrary, the equation system for the
coordinates of points in M ∩ M
0
has four unknowns:
I 1 + 2s −t = 2 +h + 3k
II 1 −s = 3 + 2h + 2k
III 1 + 3s + 2t = 1 + 3h +k
(13.5)
I take all the variables on the lefthand side, and the constant terms on the righthand
one, and I proceed by elimination:
s t h k | const.
2 −1 −1 −3 | 1
−1 0 −2 −2 | 2
3 2 −3 −1 | 0

¸
1
r
0

1
r
0
+ 2
2
r
0
3
r
0

3
r
0
+ 3
2
r
0
1
r
0

2
r
0
¸

s t h k | const.
−1 0 −2 −2 | 2
0 −1 −5 −7 | 5
0 2 −9 −7 | 6
µ
3
r
0

3
r
0
+ 2
2
r
0
1
r
0

2
r
0

s t h k | const.
−1 0 −2 −2 | 2
0 −1 −5 −7 | 5
0 0 −19 −21 | 16
A handy solution to the last equation (which reads −19h − 21k = 16) is obtained
by assigning values 8 and −8 to h and k, respectively. This is already enough to
get the first point from the parametric equation of M
0
, which is apparent (though
incomplete) from the righthand side of (13.5). Thus Q = (−14, 3, 17). However, just
to check on the computations, I proceed to finish up the elimination, which leads
to t = 11 from the second row, and to s = −2 from the first. Substituting in the
lefthand side of (13.5), which is a trace of the parametric equations of M, I do get
indeed (−14, 3, 17). Another handy solution to the equation corresponding to the last
row of the final elimination table is (h, k) =
¡

2
5
, −
2
5
¢
. This gives R =
¡
2
5
,
7
5
, −
3
5
¢
,
and the check by means of (s, t) =
¡

2
5
, −
1
5
¢
is all right.
13.8.8 n. 9 (p. 482)
(a) A normal vector for M is
n = (1, 2, 3) × (3, 2, 1) = (−4, 8, −4)
Exercises 73
whereas the coefficient vector in the equation of M
0
is (1, −2, 1). Since the latter is
parallel to the former, and the coordinates of the point P ∈ M do not satisfy the
equation of M
0
, the two planes are parallel.
(b) A cartesian equation for M is
x −2y +z +d = 0
From substitution of the coordinates of P, the coefficient d is seen to be equal to 3.
The coordinates of the points of the intersection line L ≡ M∩M
00
satisfy the system
½
x −2y +z + 3 = 0
x + 2y +z = 0
By sum and subtraction, the line L can be represented by the simpler system
½
2x + 2z = −3
4y = 3
as the intersection of two different planes π and π
0
, with π parallel to the y-axis, and
π
0
parallel to the xz-plane. Coordinate of points on L are now easy to produce, e.g.,
Q =
¡

3
2
,
3
4
, 0
¢
and R =
¡
0,
3
4
, −
3
2
¢
13.8.9 n. 10 (p. 483)
The parametric equations for the line L are
x = 1 + 2r
y = 1 −r
z = 1 + 3r
and the parametric equations for the plane M are
x = 1 + 2s
y = 1 +s +t
z = −2 + 3s +t
The coordinates of a point of intersection between L and M must satisfy the system
of equations
2r −2s = 0
r +s +t = 0
3r −3s −t = −3
The first equation yields r = s, from which the third and second equation give t = 3,
r = s = −
3
2
. Thus L ∩ M consists of a single point, namely, the point of coordinates
¡
−2,
5
2
. −
7
2
¢
.
74 Applications of vector algebra to analytic geometry
13.8.10 n. 11 (p. 483)
The parametric equations for L are
x = 1 + 2t
y = 1 −t
z = 1 + 3t
and a direction vector for L is v =(2, −1, 3)
(a) L is parallel to the given plane (which I am going to denote π
a
) if v is a linear
combination of (2, 1, 3) and
¡
3
4
, 1, 1
¢
. Thus I consider the system
2x +
3
4
y = 2
x +y = −1
3x +y = 3
where subtraction of the second equation from the third gives 2x = 4, hence x = 2;
this yields y = −3 in the last two equations, contradicting the first.
Alternatively, computing the determinant of the matrix having v, a, b as
columns
¯
¯
¯
¯
¯
¯
2 2
3
4
−1 1 1
3 3 1
¯
¯
¯
¯
¯
¯
=
¯
¯
¯
¯
¯
¯
4 0 −
5
4
−1 1 1
6 0 −2
¯
¯
¯
¯
¯
¯
=
¯
¯
¯
¯
4 −
5
4
6 −2
¯
¯
¯
¯
= −
1
2
shows that {v, a, b} is a linearly independent set.
With either reasoning, it is seen that L is not parallel to π
a
.
(b) By computing two independent directions for the plane π
b
, e.g.,
−→
PQ = (3, 5, 2) −
(1, 1, −2) and
−→
PR = (2, 4, −1) − (1, 1, −2), I am reduced to the previous case. The
system to be studied now is
2x +y = 2
4x + 3y = −1
4x +y = 3
and the three equations are again inconsistent, because subtraction of the third equa-
tion from the second gives y = −2, whereas subtraction of the first from the third
yields x =
1
2
, these two values contradicting all equations. L is not parallel to π
b
.
(c) Since a normal vector to π
c
has for components the coefficients of the unknowns
in the equation of π
c
, it suffices to check orthogonality between v and (1, 2, 3):
h(2, −1, 3) , (1, 2, 3)i = 9 6= 0
L is not parallel to π
c
.
Exercises 75
13.8.11 n. 12 (p. 483)
Let R be any point of the given plane π, other than P or Q. A point S then belongs
to M if and only if there exists real numbers q and r such that
S = P +q (Q−P) +r (R −P) (13.6)
If S belongs to the line through P and Q, there exists a real number p such that
S = P +p (Q−P)
Then, by defining
q ≡ p r ≡ 0
it is immediately seen that condition (13.6) is satisfied.
13.8.12 n. 13 (p. 483)
Since every point of L belongs to M, M contains the points having coordinates equal
to (1, 2, 3), (1, 2, 3) +t (1, 1, 1) for each t ∈ R, and (2, 3, 5). Choosing, e.g., t = 1, the
parametric equations for M are
x = 1 +r +s
y = 2 +r +s
z = 3 +r + 2s
It is possible to eliminate the two parameters at once, by subtracting the first equaiton
from the second, obtaining
x −y + 1 = 0
13.8.13 n. 14 (p. 483)
Let d be a direction vector for the line L, and let Q ≡ (x
Q
, y
Q
, z
Q
) be a point of L.
A plane containing L and the point P ≡ (x
P
, y
P
, z
P
) is the plane π through Q with
direction vectors d and
−→
QP
x = x
Q
+hd
1
+k (x
P
−x
Q
)
y = y
Q
+hd
2
+k (y
P
−y
Q
)
z = z
Q
+hd
3
+k (z
P
−z
Q
)
L belongs to π because the parametric equation of π reduces to that of L when k is
assigned value 0, and P belongs to π because the coordinates of P are obtained from
the parametric equation of π when h is assigned value 0 and k is assigned value 1.
Since any two distinct points on L and P determine a unique plane, π is the only
plane containing L and P.
76 Applications of vector algebra to analytic geometry
13.9 The cross product
13.10 The cross product expressed as a determinant
13.11 Exercises
13.11.1 n. 1 (p. 487)
(a) A×B = −2i + 3j −k.
(b) B ×C = 4i −5j + 3k.
(c) C ×A = 4i −4j + 2k.
(d) A× (C ×A) = 8i + 10j + 4k.
(e) (A×B) ×C = 8i + 3j −7k.
(f) A× (B ×C) = 10i + 11j + 5k.
(g) (A×C) ×B = −2i −8j −12k.
(h) (A+B) × (A−C) = 2i −2j.
(i) (A×B) × (A×C) = −2i + 4k.
13.11.2 n. 2 (p. 487)
(a)
A×B
kA×Bk
= −
4

26
i +
3

26
j +
1

26
k or −
A×B
kA×Bk
=
4

26
i −
3

26
j −
1

26
k.
(b)
A×B
kA×Bk
= −
41

2054
i −
18

2054
j +
7

2054
k or −
A×B
kA×Bk
=
41

2054
i +
18

2054
j −
7

2054
k.
(c)
A×B
kA×Bk
= −
1

6
i −
2

6
j −
1

6
k or −
A×B
kA×Bk
=
1

6
i +
2

6
j +
1

6
k.
13.11.3 n. 3 (p. 487)
(a)
−→
AB ×
−→
AC = (2, −2, −3) × (3, 2, −2) = (10, −5, 10)
area ABC =
1
2
°
°
°
−→
AB ×
−→
AC
°
°
° =
15
2
(b)
−→
AB ×
−→
AC = (3, −6, 3) × (3, −1, 0) = (3, 9, 15)
area ABC =
1
2
°
°
°
−→
AB ×
−→
AC
°
°
° =
3

35
2
Exercises 77
(c)
−→
AB ×
−→
AC = (0, 1, 1) × (1, 0, 1) = (1, 1, −1)
area ABC =
1
2
°
°
°
−→
AB ×
−→
AC
°
°
° =

3
2
13.11.4 n. 4 (p. 487)
−→
CA×
−→
AB = (−i + 2j −3k) × (2j +k) = 8i −j −2k
13.11.5 n. 5 (p. 487)
Let a ≡ (l, m, n) and b ≡ (p, q, r) for the sake of notational simplicity. Then
ka ×bk
2
= (mr −nq)
2
+ (np −lr)
2
+ (lq −mp)
2
= m
2
r
2
+n
2
q
2
−2mnrq +n
2
p
2
+l
2
r
2
−2lnpr +l
2
q
2
+m
2
p
2
−2lmpq
kak
2
kbk
2
=
¡
l
2
+m
2
+n
2
¢ ¡
p
2
+q
2
+r
2
¢
= l
2
p
2
+l
2
q
2
+l
2
r
2
+m
2
p
2
+m
2
q
2
+m
2
r
2
+n
2
p
2
+n
2
q
2
+n
2
r
2
(ka ×bk = kak kbk) ⇔
¡
ka ×bk
2
= kak
2
kbk
2
¢
⇔ (lp +mq +nr)
2
= 0
⇔ ha, bi = 0
13.11.6 n. 6 (p. 487)
(a)
ha, b +ci = ha, b ×ai = 0
because b ×a is orthogonal to a.
(b)
hb, ci = hb, (b ×a) −bi = hb, (b ×a)i + hb, −bi = −kbk
2
because b ×a is orthogonal to b. Thus
hb, ci < 0 cos
c
bc = −
kbk
kck
< 0
c
bc ∈
i
π
2
, π
i
. Moreover,
c
bc = −π is impossible, because
kck
2
= kb ×ak
2
+ kbk
2
−2 kb ×ak kbk cos
\
(b ×a) b
= kb ×ak
2
+ kbk
2
> kbk
2
since (a, b) is linearly independent and kb ×ak > 0.
(c) By the formula above, kck
2
= 2
2
+ 1
2
, and kck =

5.
78 Applications of vector algebra to analytic geometry
13.11.7 n. 7 (p. 488)
(a) Since kak = kbk = 1 and ha, bi = 0, by Lagrange’s identity (theorem 13.12.f)
ka ×bk
2
= kak
2
kbk
2
−ha, bi
2
= 1
so that a × b is a unit vector as well. The three vectors a, b, a × b are mutually
orthogonal either by assumption or by the properties of the vector product (theorem
13.12.d-e).
(b) By Lagrange’s identity again,
kck
2
= ka ×bk
2
kak
2
−ha ×b, ai
2
= 1
(c) And again,
k(a ×b) ×bk
2
= ka ×bk
2
kbk
2
−ha ×b, bi
2
= 1
k(a ×b) ×ak
2
= kck
2
= 1
Since the direction which is orthogonal to (a ×b) and to b is spanned by a, (a ×b)×b
is either equal to a or to −a. Similarly, (a ×b) × a is either equal to b or to −b.
Both the righthand rule and the lefthand rule yield now
(a ×b) ×a = b (a ×b) ×b = −a
(d)
(a ×b) ×a =

¸
(a
3
b
1
−a
1
b
3
) a
3
−(a
1
b
2
−a
2
b
1
) a
2
(a
1
b
2
−a
2
b
1
) a
1
−(a
2
b
3
−a
3
b
2
) a
3
(a
2
b
3
−a
3
b
2
) a
2
−(a
3
b
1
−a
1
b
3
) a
1
¸

=

¸
(a
2
2
+a
2
3
) b
1
−a
1
(a
3
b
3
+a
2
b
2
)
(a
2
1
+a
2
3
) b
2
−a
2
(a
1
b
1
+a
3
b
3
)
(a
2
1
+a
2
2
) b
3
−a
3
(a
1
b
1
+a
2
b
2
)
¸

Since a and b are orthogonal,
(a ×b) ×a =

¸
(a
2
2
+a
2
3
) b
1
+a
1
(a
1
b
1
)
(a
2
1
+a
2
3
) b
2
+a
2
(a
2
b
2
)
(a
2
1
+a
2
2
) b
3
+a
3
(a
3
b
3
)
¸

Since a is a unit vector,
(a ×b) ×a =

¸
b
1
b
2
b
3
¸

The proof that (a ×b) ×b = −a is identical.
Exercises 79
13.11.8 n. 8 (p. 488)
(a) From a ×b = 0, either there exists some h ∈ R such that a = hb, or there exists
some k ∈ R such that b = ka. Then either ha, bi = hkbk
2
or ha, bi = k kak
2
, that
is, either hkbk = 0 or k kak = 0. In the first case, either h = 0 (which means a = 0),
or kbk = 0 (which is equivalent to b = 0). In the second case, either k = 0 (which
means b = 0), or kak = 0 (which is equivalent to a = 0). Geometrically, suppose
that a 6= 0. Then both the projection
ha,bi
kak
2
a of b along a and the projecting vector
(of length
kb×ak
kak
) are null, which can only happen if b = 0.
(b) From the previous point, the hypotheses a 6= 0, a×(b −c) = 0, and ha, b −ci =
0 imply that b −c = 0.
13.11.9 n. 9 (p. 488)
(a) Let ϑ ≡
c
ab, and observe that a and c are orthogonal. Froma×b = kak kbk |sin ϑ|,
in order to satisfy the condition
a ×b = c
the vector b must be orthogonal to c, and its norm must depend on ϑ according to
the relation
kbk =
kck
kak |sin ϑ|
(13.7)
Thus
kck
kak
≤ kbk < +∞. In particular, b can be taken orthogonal to a as well, in
which case it has to be equal to
a×c
kak
2
or to
c×a
kak
2
. Thus two solutions to the problem
are
±
µ
7
9
, −
8
9
, −
11
9

(b) Let (p, q, r) be the coordinates of b; the conditions a ×b = c and ha, bi = 1 are:
I −2q −r = 3
II 2p −2r = 4
III p + 2q = −1
IV 2p −q + 2r = 1
Standard manipulations yield
2II + 2IV +III 9p = 9
(↑) ,→II 2 −2r = 4
(↑) ,→I −2q + 1 = 3
check on IV 2 + 1 −2 = 1
check on III 1 −2 = 1
that is, the unique solution is
b =(1, −1, −1)
The solution to this exercise given by Apostol at page 645 is wrong.
80 Applications of vector algebra to analytic geometry
13.11.10 n. 10 (p. 488)
Replacing b with c in the first result of exercise7,
(a ×c) ×a = c
Therefore, by skew-simmetry of the vector product, it is seen that the c × a is a
solution to the equation
a ×x = c (13.8)
However, c ×a is orthogonal to a, and hence it does not meet the additional require-
ment
ha, xi = 1 (13.9)
We are bound to look for other solutions to (13.8). If x and z both solve (13.8),
a × (x −z) = a ×x −a ×z = c −c = 0
which implies that x − z is parallel to a. Thus the set of all solutions to equation
(13.8) is
©
x ∈ R
3
: ∃α ∈ R, x = a ×c +αa
ª
From condition (13.9),
ha, a ×c +αai = 1
that is,
α = −
1
kak
2
Thus the unique solution to the problem is
b ≡ a ×c−
a
kak
2
13.11.11 n. 11 (p. 488)
(a) Let
u ≡
−→
AB = (−2, 1, 0)
v ≡
−→
BC = (3, −2, 1)
w ≡
−→
CA = (−1, 1, −1)
Each side of the triangle ABC can be one of the two diagonals of the parallelogram
to be determined.
Exercises 81
If one of the diagonals is BC, the other is AD, where
−→
AD =
−→
AB +
−→
AC = u −w. In
this case
D = A+u −w = “B +C −A” = (0, 0, 2)
If one of the diagonals is CA, the other is BE, where
−→
BE =
−→
BC +
−→
BA = v −u. In
this case
E = B +v −u = “A+C −B” = (4, −2, 2)
If one of the diagonals is AB, the other is CF, where
−→
CF =
−→
CA +
−→
CB = −v + w.
In this case
F = A−v +w = “A +B −C” = (−2, 2, 0)
(b)
u ×w =
µ¯
¯
¯
¯
1 0
1 −1
¯
¯
¯
¯
, −
¯
¯
¯
¯
−2 0
−1 −1
¯
¯
¯
¯
,
¯
¯
¯
¯
−2 1
−1 1
¯
¯
¯
¯

= (−1, −2, −1)
ku ×wk =

6 = area (ABC) =

6
2
82 Applications of vector algebra to analytic geometry
13.11.12 n. 12 (p. 488)
b +c = 2 (a ×b) −2b
ha, b +ci = −2 ha, bi = −4
cos
c
ab =
ha, bi
kak kbk
=
1
2
ka ×bk
2
= kak
2
kbk
2
sin
2
c
ab = 12
kck
2
= 4 ka ×bk
2
−12 ha ×b, bi + 9 kbk
2
= 192
kck = 8

3
hb, ci = 2 hb, a ×bi −3 kbk
2
= 48
cos
c
bc =
hb, ci
kbk kck
=

3
2
13.11.13 n. 13 (p. 488)
(a) It is true that, if the couple (a, b) is linearly independent, then the triple
(a +b, a −b, a ×b)
is linearly independent, too. Indeed, in the first place a and b are nonnull, since every
n-tuple having the null vector among its components is linearly dependent. Secondly,
(a ×b) is nonnull, too, because (a, b) is linearly independent. Third, (a ×b) is
orthogonal to both a + b and a −b (as well as to any vector in lin {a, b}), because
it is orthogonal to a and b; in particular, (a ×b) / ∈ lin {a.b}, since the only vector
which is orthogonal to itself is the null vector. Fourth, suppose that
x(a +b) +y (a −b) +z (a ×b) = 0 (13.10)
Then z cannot be different from zero, since otherwise
(a ×b) = −
x
z
(a +b) −
y
z
(a −b)
= −
x +y
z
a +
y −x
z
b
would belong to lin{a, b}. Thus z = 0, and (13.10) becomes
x(a +b) +y (a −b) = 0
which is equivalent to
(x +y) a+(x −y) b = 0
By linear independence of (a, b),
x +y = 0 and x −y = 0
Exercises 83
and hence x = y = 0.
(b) It is true that, if the couple (a, b) is linearly independent, then the triple
(a +b, a +a ×b, b +a ×b)
is linearly independent, too. Indeed, let (x, y, z) be such that
x (a +b) +y (a +a ×b) +z (b +a ×b) = 0
which is equivalent to
(x +y) a + (x +z) b + (y +z) a ×b = 0
Since, arguing as in the fourth part of the previous point, y + z must be null, and
this in turn implies that both x +y and x +z are also null. The system
x + y = 0
x +z = 0
y +z = 0
has the trivial solution as the only solution.
(c) It is true that, if the couple (a, b) is linearly independent, then the triple
(a, b, (a + b) × (a −b))
is linearly independent, too. Indeed,
(a +b) × (a −b) = a ×a −a ×b +b ×a −b ×b
= −2a ×b
and the triple
(a, b, a ×b)
is linearly independent when the couple (a, b) is so.
13.11.14 n. 14 (p. 488)
(a) The cross product
−→
AB ×
−→
AC equals the null vector if and only if the couple
³
−→
AB,
−→
AC
´
is linearly dependent. In such a case, if
−→
AC is null, then A and C coin-
cide and it is clear that the line through them and B contains all the three points.
Otherwise, if
−→
AC is nonnull, then in the nontrivial null combination
x
−→
AB +y
−→
AC = 0
x must be nonnull, yielding
−→
AB = −
y
x
−→
AC
84 Applications of vector algebra to analytic geometry
that is,
B = A−
y
x
−→
AC
which means that B belongs to the line through A and C.
(b) By the previous point, the set
n
P :
−→
AP ×
−→
BP = 0
o
is the set of all points P such that A, B, and P belong to the same line, that is, the
set of all points P belonging to the line through A and B.
13.11.15 n. 15 (p. 488)
(a) From the assumption (p ×b) +p = a,
hb, p ×bi + hb, pi = hb, ai
hb, pi = 0
that is, p is orthogonal to b. This gives
kp ×bk = kpk kbk = kpk (13.11)
and hence
1 = kak
2
= kp ×bk
2
+ kpk
2
= 2 kpk
2
that is, kpk =

2
2
.
(b) Since p, b, and p×b are pairwise orthogonal, (p, b, p ×b) is linearly independent,
and {p, b, p ×b} is a basis of R
3
.
(c) Since p is orthogonal both to p×b (definition of vector product) and to b (point
a), there exists some h ∈ R such that
(p ×b) ×b = hp
Thus, taking into account (13.11),
|h| kpk = kp ×bk kbk
¯
¯
¯sin
π
2
¯
¯
¯ = kpk
and h ∈ {1, −1}. Since the triples (p, b, p ×b) and (p ×b, p, b) define the same
orientation, and (p ×b, b, p) defines the opposite one, h = −1.
(d) Still from the assumption (p ×b) +p = a,
hp, p ×bi + hp, pi = hp, ai
hp, ai = kpk
2
=
1
2
p × (p ×b) +p ×p = p ×a
kp ×ak = kpk
2
kbk =
1
2
The scalar triple product 85
Thus
p =
1
2
a +
1
2
q (13.12)
where q = 2p−a is a vector in the plane π generated by p and a, which is orthogonal
to a. Since a normal vector to π is b, there exists some k ∈ R such that
q = k (b ×a)
Now
kqk
2
= 4 kpk
2
+ kak
2
−4 kpk kak cos c pa
= 2 + 1 −4

2
2

2
2
= 1
kqk = 1 |k| = 1
If on the plane orthogonal to b the mapping u 7→b×u rotates counterclockwise, the
vectors a = p + b × p, b × p, and b × a form angles of
π
4
,
π
2
, and

4
, respectively,
with p. On the other hand, the decomposition of p obtained in (13.12) requires that
the angle formed with p by q is −
π
4
, so that q is discordant with b × a. It follows
that k = −1. I have finally obtained
p =
1
2
a −
1
2
(b ×a)
13.12 The scalar triple product
13.13 Cramer’s rule for solving systems of three linear equations
13.14 Exercises
13.15 Normal vectors to planes
13.16 Linear cartesian equations for planes
86 Applications of vector algebra to analytic geometry
13.17 Exercises
13.17.1 n. 1 (p. 496)
(a) Out of the inifnitely many vectors satisfying the requirement, a distinguished one
is
n ≡ (2i + 3j −4k) × (j +k) = 7i −2j + 2k
(b)
hn, (x, y, z)i = 0 or 7x −2y + 2z = 0
(c)
hn, (x, y, z)i = hn, (1, 2, 3)i or 7x −2y + 2z = 9
13.17.2 n. 2 (p. 496)
(a)
n
knk
=
µ
1
3
,
2
3
, −
2
3

(b) The three intersection points are:
X-axis : (−7, 0, 0) Y -axis :
µ
0, −
7
2
, 0

Z-axis :
µ
0, 0,
7
2

.
(c) The distance from the origin is
7
3
.
(d) Intersecting with π the line through the origin which is directed by the normal
to π

x = h
y = 2h
z = −2h
x + 2y −2z + 7 = 0
yields
h + 4h + 4h + 7 = 0
h = −
7
9
(x, y, z) =
µ

7
9
, −
14
9
,
14
9

Exercises 87
13.17.3 n. 3 (p. 496)
A cartesian equation for the plane which passes through the point P ≡ (1, 2, −3) and
is parallel to the plane of equation
3x −y + 2z = 4
is
3 (x −1) −(y −2) + 2 (z + 3) = 0
or
3x −y + 2z + 5 = 0
The distance between the two planes is
|4 −(−5)|

9 + 1 + 4
=
9

14
14
13.17.4 n. 4 (p. 496)
π
1
: x + 2y −2z = 5
π
2
: 3x −6y + 3z = 2
π
3
: 2x +y + 2z = −1
π
4
: x −2y +z = 7
(a) π
2
and π
4
are parallel because n
2
= 3n
4
; π
1
and π
3
are orthogonal because
hn
1
, n
3
i = 0.
(b) The straight line through the origin having direction vector n
4
has equations
x = t
y = −2t
z = t
and intersects π
2
and π
4
at points C and D, respectively, which can be determined
by the equations
3t
C
−6 (−2t
C
) + 3t
C
= 2
t
D
−2 (−2t
D
) +t
D
= 7
Thus t
C
=
1
9
, t
D
=
7
6
,
−→
CD =
¡
7
6

1
9
¢
n
4
, and
°
°
°
−→
CD
°
°
° =
19
18
kn
4
k =
19
18

6
Alternatively, rewriting the equation of π
4
with normal vector n
2
3x −6y + 3z = 21
dist (π, π
0
) =
|d
2
−d
4
|
kn
2
k
=
19

54
88 Applications of vector algebra to analytic geometry
13.17.5 n. 5 (p. 496)
(a) A normal vector for the plane π through the points P ≡ (1, 1, −1), Q ≡ (3, 3, 2),
R ≡ (3, −1, −2) is
n ≡
−→
PQ×
−→
QR = (2, 2, 3) × (0, −4, −4) = (4, 8, −8)
(b) A cartesian equation for π is
x + 2y −2z = 5
(c) The distance of π from the origin is
5
3
.
13.17.6 n. 6 (p. 496)
Proceeding as in points (a) and (b) of the previous exercise, a normal vector for the
plane through the points P ≡ (1, 2, 3), Q ≡ (2, 3, 4), R ≡ (−1, 7, −2) is
n ≡
−→
PQ×
−→
RQ = (1, 1, 1) × (3, −4, 6) = (10, −3, −7)
and a cartesian equation for it is
10x −3y −7z + 17 = 0
13.17.7 n. 8 (p. 496)
A normal vector to the plane is given by any direction vector for the given line
n ≡ (2, 4, 12) −(1, 2, 3) = (1, 2, 9)
A cartesian equation for the plane is
(x −2) + 2 (y −3) + 9 (z + 7) = 0
or
x + 2y + 9z = 55
13.17.8 n. 9 (p. 496)
A direction vector for the line is just the normal vector of the plane. Thus the
parametric equations are
x = 2 + 4h y = 1 −3h z = −3 +h
Exercises 89
13.17.9 n. 10 (p. 496)
(a) The position of the point at time t can be written as follows:
x = 1 −t y = 2 −3t z = −1 + 2t
which are just the parametric equations of a line.
(b) The direction vector of the line L is
d = (−1, −3, 2)
(c) The hitting instant is determined by substituting the coordinates of the moving
point into the equation of the given plane π
2 (1 −t) + 3 (2 −3t) + 2 (−1 + 2t) + 1 = 0
−7t + 7 = 0
yielding t = 1. Hence the hitting point is (0, −1, 1).
(d) At time t = 3, the moving point has coordinates (−2, −7, 5). Substituting,
2 · (−2) + 3 · (−7) + 2 · 5 +d = 0
d = 15
A cartesian equation for the plane π
0
which is parallel to π and contains (−2, −7, 5)
is
2x + 3y + 2z + 15 = 0
(e) At time t = 2, the moving point has coordinates (−1, −4, 3). A normal vector for
the plane π
00
which is orthogonal to L and contains (−1, −4, 3) is −d. Thus
−1 · −1 −3 · −4 + 2 · 3 +d = 0
d = −19
A cartesian equation for π
00
is
(x + 1) + 3 (y + 4) −2 (z −3) = 0
or
x + 3y −2z + 19 = 0
90 Applications of vector algebra to analytic geometry
13.17.10 n. 11 (p. 496)
From
c
ni =
π
3
c
nj =
π
4
c
nk =
π
3
we get
n
knk
=
1
2
³
1,

2, 1
´
A cartesian equation for the plane in consideration is
(x −1) +

2 (y −1) + (z −1) = 0
or
x +

2y +z = 2 +

2
13.17.11 n. 13 (p. 496)
First I find a vector of arbitrary norm which satisfies the given conditions:
l + 2m−3n = 0
l −m+ 5n = 0
Assigning value 1 to n, the other values are easily obtained: (l, m) =
¡

7
3
,
8
3
¢
. Then
the required vector is
³

7

122
,
8

122
,
3

122
´
13.17.12 n. 14 (p. 496)
A normal vector for the plane π which is parallel to both vectors i +j and j +k is
n ≡ (i +j) × (j +k) = i −j +k
Since the intercept of π with the X-axis is (2, 0, 0), a cartesian equation for π is
x −y +z = 2
13.17.13 n. 15 (p. 496)
I work directly on the coefficient matrix for the equation system:
3 1 1 | 5
3 1 5 | 7
1 −1 3 | 3
With obvious manipulations
0 4 −8 | −4
0 0 4 | 2
1 −1 3 | 3
I obtain a unique solution (x, y, z) =
¡
3
2
, 0,
1
2
¢
.
The conic sections 91
13.17.14 n. 17 (p. 497)
If the line ` under consideration is parallel to the two given planes, which have as
normal vectors n
1
≡ (1, 2, 3) and n
2
≡ (2, 3, 4), a direction vector for ` is
d ≡ (2, 3, 4) × (1, 2, 3) = (1, −2, 1)
Since ` goes through the point P ≡ (1, 2, 3), parametric eqautions for ` are the
following:
x = 1 +t y = 2 −2t z = 3 +t
13.17.15 n. 20 (p. 497)
A cartesian equation for the plane under consideration is
2x −y + 2z +d = 0
The condition of equal distance from the point P ≡ (3, 2, −1) yields
|6 −2 −2 +d|
3
=
|6 −2 −2 + 4|
3
that is,
|2 +d| = 6
The two solutions of the above equation are d
1
= 4 (corresponding to the plane
already given) and d
2
= −8. Thus the required equation is
2x −y + 2z = 8
13.18 The conic sections
13.19 Eccentricity of conic sections
13.20 Polar equations for conic sections
13.21 Exercises
92 Applications of vector algebra to analytic geometry
13.22 Conic sections symmetric about the origin
13.23 Cartesian equations for the conic sections
13.24 Exercises
13.25 Miscellaneous exercises on conic sections
Chapter 14
CALCULUS OF VECTOR-VALUED FUNCTIONS
94 Calculus of vector-valued functions
Chapter 15
LINEAR SPACES
15.1 Introduction
15.2 The definition of a linear space
15.3 Examples of linear spaces
15.4 Elementary consequences of the axioms
15.5 Exercises
15.5.1 n. 1 (p. 555)
The set of all real rational functions is a real linear space. Indeed, let P, Q, R, and
S be any four real polynomials, and let
f : x 7→
P (x)
Q(x)
g : x 7→
R(x)
S (x)
Then for every two real numbers α and β
αf +βg : x 7→
αP (x) S (x) +βQ(x) R(x)
Q(x) S (x)
is a well defined real rational function. This shows that the set in question is closed
with respect to the two linear space operations of function sum and function multipli-
cation by a scalar. From this the other two existence axioms (of the zero element and
of negatives) also follow as particular cases, for (α, β) = (0, 0) and for (α, β) = (0, −1)
respectively. Of course it can also be seen directly that the identically null function
x 7→ 0 is a rational function, as the quotient of the constant polynomials P : x 7→ 0
96 Linear spaces
and Q : x 7→1. The remaining linear space axioms are immediately seen to hold, tak-
ing into account the general properties of the operations of function sum and function
multiplication by a scalar
15.5.2 n. 2 (p. 555)
The set of all real rational functions having numerator of degree not exceeding the
degree of the denominator is a real linear space. Indeed, taking into account exercise
1, and using the same notation, it only needs to be proved that if deg P ≤ deg Q and
deg R ≤ deg S, then
deg [αPS +βQR] ≤ deg QS
This is clear, since for every two real numbers α and β
deg [αPS +βQR] ≤ max {deg PS, deg QR}
deg PS = deg P deg S ≤ deg Qdeg S
deg QR = deg Qdeg R ≤ deg Qdeg S
so that the closure axioms hold. It may be also noticed that the degree of both
polynomials P and Q occurring in the representation of the identically null function
as a rational function is zero.
15.5.3 n. 3 (p. 555)
The set of all real valued functions which are defined on a fixed domain containing 0
and 1, and which have the same value at 0 and 1, is a real linear space. Indeed, for
every two real numbers α and β,
(αf +βg) (0) = αf (0) +βg (0) = αf (1) +βg (1) = (αf +βg) (1)
so that the closure axioms hold. Again, the two existence axioms follow as particular
cases; and it is anyway clear that the identically null function x 7→0 achieves the same
value at 0 and 1. Similarly, that the other linear space axioms hold is a straightforward
consequence of the general properties of the operations of function sum and function
multiplication by a scalar.
15.5.4 n. 4 (p. 555)
The set of all real valued functions which are defined on a fixed domain containing
0 and 1, and which achieve at 0 the double value they achieve at 1 is a real linear
space. Indeed, for every two real numbers α and β,
(αf +βg) (0) = αf (0) +βg (0) = α2f (1) +β2g (1) = 2 (αf +βg) (1)
so that the closure axioms hold. A final remark concerning the other axioms, of a
type which has become usual at this point, allows to conclude.
Exercises 97
15.5.5 n. 5 (p. 555)
The set of all real valued functions which are defined on a fixed domain containing
0 and 1, and which have value at 1 which exceeds the value at 0 by 1, is not a real
linear space. Indeed, let α and β be any two real numbers such that α+β 6= 1. Then
(αf +βg) (1) = αf (1) +βg (1) = α[1 +f (0)] +β [1 +g (0)]
= α +β +αf (0) +βg (0) = α +β + (αf +βg) (0)
6= 1 + (αf +βg) (0)
and the two closure axioms fail to hold (the above shows, however, that the set in
question is an affine subspace of the real linear space). The other failing axioms are:
existence of the zero element (the identically null function has the same value at 0
and at 1), and existence of negatives
f (1) = 1 +f (0) ⇒(−f) (1) = −1 + (−f) (0) 6= 1 + (−f) (0)
15.5.6 n. 6 (p. 555)
The set of all real valued step functions which are defined on [0, 1] is a real linear
space. Indeed, let f and g be any two such functions, so that for some nonnegative
integers m and n, some increasing (m+ 1)-tuple (σ
r
)
r∈{0}∪m
of elements of [0, 1] with
σ
0
= 0 and σ
m
= 1, some increasing (n + 1)-tuple (τ
s
)
s∈{0}∪n
of elements of [0, 1]
with τ
0
= 0 and τ
m
= 1, some (m+ 1)-tuple (γ
r
)
r∈{0}∪m
of real numbers, and some
n-tuple (δ
s
)
s∈{0}∪n
of real numbers

,
f ≡ γ
0
χ
{0}
+
X
r∈m
γ
r
χ
Ir
g ≡ δ
0
χ
{0}
+
X
s∈n
δ
s
χ
Js
where for each subset C of [0, 1], χ
C
is the characteristic function of C
χ
C
≡ x 7→
¿
1 if x ∈ C
0 if x / ∈ C
and (I
r
)
r∈m
, (J
s
)
s∈n
are the partitions of (0, 1] associated to (σ
r
)
r∈{0}∪m
, (τ
s
)
s∈{0}∪n
I
r
≡ (σ
r−1
, σ
r
] (r ∈ m)
J
s
≡ (τ
s−1
, τ
s
] (s ∈ n)
Then, for any two real numbers α and β,
αf + βg = (αγ
0
+βδ
0
) χ
{0}
+
X
(r,s)∈m×n
(αγ
r
+βδ
s
) χ
K
rs

I am using here the following slight abuse of notation for degenerate intervals: (σ, σ] ≡ {σ};
This is necessary in order to allow for “point steps”.
98 Linear spaces
where (K
rs
)
(r,s)∈m×n
is the “meet” partition of (I
r
)
r∈m
and (J
s
)
s∈n
K
rs
≡ I
r
∩ J
s
( (r, s) ∈ m×n)
which shows that αf +βg is a step function too, with no more

than m+n steps on
[0, 1].
Thus the closure axioms hold, and a final, usual remark concenrning the other
linear space axioms applies. It may also be noticed independently that the identically
null function [0, 1] 7→R, x 7→0 is indeed a step function, with just one step (m = 1,
γ
0
= γ
1
= 0), and that the opposite of a step function is a step function too, with
the same number of steps.
15.5.7 n. 7 (p. 555)
The set of all real valued functions which are defined on R and convergent to 0 at
+∞ is a real linear space. Indeed, by classical theorems in the theory of limits, for
every two such functions f and g, and for any two real numbers α and β,
lim
x→+∞
(αf +βg) (x) = α lim
x→+∞
f (x) + β lim
x→+∞
g (x)
= 0
so that the closure axioms hold. Final remark concerning the other linear space
axioms. It may be noticed independently that the identically null function [0, 1] 7→
R, x 7→0 indeed converges to 0 at +∞(and, for that matter, at any x
0
∈ R∪{−∞}).
15.5.8 n. 11 (p. 555)
The set of all real valued and increasing functions of a real variable is not a real linear
space. The first closure axiom holds, because the sum of two increasing functions is an
increasing function too. The second closure axiom does not hold, however, because
the function αf is decreasing if f is increasing and α is a negative real number.
The axiom of existence of the zero element holds or fails, depending on whether
monotonicity is meant in the weak or in the strict sense, since the identically null
function is weakly increasing (and, for that matter, weakly decreasing too, as every
constant function) but not strictly increasing. Thus, in the former case, the set of all
real valued and (weakly) increasing functions of a real variable is a convex cone. The
axiom of existence of negatives fails, too. All the other linear space axioms hold, as
in the previous examples.
15.5.9 n. 13 (p. 555)
The set of all real valued functions which are defined and integrable on [0, 1], with
the integral over [0, 1] equal to zero, is a real linear space. Indeed, for any two such
functions f and g, and any two real numbers α and β,
Z
1
0
(αf +βg) (x) dx = α
Z
1
0
f (x) dx +β
Z
1
0
g (x) dx = 0

Some potential steps may “collapse” if, for some (r, s) ∈ m×n, σ
r−1
= τ
s−1
and ασ
r
+βτ
s
=
ασ
r−1
+βτ
s−1
.
Exercises 99
15.5.10 n. 14 (p. 555)
The set of all real valued functions which are defined and integrable on [0, 1], with
nonnegative integral over [0, 1], is a convex cone, but not a linear space. For any two
such functions f and g, and any two nonnegative real numbers α and β,
Z
1
0
(αf +βg) (x) dx = α
Z
1
0
f (x) dx +β
Z
1
0
g (x) dx ≥ 0
It is clear that if α < 0 and
R
1
0
(αf) (x) dx > 0, then
R
1
0
(αf) (x) dx < 0, so that
axioms 2 and 6 fail to hold.
15.5.11 n. 16 (p. 555)
First solution. The set of all real Taylor polynomials of degree less than or equal to
n (including the zero polynomial) is a real linear space, since it coincides with the set
of all real polynomials of degree less than or equal to n, which is already known to be
a real linear space. The discussion of the above statement is a bit complicated by the
fact that nothing is said concerning the point where our Taylor polynomials are to be
centered. If the center is taken to be 0, the issue is really easy: every polynomial is
the Taylor polynomial centered at 0 of itself (considered, as it is, as a real function of
a real variable). This is immediate, if one thinks at the motivation for the definition
of Taylor polynomials: best n-degree polynomial approximation of a given function.
At any rate, if one takes the standard formula as a definition
Taylor
n
(f) at 0 ≡ x 7→
n
X
j=0
f
(j)
(0)
j!
x
j
here are the computations. Let
P : x 7→
n
X
i=0
p
i
x
n−i
Then
P
0
: x 7→
P
n−1
i=0
(n −i) p
i
x
n−1−i
P
0
(0) = p
n−1
P
00
: x 7→
P
n−2
i=0
(n −i) (n −(i + 1)) p
i
x
n−2−i
P
00
(0) = 2p
n−2
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
P
(j)
: x 7→
P
n−j
i=0
(n−i)!
(n−i−j)!
p
i
x
n−j−i
P
(j)
(0) = j!p
n−j
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
P
(n−1)
: x 7→n!p
0
x + (n −1)!p
1
P
(n−1)
(0) = (n −1)!p
1
P
(n)
: x 7→n!p
0
P
(n)
(0) = n!p
0
100 Linear spaces
and hence
n
X
j=0
P
(j)
(0)
j!
x
j
=
n
X
j=0
j!p
n−j
j!
x
j
=
n
X
i=0
p
i
x
n−i
= P (x)
On the other hand, if the Taylor polynomials are meant to be centered at some x
0
6= 0
Taylor
n
(f) at x
0
≡ x 7→
n
X
j=0
f
(j)
(x
0
)
j!
(x −x
0
)
j
it must be shown by more lengthy arguments that for each polynomial P the following
holds:
n
X
j=0
P
(j)
(x
0
)
j!
(x −x
0
)
j
=
n
X
i=0
p
i
x
n−i
Second solution. The set of all real Taylor polynomials (centered at x
0
∈ R)
of degree less than or equal to n (including the zero polynomial) is a real linear space.
Indeed, let P and Q be any two such polynomials; that is, let f and g be two real
functions of a real variable which are m and n times differentiable in x
0
, and let
P ≡Taylor
m
(f) at x
0
, Q ≡Taylor
n
(g) at x
0
, that is,
P : x 7→
m
X
i=0
f
(i)
(x
0
)
i!
(x −x
0
)
i
Q : x 7→
n
X
j=0
g
(j)
(x
0
)
j!
(x −x
0
)
j
Suppose first that m = n. Then for any two real numbers α andβ
αP +βQ =
m
X
k=0
½
α
·
f
(k)
(x
0
)
k!
¸

·
g
(k)
(x
0
)
k!
¸¾
(x −x
0
)
k
=
m
X
k=0
(αf +βg)
(k)
(x
0
)
k!
(x −x
0
)
k
= Taylor
m
(αf +βg) at x
0
Second, suppose (without loss of generality) that m > n. In this case, however,
αP +βQ =
n
X
k=0
αf
(k)
(x
0
) +βg
(k)
(x
0
)
k!
(x −x
0
)
k
+
m
X
k=n+1
αf
(k)
(x
0
)
k!
(x −x
0
)
k
a polynomial which can be legitimately considered the Taylor polynomial of degree
n at x
0
of the function αf + βg only if all the derivatives of g of order from n + 1
to m are null at x
0
. This is certainly true if g itself a polynomial of degree n. In
fact, this is true only in such a case, as it can be seen by repeated integration. It is
hence necessary, in addition, to state and prove the result asserting that each Taylor
polynomial of any degree and centered at any x
0
∈ R can be seen as the Taylor
polynomial of itself.
Exercises 101
15.5.12 n. 17 (p. 555)
The set S of all solutions of a linear second-order homogeneous differential equation
∀x ∈ (a, b) , y
00
(x) +P (x) y
0
(x) +Q(x) y (x) = 0
where P and Q are given everywhere continuous real functions of a real variable,
and (a, b) is some open interval to be determined together with the solution, is a real
linear space. First of all, it must be noticed that S is nonempty, and that its elements
are indeed real functions which are everywhere defined (that is, with (a, b) = R), due
to the main existence and solution continuation theorems in the theory of differential
equations. Second, the operator
L : D
2
→R
R
, y 7→y
00
+Py
0
+Qy
where R
R
is the set of all the real functions of a real variable, and D
2
is the subset
of R
R
of all the functions having a second derivative which is everywhere defined, is
linear:
∀y ∈ D
2
, ∀z ∈ D
2
, ∀α ∈ R, ∀β ∈ R,
L(αy +βz) = (αy +βz)
00
+P (αy +βz)
0
+Q(αy +βz)
= α(y
00
+Py
0
+Qy) +β (z
00
+Pz
0
+Qz)
= αL(y) +βL(z)
Third, D
2
is a real linear space, since
∀y ∈ D
2
, ∀z ∈ D
2
, ∀α ∈ R, ∀β ∈ R,
αy +βz ∈ D
2
by standard theorems on the derivative of a linear combination of differentiable
functions, and the usual remark concerning the other linear space axioms. Finally,
S =ker L is a linear subspace of D
2
, by the following standard argument:
L(y) = 0 ∧ L(z) = 0 ⇒L(αy +βz) = αL(y) +βL(z) = 0
and the usual remark.
15.5.13 n. 18 (p. 555)
The set of all bounded real sequences is a real linear space. Indeed, for every two real
sequences x ≡ (x
n
)
n∈N
and y ≡ (y
n
)
n∈N
and every two real numbers α and β, if x
and y are bounded, so that for some positive numbers ε and η and for every n ∈ N
the following holds:
|x
n
| < ε |y
n
| < η
then the sequence αx +βy is also bounded, since for every n ∈ N
|αx
n
+βy
n
| ≤ |α| |x
n
| + |β| |y
n
| < |α| ε + |β| η
Thus the closure axioms hold, and the usual remark concerning the other linear space
axioms applies.
102 Linear spaces
15.5.14 n. 19 (p. 555)
The set of all convergent real sequences is a real linear space. Indeed, for every two
real sequences x ≡ (x
n
)
n∈N
and y ≡ (y
n
)
n∈N
and every two real numbers α and β, if
x and y are convergent to x and y respectively, then the sequence αx+βy converges
to αx +βy. Thus the closure axioms hold. Usual remark concerning the other linear
space axioms.
15.5.15 n. 22 (p. 555)
The set U of all elements of R
3
with their third component equal to 0 is a real linear
space. Indeed, by linear combination the third component remains equal to 0; U is
the kernel of the linear function R
3
→R, (x, y, z) 7→z.
15.5.16 n. 23 (p. 555)
The set W of all elements of R
3
with their second or third component equal to 0 is
not a linear subspace of R
3
. For example, (0, 1, 0) and (0, 0, 1) are in the set, but
their sum (0, 1, 1) is not. The second closure axiom and the existence of negatives
axiom fail too. The other axioms hold. W is not even an affine subspace, nor it is
convex; however, it is a cone.
15.5.17 n. 24 (p. 555)
The set π of all elements of R
3
with their second component which is equal to the
third multiplied by 5 is a real linear space, being the kernel of the linear function
R
3
→R, (x, y, z) 7→5x −y.
15.5.18 n. 25 (p. 555)
The set ` of all elements (x, y, z) of R
3
such that 3x + 4y = 1 and z = 0 (the line
through the point P ≡ (−1, 1, 0) with direction vector v ≡ (4, −3, 0)) is an affine
subspace of R
3
, hence a convex set, but not a linear subspace of R
3
, hence not a
linear space itself. Indeed, for any two triples (x, y, z) and (u, v, w) of R
3
, and any
two real numbers α and β
3x + 4y = 1
z = 0
3u + 4v = 1
w = 0


½
3 (αx +βu) + 4 (αy +βv) = α +β
z + w = 0
Thus both closure axioms fail for `. Both existence axioms also fail, since neither
the null triple, nor the opposite of any triple in `, belong to `. The associative and
distributive laws have a defective status too, since they make sense in ` only under
quite restrictive assumptions on the elements of R
3
or the real numbers appearing in
them.
15.5.19 n. 26 (p. 555)
The set r of all elements (x, y, z) of R
3
which are scalar multiples of (1, 2, 3) (the line
through the origin having (1, 2, 3) as direction vector) is a real linear space. For any
Subspaces of a linear space 103
two elements (h, 2h, 3h) and (k, 2k, 3k) of r, and for any two real numbers α and β,
the linear combination
α(h, 2h, 3h) +β (k, 2k, 3k) = (αh +βk) (1, 2, 3)
belongs to r. r is the kernel of the linear function R
3
→R
2
, (x, y, z) 7→(2x −y, 3x −z).
15.5.20 n. 27 (p. 555)
The set of solutions of the linear homogenous system of equations
A(x, y, z)
0
= 0
is the kernel of the linear function R
3
→ R, (x, y, z) 7→ A(x, y, z)
0
and hence a real
linear space.
15.5.21 n. 28 (p. 555)
The subset of R
n
of all the linear combinations of two given vectors a and b is a
vector subspace of R
n
, namely span {a, b}. It is immediate to check that every linear
combination of linear combinations of a and b is again a linear combination of a and
b.
15.6 Subspaces of a linear space
15.7 Dependent and independent sets in a linear space
15.8 Bases and dimension
15.9 Exercises
15.9.1 n. 1 (p. 560)
The set S
1
of all elements of R
3
with their first coordinate equal to 0 is a linear
subspace of R
3
(see exercise 5.22 above). S
1
is the coordinate Y Z-plane, its dimension
is 2. A standard basis for it is {(0, 1, 0) , (0, 0, 1)}. It is clear that the two vectors are
linearly independent, and that for every real numbers y and z
(0, y, z) = y (0, 1, 0) +z (0, 0, 1)
104 Linear spaces
15.9.2 n. 2 (p. 560)
The set S
2
of all elements of R
3
with the first and second coordinate summing up to
0 is a linear subspace of R
3
(S
2
is the plane containing the Z-axis and the bisectrix of
the even-numbered quadrants of the XY -plane). A basis for it is {(1, −1, 0) , (0, 0, 1)};
its dimension is 2. It is clear that the two vectors are linearly independent, and that
for every three real numbers x, y and z such that x +y = 0
(x, y, z) = x(1, −1, 0) +z (0, 0, 1)
15.9.3 n. 3 (p. 560)
The set S
3
of all elements of R
3
with the coordinates summing up to 0 is a linear
subspace of R
3
(S
3
is the plane through the origin and normal vector n ≡ (1, 1, 1)).
A basis for it is {(1, −1, 0) , (0, −1, 1)}; its dimension is 2. It is clear that the two
vectors are linearly independent, and that for every three real numbers x, y and z
such that x +y +z = 0
(x, y, z) = x(1, −1, 0) +z (0, −1, 1)
15.9.4 n. 4 (p. 560)
The set S
4
of all elements of R
3
with the first two coordinates equal is a linear subspace
of R
3
(S
4
is the plane containing the Z-axis and the bisectrix of the odd-numbered
quadrants of the XY -plane). A basis for it is {(1, 1, 0) , (0, 0, 1)}; its dimension is 2.
It is clear that the two vectors are linearly independent, and that for every three real
numbers x, y and z such that x = y
(x, y, z) = x(1, 1, 0) +z (0, 0, 1)
15.9.5 n. 5 (p. 560)
The set S
5
of all elements of R
3
with all the coordinates equal is a linear subspace of
R
3
(S
5
is the line through the origin and direction vector d ≡ (1, 1, 1)). A basis for it
is {d}; its dimension is 1.
15.9.6 n. 6 (p. 560)
The set S
6
of all elements of R
3
with the first coordinate equal either to the second
or to the third is not a linear subspace of R
3
(S
6
is the union of the plane S
4
of
exercise 4 and the plane containing the Y -axis and the bisectrix of the odd-numbered
quadrants of the XZ-plane). For example, (1, 1, 0) and (1, 0, 1) both belong to S
6
,
but their sum (2, 1, 1) does not.
15.9.7 n. 7 (p. 560)
The set S
7
of all elements of R
3
with the first and second coordinates having identical
square is not a linear subspace of R
3
(S
7
is the union of the two planes containing
the Z-axis and one of the bisectrices of the odd and even-numbered quadrants of the
XY -plane). For example, (1, −1, 0) and (1, 1, 0) both belong to S
7
, but their sum
Exercises 105
(2, 0, 0) or their semisum (1, 0, 0) do not. S
7
is not an affine subspace of R
3
, and it
is not even convex. However, S
7
is a cone, and it is even closed with respect to the
external product (multiplication by arbitrary real numbers).
15.9.8 n. 8 (p. 560)
The set S
8
of all elements of R
3
with the first and second coordinates summing up to
1 is not a linear subspace of R
3
(S
8
is the vertical plane containing the line through
the points P ≡ (1, 0, 0) and Q ≡ (0, 1, 0)) For example, for every α 6= 1, α(1, 0, 0) ,
and α(0, 1, 0) do not belong to S
8
. S
8
is an affine subspace of R
3
, since
∀(x, y, z) ∈ R
3
, ∀(u, v, w) ∈ R
3
, ∀α ∈ R
(x +y = 1) ∧ (u +v = 1) ⇒[(1 −α) x +αu] + [(1 −α) y +αv] = 1
15.9.9 n. 9 (p. 560)
See exercise 26, p.555.
15.9.10 n. 10 (p. 560)
The set S
10
of all elements (x, y, z) of R
3
such that
x +y +z = 0
x −y −z = 0
is a line containing the origin, a subspace of R
3
of dimension 1. A base for it is
{(0, 1, −1)}. If (x, y, z) is any element of S
10
, then
(x, y, z) = y (0, 1, −1)
15.9.11 n. 11 (p. 560)
The set S
11
of all polynomials of degree not exceeding n, and taking value 0 at 0 is a
linear subspace of the set of all polynomials of degree not exceeding n, and hence a
linear space. If P is any polynomial of degree not exceeding n,
P : t 7→p
0
+
X
h∈n
p
h
t
h
(15.1)
then P belongs to S
11
if and only if p
0
= 0. It is clear that any linear combination of
polynomials in S
11
takes value 0 at 0. A basis for S
11
is
B ≡
©
t 7→t
h
ª
h∈n
Indeed, by the general principle of polynomial identity (which is more or less explicitly
proved in example 6, p.558), a linear combination of B is the null polynomial, if and
only if all its coefficients are null. Moreover, every polynomial belonging to S
11
is a
linear combination of B. It follows that dimS
11
= n.
106 Linear spaces
15.9.12 n. 12 (p. 560)
The set S
12
of all polynomials of degree not exceeding n, with first derivative taking
value 0 at 0, is a linear subspace of the set of all polynomials of degree not exceeding
n. Indeed, for any two suach polynomials P and Q, and any two real numbers α and
β,
(αP +βQ)
0
(0) = αP
0
(0) +βQ
0
(0) = α · 0 +β · 0 = 0
A polynomial P as in (15.1) belongs to S
12
if and only if p
1
= 0. A basis for S is
B ≡
n
¡
t 7→t
h+1
¢
h∈n−1
, (t 7→1)
o
That B is a basis can be seen as in the previous exercise. Thus dimS
12
= n.
15.9.13 n. 13 (p. 560)
The set S
13
of all polynomials of degree not exceeding n, with second derivative
taking value 0 at 0, is a linear subspace of the set of all polynomials of degree not
exceeding n. This is proved exactly as in the previous exercise (just replace
0
with
00
).
A polynomial P as in (15.1) belongs to S
13
if and only if p
2
= 0. A basis for S is
B ≡
n
¡
t 7→t
h+2
¢
h∈n−2
, (t 7→1) , (t 7→t)
o
That B is a basis can be seen as in the exercise 11. Thus dimS
13
= n.
15.9.14 n. 14 (p. 560)
The set S
14
of all polynomials of degree not exceeding n, with first derivative taking
value at 0 which is the opposite of the polynomial value at 0, is a linear subspace of
the set of all polynomials of degree not exceeding n. A polynomial P as in (15.1)
belongs to S
14
if and only if p
0
+ p
1
= 0. If P and Q are any two polynomials in S,
and α and β are any two real numbers,
(αP +βQ) (0) + (αP +βQ)
0
(1) = αP (0) +βQ(0) +αP
0
(0) +βQ
0
(0)
= α[P (0) +P
0
(0)] +β [Q(0) +Q
0
(0)]
= α · 0 +β · 0
A basis for S
14
is
B ≡
n
t 7→1 −t,
¡
t 7→t
h+1
¢
h∈n−1
o
Indeed, if α is the n-tuple of coefficients of a linear combination R of B, then
R : t 7→α
1
−α
1
t +
X
h∈n−1
α
h+1
t
h+1
Exercises 107
By the general principle of polynomial identity, the n-tuple α of coefficients of any
linear combination of B spanning the null vector must satisfy the conditions
α
1
= 0
α
h+1
= 0 (h ∈ n −1)
that is, the combination must be the trivial one. If P is any polynomial such that
p
0
+p
1
= 0, P belongs to span B, since by the position
α
1
= p
0
= −p
1
α
h+1
= p
h+1
(h ∈ n −1)
the linear combination of B with α as n-tuple of coefficients is equal to P. It follows
that B is a basis of S
14
, and hence that dimS = n.
15.9.15 n. 15 (p. 560)
The set S
15
of all polynomials of degree not exceeding n, and taking the same value
at 0 and at 1 is a linear subspace of the set of all polynomials of degree not exceeding
n, and hence a linear space. This can be seen exactly as in exercise 3, p.555. A
polynomial P belongs to S
15
if and only if
p
0
= p
0
+
X
h∈n
p
h
that is, if and only if
X
h∈n
p
h
= 0
A basis for S
15
is
B ≡
n
(t 7→1) ,
¡
t 7→(1 −t) t
h
¢
h∈n−1
o
and the dimension of S
15
is n.
15.9.16 n. 16 (p. 560)
The set S
16
of all polynomials of degree not exceeding n, and taking the same value
at 0 and at 2 is a linear subspace of the set of all polynomials of degree not exceeding
n, and hence a linear space. This can be seen exactly as in exercise 3, p.555. A
polynomial P belongs to S
16
if and only if
p
0
= p
0
+
X
h∈n
2
h
p
h
that is, if and only if
X
h∈n
2
h
p
h
= 0
108 Linear spaces
A basis for S
16
is
B ≡
n
(t 7→1) ,
¡
t 7→(2 −t) t
h
¢
h∈n−1
o
and the dimension of S
16
is n.
15.9.17 n. 22 (p. 560)
(b) It has alredy been shown in the notes that
lin S ≡
\
W subspace of V
S⊆W
W
=
(
v : ∃n ∈ N, ∃u ≡ (u
i
)
i∈n
∈ V
n
, ∃a ≡ (α
i
)
i∈n
∈ F
n
, v =
X
i∈n
α
i
u
i
)
hence if T is a subspace, and it contains S, then T contains lin S.
(c) If S = lin S, then of course S is a subspace of V because lin S is so. Conversely, if
S is a subspace of V , then S is one among the subspaces appearing in the definition
of lin S, and hence lin S ⊆ S; since S ⊆ lin S always, it follows that S = linS.
(e) If S and T are subspaces of V , then by point c above lin S = S and lin T = T,
and hence
S ∩ T = lin S ∩ lin T
Since the intersection of any family of subspaces is a subspace, S ∩ T is a subspace
of V .
(g) Let V ≡ R
2
, S ≡ {(1, 0) , (0, 1)}, T ≡ {(1, 0) , (1, 1)}. Then
S ∩ T = {(1, 0)}
L(S) = L(T) = R
2
L(S ∩ T) = {(x, y) : y = 0}
15.9.18 n. 23 (p. 560)
(a) Let
f : R →R, x 7→1
g : R →R, x 7→e
ax
h : R →R, x 7→e
bx
0 : R →R, x 7→0
and let (u, v, w) ∈ R
3
be such that
uf +vg +wh = 0
Exercises 109
In particular, for x = 0, x = 1, and x = 2, we have
u +v +w = 0
u +e
a
v +e
b
w = 0 (15.2)
u +e
2a
v +e
2b
w = 0
The determinant of the coefficient matrix of the above system is
¯
¯
¯
¯
¯
¯
1 1 1
1 e
a
e
b
1 e
2a
e
2b
¯
¯
¯
¯
¯
¯
=
¯
¯
¯
¯
¯
¯
1 1 1
0 e
a
−1 e
b
−1
0 e
2a
−1 e
2b
−1
¯
¯
¯
¯
¯
¯
= (e
a
−1)
¡
e
b
−1
¢ £
e
b
+ 1 −(e
a
+ 1)
¤
= (e
a
−1)
¡
e
b
−1
¢ ¡
e
b
−e
a
¢
Since by assumption a 6= b, at most one of the two numbers can be equal to zero. If
none of them is null, system (15.2) has only the trivial solution, the triple (f, g, h)
is linearly independent, and dimlin {f, g, h} = 3. If a = 0, then g = f; similarly, if
b = 0, then h = f. Thus if either a or b is null then (f, g, h) is linearly dependent (it
suffices to take (u, v, w) ≡ (1, −1, 0) or (u, v, w) ≡ (1, 0, −1), respectively).
It is convenient to state and prove the following (very) simple
Lemma 4 Let X be a set containing at least two distinct elements, and let f : X →R
be a nonnull constant function. For any function g : X → R, the couple (f, g) is
linearly dependent if and only if g is constant, too.
Proof. If g is constant, let Imf ≡ {y
f
} and Img ≡ {y
g
}. Then the function
y
g
f −y
f
g is the null function. Conversely, if (f, g) is linearly dependent, let (u, v) ∈
R
2
∼ (0, 0) be such that uf +vg is the null function. Thus
∀x ∈ X, uy
f
+vg (x) = 0
Since f is nonnull, y
f
6= 0. This yields
v = 0 ⇒u = 0
and hence v 6= 0. Then
∀x ∈ X, g (x) = −
u
v
y
f
and g is constant, too.
It immediately follows from the above lemma (and from the assumption a 6= b)
that if either a = 0 or b = 0, then dimlin {f, g, h} = 2.
(b) The two functions
f : x 7→e
ax
g : x 7→xe
ax
110 Linear spaces
are linearly independent, since
[∀x ∈ R, αe
x
+βxe
ax
= 0] ⇔ [∀x ∈ R, (α +βx) e
ax
= 0]
⇔ [∀x ∈ R, (α +βx) = 0]
⇔ α = β = 0
Notice that the argument holds even in the case a = 0, Thus dimlin {f, g} = 2.
(c) Arguing as in point a, let (u, v, w) ∈ R
3
be such that
uf +vg +wh = 0
where
f : x 7→1 g : x 7→e
ax
h : x 7→xe
ax
In particular, for x = 0, x = 1, and x = −1, we have
u +v +w = 0
u +e
a
v +e
a
w = 0 (15.3)
u +e
−a
v −e
−a
w = 0
a homogeneous system of equations whose coefficient matrix has determinant
¯
¯
¯
¯
¯
¯
1 1 1
1 e
a
e
a
1 e
−a
−e
−a
¯
¯
¯
¯
¯
¯
=
¯
¯
¯
¯
¯
¯
1 1 1
0 e
a
−1 e
a
−1
0 e
−a
−1 −e
−a
−1
¯
¯
¯
¯
¯
¯
= −(e
a
−1)
¡
e
−a
+ 1 +e
−a
−1
¢
= 2e
−a
(1 −e
a
)
Thus if a 6= 0 the above determinant is different from zero, yielding (u, v, w) =
(0, 0, 0). The triple (f, g, h) is linearly independent, and dimlin {f, g, h} = 3. On the
other hand, if a = 0 then f = g and h = Id
R
, so that dimlin {f, g, h} = 2.
(f) The two functions
f : x 7→sinx g : x 7→cos x
are linearly independent. Indeed, for every two real numbers α and β which are not
both null,
∀x ∈ R, αsinx +β cos x = 0
m
∀x ∈ R,
α

α
2

2
sinx +
β

α
2

2
cos x = 0
m
∀x ∈ R, sin (γ +x) = 0
Inner products. Euclidean spaces. Norms 111
where
γ ≡ signβ arccos
α
p
α
2

2
since the sin function is not identically null, the last condition cannot hold. Thus
dimlin{x 7→sin x, x 7→cos x} = 2.
(h) From the trigonometric addition formulas
∀x ∈ R cos 2x = cos
2
x −sin
2
x = 1 −2 sin
2
x
Let then
f : x 7→1 g : x 7→cos x g : x 7→sin
2
x
The triple (f, g, h) is linearly dependent, since
f −g + 2h = 0
By the lemma discussed at point a, dimlin {f, g, h} = 2.
15.10 Inner products. Euclidean spaces. Norms
15.11 Orthogonality in a euclidean space
112 Linear spaces
15.12 Exercises
15.12.1 n. 9 (p. 567)
hu
1
, u
2
i =
Z
1
−1
t dt =
t
2
2
¯
¯
¯
¯
1
−1
=
1
2

1
2
= 0
hu
2
, u
3
i =
Z
1
−1
t +t
2
dt = 0 +
t
3
3
¯
¯
¯
¯
1
−1
=
1
3

µ

1
3

=
2
3
hu
3
, u
1
i =
Z
1
−1
1 +t dt = t|
1
−1
+ 0 = 1 −(−1) = 2
ku
1
k
2
=
Z
1
−1
1 dt = 2 ku
1
k =

2
ku
2
k
2
=
Z
1
−1
t
2
dt =
2
3
ku
2
k =
r
2
3
ku
3
k
2
=
Z
1
−1
1 + 2t +t
2
dt = 2 +
2
3
ku
3
k =
r
8
3
cos [ u
2
u
3
=
2
3
q
2
3
q
8
3
=
1
2
cos [ u
1
u
3
=
2

2
q
8
3
=

3
2
[ u
2
u
3
=
π
3
[ u
1
u
3
=
π
6
15.12.2 n. 11 (p. 567)
(a) Let for each n ∈ N
I
n

Z
+∞
0
e
−t
t
n
dt
Then
I
0
=
Z
+∞
0
e
−t
dt = lim
x→+∞
Z
x
0
e
−t
dt
= lim
x→+∞
−e
−t
¯
¯
x
0
= lim
x→+∞
−e
−x
+ 1
= 1
Exercises 113
and, for each n ∈ N,
I
n+1
=
Z
+∞
0
e
−t
t
n+1
dt = lim
x→+∞
Z
x
0
e
−t
t
n+1
dt
= lim
x→+∞
½
−e
−t
t
n+1
¯
¯
x
0
+ (n + 1)
Z
x
0
e
−t
t
n
dt
¾
= lim
x→+∞
©
−e
−x
x
n+1
−0
ª
+ (n + 1) lim
x→+∞
½Z
x
0
e
−t
t
n
dt
¾
= 0 + (n + 1)
Z
+∞
0
e
−t
t
n
dt
= (n + 1) I
n
The integral involved in the definition of I
n
is always convergent, since for each n ∈ N
lim
x→+∞
e
−x
x
n
= 0
It follows that
∀n ∈ N, I
n
= n!
Let now
f : t 7→α
0
+
X
i∈m
α
i
t
i
g : t 7→β
0
+
X
i∈n
β
j
t
j
be two real polynomials, of degree m and n respectively. Then the product fg is a
real polynomial of degree m+n, containing for each k ∈ m+n a monomial of degree
k of the form α
i
t
i
β
j
t
j
= α
i
β
j
t
i+j
whenever i +j = k. Thus
fg = α
0
β
0
+
X
k∈m+n

¸
¸
¸
X
i∈m, j∈n
i+j=k
α
i
β
j
¸

t
k
114 Linear spaces
and the scalar product of f and g is results in the sum of m + n + 1 converging
integrals
hf, gi =
Z
+∞
0
e
−t

α
0
β
0
+
X
k∈m+n

¸
¸
¸
X
i∈m, j∈n
i+j=k
α
i
β
j
¸

t
k
¸
¸
¸
¸
dt
= α
0
β
0
Z
+∞
0
e
−t
dt +
X
k∈m+n

¸
¸
¸
X
i∈m, j∈n
i+j=k
α
i
β
j
¸

Z
+∞
0
e
−t
t
k
dt
= α
0
β
0
I
0
+
X
k∈m+n

¸
¸
¸
X
i∈m, j∈n
i+j=k
α
i
β
j
¸

I
k
= α
0
β
0
+
X
k∈m+n

¸
¸
¸
X
i∈m, j∈n
i+j=k
α
i
β
j
¸

k!
(b) If for each n ∈ N
x
n
: t 7→t
n
then for each m ∈ N and each n ∈ N
hx
m
, x
n
i =
Z
+∞
0
e
−t
t
m
t
n
dt
= I
m+n
= (m+n)!
(c) If
f : t 7→(t + 1)
2
g : t 7→t
2
+ 1
then
fg : t 7→t
4
+ 2t
3
+ 2t
2
+ 2t + 1
hf, gi =
Z
+∞
0
e
−t
¡
t
4
+ 2t
3
+ 2t
2
+ 2t + 1
¢
dt
= I
4
+ 2I
3
+ 2I
2
+ 2I
1
+I
0
= 4! + 2 · 3! + 2 · 2! + 2 · 1! + 1
= 43
Construction of orthogonal sets. The Gram-Schmidt process 115
(d) If
f : t 7→t + 1 g : t 7→αt +β
then
fg : t 7→αt
2
+ (α +β) t +β
hf, gi = αI
2
+ (α +β) I
1
+βI
0
= 3α + 2β
and
hf, gi = 0 ⇔(α, β) = (2γ, −3γ) (γ ∈ R)
that is, the set of all polynomials of degree less than or equal to 1 which are orthogonal
to f is
P
1
∩ perp {f} = {g
γ
: t 7→2γt −3γ}
γ∈R
15.13 Construction of orthogonal sets. The Gram-Schmidt process
15.14 Orthogonal complements. projections
15.15 Best approximation of elements in a euclidean space by elements
in a finite-dimensional subspace
15.16 Exercises
15.16.1 n. 1 (p. 576)
(a) By direct inspection of the coordinates of the three given vectors. it is seen that
they all belong to the plane π of equation x−z = 0. Since no two of them are parallel,
lin {x
1
, x
2
, x
3
} = π and dimlin{x
1
, x
2
, x
3
} = 2. A unit vector in π is given by
v ≡
1
3
(2, 1, 2)
Every vector belonging to the line π ∩ perp {v} must have the form
(x, −4x, x)
116 Linear spaces
with norm 3

2 |x|. Thus a second unit vector which together with v spans π, and
which is orthogonal to v, is
w ≡

2
6
(1, −4, 1)
The required orthonormal basis for lin {x
1
, x
2
, x
3
} is {v, w}.
(b) The answer is identical to the one just given for case a.
15.16.2 n. 2 (p. 576)
(a) First solution. It is easily checked that
x
2
/ ∈ lin {x
1
}
x
3
/ ∈ lin {x
1
, x
2
}
0 = x
1
−x
2
+x
3
−x
4
Thus dimW ≡ dimlin {x
1
, x
2
, x
3
, x
4
} = 3, and three vectors are required for any
basis of W. The following vectors form an orthonormal one:
y
1

x
1
kx
1
k
=

2
2
(1, 1, 0, 0)
y
2

x
2
−hx
2
, y
1
i y
1
kx
2
−hx
2
, y
1
i y
1
k
=
(0, 1, 1, 0) −

2
2

2
2
(1, 1, 0, 0)
°
°
°(0, 1, 1, 0) −

2
2

2
2
(1, 1, 0, 0)
°
°
°
=
¡

1
2
,
1
2
, 1, 0
¢
q
1
4
+
1
4
+ 1
=

6
6
(−1, 1, 2, 0)
y
3

x
3
−hx
3
, y
1
i y
1
−−hx
3
, y
2
i y
2
kx
3
−hx
3
, y
1
i y
1
−−hx
3
, y
2
i y
2
k
=
(0, 0, 1, 1) −0 −2

6
6

6
6
(−1, 1, 2, 0)
°
°
°(0, 0, 1, 1) −0 −2

6
6

6
6
(−1, 1, 2, 0)
°
°
°
=
¡
1
3
, −
1
3
,
1
3
, 1
¢
q
1
9
+
1
9
+
1
9
+ 1
=

3
6
(1, −1, 1, 3)
Second solution. More easily, it suffices to realize that
lin {x
1
, x
2
, x
3
, x
4
} = H
(1,−1,1,−1),0

©
(x, y, z, t) ∈ R
4
: x −y +z −t = 0
ª
is the hyperplane of R
4
through the origin, with (1, −1, 1, −1) as normal vector, to
directly exhibit two mutually orthogonal unit vectors in lin {x
1
, x
2
, x
3
, x
4
}
u ≡

2
2
(1, 1, 0, 0) v ≡

2
2
(0, 0, 1, 1)
Exercises 117
It remains to find a unit vector in H
(1,−1,1,−1),0
∩perp{u, v}. The following equations
characterize H
(1,−1,1,−1),0
∩ perp{u, v}:
x −y +z −t = 0
x +y = 0
z +t = 0
yielding (by addition) 2 (x +z) = 0, and hence
w ≡
1
2
(1, −1, −1, 1) or w ≡ −
1
2
(1, −1, −1, 1)
Thus an orthonormal basis for lin {x
1
, x
2
, x
3
, x
4
} is {u, v, w}.
(b) It is easily checked that
x
2
/ ∈ lin {x
1
}
0 = 2x
1
−x
2
−x
3
Thus dimW ≡ dimlin {x
1
, x
2
, x
3
} = 2, and two vectors are required for any basis of
W. The following vectors form an orthonormal one:
y
1

x
1
kx
1
k
=

3
3
(1, 1, 0, 1)
y
2

x
2
−hx
2
, y
1
i y
1
kx
2
−hx
2
, y
1
i y
1
k
=
(1, 0, 2, 1) −2

3
3

3
3
(1, 1, 0, 1)
°
°
°(0, 1, 1, 0) −2

3
3

3
3
(1, 1, 0, 1)
°
°
°
=
¡
1
3
, −
2
3
, 2,
1
3
¢
q
1
9
+
4
9
+ 4 +
1
9
=

42
42
(1, −2, 6, 1)
15.16.3 n. 3 (p. 576)
hy
0
, y
0
i =
Z
π
0
1

π
1

π
dt = π
1
π
= 1
hy
n
, y
n
i =
Z
π
0
r
2
π
cos nt
r
2
π
cos nt dt =
2
π
Z
π
0
cos
2
nt dt
Let
I
n

Z
π
0
cos
2
ntdt =
Z
π
0
cos nt cos nt dt
integrating by parts
I
n
= cos nt
sinnt
n
¯
¯
¯
¯
π
0

Z
π
0
−nsin nt
sin nt
n
dt
=
Z
π
0
sin
2
nt dt =
Z
π
0
1 −cos
2
nt dt
= π −I
n
118 Linear spaces
Thus
I
n
=
π
2
hy
n
, y
n
i = 1
and every function y
n
has norm equal to one.
To check mutual orthogonality, let us compute
hy
0
, y
n
i =
Z
π
0
1

π
cos nt dt =
1

π
sin nt
n
¯
¯
¯
¯
π
0
= 0
hy
m
, y
n
i =
Z
π
0
cos mt cos nt dt
= cos mt
sinnt
n
¯
¯
¯
¯
π
0

Z
π
0
−msin mt
sin nt
n
dt
=
m
n
Z
π
0
sin mt sinnt dt
=
m
n
sin mt
µ

cos nt
n
¶¯
¯
¯
¯
π
0

m
n
Z
π
0
mcos mt
µ

cos nt
n

dt
=
³
m
n
´
2
hy
m
, y
n
i
Since m and n are distinct positive integers,
¡
m
n
¢
2
is different from 1, and the equation
hy
m
, y
n
i =
³
m
n
´
2
hy
m
, y
n
i
can hold only if hy
m
, y
n
i = 0.
That the set {y
n
}
+∞
n=0
generates the same space generated by the set {x
n
}
+∞
n=0
is trivial, since, for each n, y
n
is a multiple of x
n
.
15.16.4 n. 4 (p. 576)
We have
hy
0
, y
0
i =
Z
1
0
1dt = 1
hy
1
, y
1
i =
Z
1
0
3
¡
4t
2
−4t + 1
¢
dt = 3
Ã
4
3
t
3
−2t
2
+t
¯
¯
¯
¯
1
0
!
= 1
hy
2
, y
2
i =
Z
1
0
5
¡
36t
4
−72t
3
+ 48t
2
−12t + 1
¢
dt
= 5
Ã
36
5
t
5
−18t
4
+ 16t
3
−6t
2
+t
¯
¯
¯
¯
1
0
!
= 1
Exercises 119
which proves that the three given functions are unit vectors with respect to the given
inner product.
Moreover,
hy
0
, y
1
i =
Z
1
0

3 (2t −1) dt =

3
³
t
2
−t
¯
¯
1
0
´
= 0
hy
0
, y
2
i =
Z
1
0

5
¡
6t
2
−6t + 1
¢
dt =

5
³
2t
3
−3t
2
+t
¯
¯
1
0
´
= 0
hy
1
, y
2
i =
Z
1
0

15
¡
12t
3
−18t
2
+ 8t −1
¢
dt
=

15
³
3t
4
−6t
3
+ 4t
2
−t
¯
¯
1
0
´
= 0
which proves that the three given functions are mutually orthogonal. Thus {y
1
, y
2
, y
3
}
is an orthonormal set, and hence linearly independent.
Finally,
x
0
= y
0
x
1
=
1
2
y
0
+

3
2
y
1
x
2
=
Ã
1 −

5
30
!
y
1
+

3
3
y
1
+

5
30
y
2
which proves that
lin {y
1
, y
2
, y
3
} = lin {x
1
, x
2
, x
3
}
120 Linear spaces
Chapter 16
LINEAR TRANSFORMATIONS AND MATRICES
16.1 Linear transformations
16.2 Null space and range
16.3 Nullity and rank
16.4 Exercises
16.4.1 n. 1 (p. 582)
T is linear, since for every (x, y) ∈ R
2
, for every (u, v) ∈ R
2
, for every α ∈ R, for
every β ∈ R,
T [α(x, y) +β (u, v)] = T [(αx +βu, αy +βv)]
= (αy +βv, αx +βu)
= α(y, x) +β (v, u)
= αT [(x, y)] +βT [(u, v)]
The null space of T is the trivial subspace {(0, 0)}, the range of T is R
2
, and hence
rank T = 2 nullity T = 0
T is the orthogonal symmetry with respect to the bisectrix r of the first and third
quadrant, since, for every (x, y) ∈ R
2
, T (x, y) − (x, y) is orthogonal to r, and the
midpoint of [(x, y) , T (x, y)], which is (x +y, x +y), lies on r.
122 Linear transformations and matrices
16.4.2 n. 2 (p. 582)
T is linear, since for every (x, y) ∈ R
2
, for every (u, v) ∈ R
2
, for every α ∈ R, and for
every β ∈ R,
T [α(x, y) +β (u, v)] = T [(αx +βu, αy +βv)]
= (αy +βv, αx +βu)
= α(y, x) +β (v, u)
= αT [(x, y)] +βT [(u, v)]
The null space of T is the trivial subspace {(0, 0)}, the range of T is R
2
, and hence
rank T = 2 nullity T = 0
T is the orthogonal symmetry with respect to the X-axis.
16.4.3 n. 3 (p. 582)
T is linear , since for every (x, y) ∈ R
2
, for every (u, v) ∈ R
2
, for every α ∈ R, and
for every β ∈ R,
T [α(x, y) +β (u, v)] = T [(αx +βu, αy +βv)]
= (αx +βu, 0)
= α(x, 0) +β (u, 0)
= αT [(x, y)] +βT [(u, v)]
The null space of T is the Y -axis, the range of T is the X-axis, and hence
rank T = 1 nullity T = 1
T is the orthogonal projection on the X-axis.
16.4.4 n. 4 (p. 582)
T is linear, since for every (x, y) ∈ R
2
, for every (u, v) ∈ R
2
, for every α ∈ R, and for
every β ∈ R,
T [α(x, y) +β (u, v)] = T [(αx +βu, αy +βv)]
= (αx +βu, αx +βu)
= α(x, x) +β (u, u)
= αT [(x, y)] +βT [(u, v)]
The null space of T is the Y -axis, the range of T is the bisectrix of the I and III
quadrant, and hence
rank T = nullity T = 1
Exercises 123
16.4.5 n. 5 (p. 582)
T is not a linear function, since, e.g., for x and u both different from 0,
T (x +u, 0) =
¡
x
2
+ 2xy +u
2
, 0
¢
T (x, 0) +T (u, 0) =
¡
x
2
+u
2
, 0
¢
16.4.6 n. 6 (p. 582)
T is not linear; indeed, for every (x, y) ∈ R
2
, for every (u, v) ∈ R
2
, for every α ∈ R,
for every β ∈ R,
T [α(x, y) +β (u, v)] = T [(αx +βu, αy +βv)]
=
¡
e
αx+βu
, e
αy+βv
¢
=
h
(e
x
)
α
· (e
u
)
β
, (e
y
)
α
· (e
v
)
β
i
αT [(x, y)] +βT [(u, v)] = α(e
x
, e
y
) +β (e
u
, e
v
)
= (αe
x
+βe
u
, αe
y
+βe
v
)
so that, e.g., when x = y = 0 and u = v = α = β = 1,
T [(0, 0) + (1, 1)] = (e, e)
T [(0, 0)] +T [(1, 1)] = (1 +e, 1 +e)
16.4.7 n. 7 (p. 582)
T is not an affine function, but it is not linear. Indeed, for every (x, y) ∈ R
2
, for
every (u, v) ∈ R
2
, for every α ∈ R, and for every β ∈ R,
T [α(x, y) +β (u, v)] = T [(αx +βu, αy +βv)]
= (αx +βu, 1)
αT [(x, y)] +βT [(u, v)] = α(x, 1) +β (u, 1)
= (αx +βu, α +β)
16.4.8 n. 8 (p. 582)
T is affine, but not linear; indeed, for every (x, y) ∈ R
2
, for every (u, v) ∈ R
2
, for
every α ∈ R, and for every β ∈ R,
T [α(x, y) +β (u, v)] = T [(αx +βu, αy +βv)]
= (αx +βu + 1, αy +βv + 1)
αT [(x, y)] +βT [(u, v)] = α(x + 1, y + 1) +β (u + 1, v + 1)
= (αx +βu +α +β, αy +βv +α +β)
124 Linear transformations and matrices
16.4.9 n. 9 (p. 582)
T is linear, since for every (x, y) ∈ R
2
, for every (u, v) ∈ R
2
, for every α ∈ R, and for
every β ∈ R,
T [α(x, y) +β (u, v)] = T [(αx +βu, αy +βv)]
= (αx +βu −αy −βv, αx +βu +αy +βv)
= α(x −y, x +y) +β (u −v, u +v)
= αT [(x, y)] +βT [(u, v)]
The null space of T is the trivial subspace {(0, 0)}, the range of T is R
2
, and hence
rank T = 2 nullity T = 0
The matrix representing T is
A ≡
·
1 −1
1 1
¸
=

2
"

2
2


2
2 √
2
2

2
2
#
=
· √
2 0
0

2
¸ ·
cos
π
4
−sin
π
4
sin
π
4
cos
π
4
¸
Thus T is the composition of a counterclockwise rotation by an angle of
π
4
with a
homothety of modulus

2.
16.4.10 n. 10 (p. 582)
T is linear, since for every (x, y) ∈ R
2
, for every (u, v) ∈ R
2
, for every α ∈ R, and for
every β ∈ R,
T [α(x, y) +β (u, v)] = T [(αx +βu, αy +βv)]
= (2 (αx +βu) −(αy +βv) , (αx +βu) + (αy +βv))
= α(2x −y, x +y) +β (2u −v, u +v)
= αT [(x, y)] +βT [(u, v)]
The null space of T is the trivial subspace {(0, 0)}, the range of T is R
2
, and hence
rank T = 2 nullity T = 0
The matrix representing T is
A ≡
·
2 −1
1 1
¸
the characteristic polynomial of A is
λ
2
−3λ + 3
Exercises 125
and the eigenvalues of A are
λ
1

3 +

3i
2
λ
2

3 −

3i
2
An eigenvector associated to λ
1
is
z ≡
µ
2
1 −

3i

The matrix representing T with respect to the basis
{Imz, Re z} =
½µ
0


3

,
µ
2
1
¶¾
is
B ≡
"
3
2


3
2 √
3
2
3
2
#
=

3
"

3
2

1
2
1
2

3
2
#
=
· √
3 0
0

3
¸ ·
cos
π
6
−sin
π
6
sin
π
6
cos
π
6
¸
Thus T is the composition of a counterclockwise rotation by an angle of
π
6
with a
homothety of modulus

3.
16.4.11 n. 16 (p. 582)
T is linear, since for every (x, y, z) ∈ R
3
, for every (u, v, w) ∈ R
3
, for every α ∈ R,
for every β ∈ R,
T [α(x, y, z) +β (u, v, w)] = T [(αx +βu, αy + βv, αz +βw)]
= (αz +βw, αy +βv, αx +βu)
= α(z, y, x) +β (w, v, u)
= αT [(x, y, z)] +βT [(u, v, w)]
The null space of T is the trivial subspace {(0, 0, 0)}, the range of T is R
3
, and hence
rank T = 3 nark T = 0
16.4.12 n. 17 (p. 582)
T is linear (as every projection on a coordinate hyperplane), since for every (x, y, z) ∈
R
3
, for every (u, v, w) ∈ R
3
, for every α ∈ R, for every β ∈ R,
T [α(x, y, z) +β (u, v, w)] = T [(αx +βu, αy + βv, αz +βw)]
= (αx +βu, αy +βv, 0)
= α(x, y, 0) +β (u, v, 0)
= αT [(x, y, z)] +βT [(u, v, w)]
The null space of T is the Z-axis, the range of T is the XY -plane, and hence
rank T = 2 nark T = 1
126 Linear transformations and matrices
16.4.13 n. 23 (p. 582)
T is linear, since for every (x, y, z) ∈ R
3
, for every (u, v, w) ∈ R
3
, for every α ∈ R,
for every β ∈ R,
T [α(x, y, z) +β (u, v, w)] = T [(αx +βu, αy +βv, αz +βw)]
= (αx +βu +αz +βw, 0, αx +βu +αy +βv)
= [α(x +z) , 0, α(x +y)] + [β (u +w) , 0, β (u +v)]
= α(x, y, z) +β (u, v, w)
= αT [(x, y, z)] +βT [(u, v, w)]
The null space of T is the axis of central symmetry of the (+, −, −)-orthant and of
the (−, +, +)-orthant, of parametric equations
x = t y = −t z = −t
the range of T is the XZ-plane, and hence
rank T = 2 nark T = 1
16.4.14 n. 25 (p. 582)
Let D
1
(−1, 1) or, more shortly, D
1
be the linear space of all real functions of a real
variable which are defined and everywhere differentiable on (−1, 1). If
T : D
1
→R
(−1,1)
, f 7→(x 7→xf
0
(x))
then T is a linear operator. Indeed,
T (f +g) =
¡
x 7→x[f +g]
0
(x)
¢
= (x 7→x[f
0
(x) +g
0
(x)])
= (x 7→xf
0
(x) +xg
0
(x))
= (x 7→xf
0
(x)) + (x 7→+xg
0
(x))
= T (f) +T (g)
Moreover,
ker T = {f ∈ D
1
: ∀x ∈ (−1, 1) , xf
0
(x) = 0}
= {f ∈ D
1
: ∀x ∈ (−1, 0) ∪ (0, 1) , f
0
(x) = 0}
By an important though sometimes overlooked theorem in calculus, every function f
which is differentiable in (−1, 0) ∪ (0, 1) and continuous in 0, is differentiable in 0 as
well, provided lim
x→0
f
0
(x) exists and is finite, in which case
f
0
(0) = lim
x→0
f
0
(x)
Exercises 127
Thus
ker T = {f ∈ D
1
: f
0
= 0}
(here 0 is the identically null function defined on (−1, 1)). If f belongs to ker T, by
the classical theorem due to Lagrange,
∀x ∈ (−1, 1) , ∃ϑ
x
∈ (0, x)
f (x) = f (0) +xf
0

x
)
and hence f is constant on (−1, 1). It follows that a basis of ker T is given by the
constant function (x 7→1), and nullity T = 1. Since T (D
1
) contains, e.g., all the
restrictions to (−1, 1) of the polynomials with vanishing zero-degree monomial, and
it is already known that the linear space of all polynomials has an infinite basis, the
dimension of T (D
1
) is infinite.
16.4.15 n. 27 (p. 582)
Let D
2
be the linear space of all real functions of a real variable which are defined
and everywhere differentiable on R. If
L : D
2
→R
R
, y 7→y
00
+Py
0
+Q
where P and Q are real functions of a real variable which are continuous on R, it has
been shown in the solution to exercise 17, p.555, that L is a linear operator. Thus
ker L is the set of all solutions to the linear differential equation of the second order
∀x ∈ R, y
00
(x) +P (x) y
0
(x) +Q(x) y (x) = 0 (16.1)
By the uniqueness theorem for Cauchy’s problems in the theory of differential equa-
tions, for each (y
0
, y
0
0
) ∈ R
2
there exists a unique solution to equation (16.1) such
that y (0) = y
0
and y
0
(0) = y
0
0
. Hence the function
ϕ : ker L →R
2
, y 7→
µ
y (0)
y
0
(0)

is injective and surjective. Moreover, let u be the solution to equation (16.1) such
that (u (0) , u
0
(0)) = (1, 0), and let v be the solution to equation (16.1) such that
(v (0) , v
0
(0)) = (0, 1). Then for each (y
0
, y
0
0
) ∈ R
2
, since ker L is a linear subspace of
D
2
, the function
y : x 7→y
0
u(x) +y
0
0
v (x)
is a solution to equation (16.1), and by direct inspection it is seen that y (0) = y
0
and
y
0
(0) = y
0
0
. In other words, ϕ
−1
((y
0
, y
0
0
)), and
ker L = span {u, v}
Finally, u and v are linearly independent; indeed, since u(0) = 1 and v (0) = 0,
αu(x) + βv (x) = 0 for each x ∈ R can only hold (by evaluating at x = 0) if α = 0;
in such a case, from βv (x) = 0 for each x ∈ R and v
0
(0) = 1 it is easily deduced that
β = 0 as well. Thus nullity L = 2.
128 Linear transformations and matrices
16.5 Algebraic operations on linear transformations
16.6 Inverses
16.7 One-to-one linear transformations
16.8 Exercises
16.8.1 n. 15 (p. 589)
T is injective (or one to one), since
T (x, y, z) = T (x
0
, y
0
, z
0
) ⇔

x = x
0
2y = 2y
0
3z = 3z
0
⇔(x, y, z) = (x
0
, y
0
, z
0
)
T
−1
(u, v, w) =
³
u,
v
2
,
w
3
´
16.8.2 n. 16 (p. 589)
T is injective, since
T (x, y, z) = T (x
0
, y
0
, z
0
) ⇔

x = x
0
y = y
0
x +y +z = x
0
+y
0
+z
0
⇔(x, y, z) = (x
0
, y
0
, z
0
)
T
−1
(u, v, w) = (u, v, w −u −v)
16.8.3 n. 17 (p. 589)
T is injective, since
T (x, y, z) = T (x
0
, y
0
, z
0
) ⇔

x + 1 = x
0
+ 1
y + 1 = y
0
+ 1
z −1 = z
0
−1
⇔(x, y, z) = (x
0
, y
0
, z
0
)
T
−1
(u, v, w) = (u −1, v −1, w + 1)
Linear transformations with prescribed values 129
16.8.4 n. 27 (p. 590)
Let
p = x 7→p
0
+p
1
x +p
2
x
2
+ · · · +p
n−1
x
n−1
+p
n
x
n
DT (p) = D[T (p)] = D
·
x 7→
Z
x
0
p(t) dt
¸
= x 7→p(x)
the last equality being a consequence of the fundamental theorem of integral calculus.
TD(p) = T [D(p)] = T
£
x 7→p
1
+ 2p
2
x + · · · (n −1) p
n−1
x
n−2
+np
n
x
n−1
¤
= x 7→
Z
x
0
p
1
+ 2p
2
t + · · · (n −1) p
n−1
t
n−2
+np
n
t
n−1
dt
= x 7→ p
1
t +p
2
t
2
+ · · · p
n−1
t
n−1
+p
n
t
n
¯
¯
x
0
= x 7→p
1
x +p
2
x
2
+ · · · p
n−1
x
n−1
+p
n
x
n
= p −p
0
Thus TD acts as the identity map only on the subspace W of V containing all
polynomials having the zero degree monomial (p
0
) equal to zero. ImTD is equal to
W, and ker TD is the set of all constant polynomials, i.e., zero-degree polynomials.
16.9 Linear transformations with prescribed values
16.10 Matrix representations of linear transformations
16.11 Construction of a matrix representation in diagonal form
16.12 Exercises
16.12.1 n. 3 (p. 596)
(a) Since T (i) = i +j and T (j) = 2i −j,
T (3i −4j) = 3T (i) −4T (j) = 3 (i +j) −4 (2i −j)
= −5i + 7j
T
2
(3i −4j) = T (−5i + 7j) = −5T (i) + 7T (j)
= −5 (i +j) + 7 (2i −j) = 9i −12j
130 Linear transformations and matrices
(b) The matrix of T with respect to the basis {i, j} is
A ≡
£
T (i) T (j)
¤
=
·
1 2
1 −1
¸
and the matrix of T
2
with respect to the same basis is
A
2

·
3 0
0 3
¸
(c) First solution (matrix for T). If e
1
= i −j and e
2
= 3i +j, the matrix
P ≡
£
e
1
e
2
¤
=
·
1 3
−1 1
¸
transforms the (canonical) coordinates (1, 0) and (0, 1) of e
1
and e
2
with respect to
the basis {e
1
, e
2
} into their coordinates (1, −1) and (3, 1) with respect to the basis
{i, j}; hence P is the matrix of coordinate change from basis {e
1
, e
2
} to basis {i, j},
and P
−1
is the matrix of coordinate change from basis {i, j} to basis {e
1
, e
2
}. The
operation of the matrix B representing T with respect to the basis {e
1
, e
2
} can be
described as the combined effect of the following three actions: 1) coordinate change
from coordinates w.r. to basis {e
1
, e
2
} into coordinates w.r. to the basis {i, j} (that
is, multiplication by matrix P); 2) transformation according to T as expressed by
the matrix representing T w.r. to the basis {i, j} (that is, multiplication by A); 3)
coordinate change from coordinates w.r. to the basis {i, j} into coordinates w.r. to
basis {e
1
, e
2
} (that is, multiplication by P
−1
). Thus
B = P
−1
AP =
1
4
·
1 −3
1 1
¸ ·
1 2
1 −1
¸ ·
1 3
−1 1
¸
=
1
4
·
−2 5
2 1
¸ ·
1 3
−1 1
¸
=
1
4
·
−7 −1
1 7
¸
Second solution (matrix for T). The matrix B representing T with respect to the
basis {e
1
, e
2
} is
B ≡
£
T (e
1
) T (e
2
)
¤
provided T (e
1
) and T (e
2
) are meant as coordinate vectors (α, β) and (γ, δ) with
respect to the basis {e
1
, e
2
}. Since, on the other hand, with respect to the basis {i, j}
we have
T (e
1
) = T (i −j) = T (i) −T (j) = (i +j) −(2i −j)
= −i + 2j
T (e
2
) = T (3i +j) = 3T (i) +T (j) = 3 (i +j) + (2i −j)
= 5i + 2j
Exercises 131
it suffices to find the {e
1
, e
2
}-coordinates (α, β) and (γ, δ) which correspond to the
{i, j}-coordinates (−1, 2) and (5, 2). Thus we want to solve the two equation systems
(in the unknowns (α, β) and (γ, δ), respectively)
αe
1
+βe
2
= −i + 2j
γe
1
+δe
2
= 5i + 2j
that is,
½
α + 3β = −1
−α +β = 2
½
γ + 3δ = 5
−γ +δ = 2
The (unique) solutions are (α, β) =
1
4
(−7, 1) and (γ, δ) =
1
4
(−1, 7), so that
B =
1
7
·
−7 −1
1 7
¸
Continuation (matrix for T
2
). Since T
2
is represented by a scalar diagonal matrix
with respect to the initially given basis, it is represented by the same matrix with
respect to every basis (indeed, since scalar diagonal matrices commute with every
matrix of the same order, P
−1
DP = D for every scalar diagonal matrix D).
16.12.2 n. 4 (p. 596)
T : (x, y) (reflection w.r. to the Y -axis) 7→ (−x, y)
(length doubling) 7→ (−2x, 2y)
Thus T may be represented by the matrix
A
T

µ
−2 0
0 2

and hence T
2
by the matrix
A
2
T

µ
4 0
0 4

16.12.3 n. 5 (p. 596)
a)
T (i + 2j + 3k) = T (k) +T (j +k) +T (i +j +k)
= (2i + 3j + 5k) +i + (j −k)
= 3i + 4j + 4k
132 Linear transformations and matrices
The three image vectors T (k), T (j +k), T (i +j +k) form a linearly independent
triple. Indeed, the linear combination
xT (k) +yT (j +k) +zT (i +j +k) = x(2i + 3j + 5k) +yi +z (j −k)
= (2x +y) i + (3x +z) j + (5x −z) k
spans the null vector if and only if
2x +y = 0
3x +z = 0
5x −z = 0
which yields (II + III) x = 0, and hence (by substitution in I and II) y = z = 0.
Thus the range space of T is R
3
, and rank T is 3. It follows that the null space of T
is the trivial subspace {(0, 0, 0)}, and nark T is 0.
b) The matrix of T with respect to the basis {i, j, k} is obtained by aligning as
columns the coordinates w.r. to {i, j, k} of the image vectors T (i), T (j), T (k). The
last one is given in the problem statement, but the first two need to be computed.
T (j) = T (j +k −k) = T (j +k) −T (k)
= −i −3j −5k
T (i) = T (i +j +k −j −k) = T (i +j +k) −T (j +k)
= −i +j −k
A
T

¸
−1 −1 2
1 −3 3
−1 −5 3
¸

16.12.4 n. 7 (p. 597)
(a)
T (4i −j + k) = 4T (i) −T (j) +T (k) = (0, −2)
Since {T (j) , T (k)} is a linearly independent set,
ker T = {0} rank T = 2
(b)
A
T
=
µ
0 1 1
0 1 −1

Exercises 133
(c)
Let C = (w
1
, w
2
)
T (i) = 0w
1
+ 0w
2
T (j) = 1w
1
+ 0w
2
T (k) = −
1
2
w
1
+
3
2
w
2
(A
T
)
C
=
µ
0 1 −
1
2
0 0
3
2

(d)
Let B ≡ {j, k, i} and C = {w
1
, w
2
} = {(1, 1) , (1, −1)}. Then
(A
T
)
B,C
=
µ
1 0 0
0 1 0

16.12.5 n. 8 (p. 597)
(a) I shall distinguish the canonical unit vectors of R
2
and R
3
by marking the former
with an underbar. Since T (i) = i +k and T
¡
j
¢
= −i +k,
T
¡
2i −3j
¢
= 2T (i) −3T
¡
j
¢
= 2 (i +k) −3 (i −k)
= −i + 5k
For any two real numbers x and y,
T
¡
xi +yj
¢
= xT (i) +yT
¡
j
¢
= x(i +k) +y (i −k)
= (x + y) i + (x −y) k
It follows that
ImT = lin {i, k}
rank T = 2
nullity T = 2 −2 = 0
(b) The matrix of T with respect to the bases
©
i, j
ª
and {i, j, k} is
A ≡
£
T (i) T
¡
j
¢ ¤
=

1 1
0 0
1 −1
¸
¸
(c) First solution. If w
1
= i +j and w
2
= i + 2j, the matrix
P ≡
£
w
1
w
2
¤
=
·
1 1
1 2
¸
134 Linear transformations and matrices
transforms the (canonical) coordinates (1, 0) and (0, 1) of w
1
and w
2
with respect to
the basis {w
1
, w
2
} into their coordinates (1, 1) and (1, 2) with respect to the basis
©
i, j
ª
; hence P is the matrix of coordinate change from basis {w
1
, w
2
} to basis
©
i, j
ª
,
and P
−1
is the matrix of coordinate change from basis
©
i, j
ª
to basis {w
1
, w
2
}. The
operation of the matrix B of T with respect to the bases {w
1
, w
2
} and {i, j, k} can be
described as the combined effect of the following two actions: 1) coordinate change
from coordinates w.r. to basis {w
1
, w
2
} into coordinates w.r. to the basis
©
i, j
ª
(that
is, multiplication by matrix P); 2) transformation according to T as expressed by the
matrix representing T w.r. to the bases
©
i, j
ª
and {i, j, k} (that is, multiplication by
A). Thus
B = AP =

1 1
0 0
1 −1
¸
¸
·
1 1
1 2
¸
=

2 3
0 0
0 −1
¸
¸
Second solution (matrix for T). The matrix B representing T with respect to the
bases {w
1
, w
2
} and {i, j, k} is
B ≡
£
T (w
1
) T (w
2
)
¤
where
T (w
1
) = T
¡
i +j
¢
= T (i) +T
¡
j
¢
= (i +k) + (i −k)
= i
T (w
2
) = T
¡
i + 2j
¢
= T (i) + 2T
¡
j
¢
= (i +k) + 2 (i −k)
= 3i −k
Thus
B =

1 3
0 0
0 −1
¸
¸
(c) The matrix C representing T w.r. to bases {u
1
, u
2
} and {v
1
, v
2
, v
3
} is diagonal,
that is,
C =

γ
11
0
0 γ
22
0 0
¸
¸
if and only if the following holds
T (u
1
) = γ
11
v
1
T (u
2
) = γ
22
v
2
Exercises 135
There are indeed very many ways to achieve that. In the present situation the simplest
way seems to me to be given by defining
u
1
≡ i v
1
≡ T (u
1
) = i +k
u
2
≡ j v
2
≡ T (u
2
) = i −k
v
3
≡any vector such that {v
1
, v
2
, v
3
} is lin. independent
thereby obtaining
C =

1 0
0 1
0 0
¸
¸
16.12.6 n. 16 (p. 597)
We have
D(sin) = cos D
2
(sin) = D(cos) = −sin
D(cos) = −sin D
2
(cos) = D(−sin) = −cos
D(id · sin) = sin +id · cos D
2
(id· sin) = D(sin +id · cos) = 2 cos −id · sin
D(id · cos) = cos −id· sin D
2
(id· cos) = D(cos −id · sin) = −2 sin −id · cos
and hence the matrix representing the differentiation operator D and its square D
2
acting on lin {sin, cos, id · sin, id · cos} with respect to the basis {sin, cos, id · sin, id · cos}
is
A =

0 −1 1 0
1 0 0 1
0 0 0 −1
0 0 1 0
¸
¸
¸
¸
A
2
=

−1 0 0 −2
0 −1 2 0
0 0 −1 0
0 0 0 −1
¸
¸
¸
¸

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1 Chapter 1 2 Chapter 2 3 Chapter 3 4 Chapter 4 5 Chapter 5 6 Chapter 6 7 Chapter 7 8 Chapter 8 9 Chapter 9 10 Chapter 10 11 Chapter 11 12 Vector algebra 12.1 Historical introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . 12.2 The vector space of n-tuples of real numbers 12.3 Geometric interpretation for n ≤ 3 . . . . . 12.4 Exercises . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12.4.1 n. 1 (p. 450) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12.4.2 n. 2 (p. 450) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12.4.3 n. 3 (p. 450) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12.4.4 n. 4 (p. 450) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12.4.5 n. 5 (p. 450) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12.4.6 n. 6 (p. 451) . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 (p. . . . 468) . . . 477) . . .5. . . .2 n. . . . . . . . . . 12.13 n. . . . . . . . . . .8 n. . . . . . 8 (p. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13.5. . . . . . . 467) . . . . . 13. . . . . . . 13. . . 12. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13. 50 50 50 50 50 51 51 51 51 52 53 55 56 56 56 57 57 58 59 59 61 61 61 61 61 61 61 61 62 62 62 63 64 64 65 65 66 67 67 67 67 13 Applications of vector algebra to analytic geometry 13. . . . . .14 Bases . 467) . . . . . . . . . . 12. 477) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 468) . . . . . . 7 (p.1 n.15 n. .15. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 (p. 13. . . . . . . . . . 477) . . . . . . 467) . . . . 13. . . . . . . . . . 12.3 n. . . . . . 13. . . . .10 n. . . . . . . . . . . . 15 (p. . 12.5. . . .16 The vector space Vn (C) of n-tuples 12. . . . . 8 (p. . . . . . . 6 (p. 9 (p.5. . . . . . . . 12. . . . . . . . . 477) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13. .15. . . . . . . 468) . . . . .2 n. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13. . . . . . . .5. . . . 468) . . . . . .4 n. . . . . . . 467) . . . .2 Lines in n-space . .6 Planes in euclidean n-spaces . . . . . . . . . . . 12. . . . . . . . . . . .5. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12. . 2 (p. . . . . . . . . 12. . . . . .15. . . . . .8 n. .15. . . . . . . . . 13. . . . . . . . . . . . .14 n. . 4 (p. . . . . 13. . .4 Lines and vector-valued functions . . . . . . 10 (p. . . .12 n. . . . . . . . . . .5. . 14 (p. .CONTENTS 5 12. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15. . . . . . . . . . . .7 Planes and vector-valued functions .15. 477) . . . . . .8 Exercises . . . 13 (p. . . . . . . . . . . . . .5. . . . . . . . . . . 3 (p. . . . . . .17 Exercises . . . . . . of complex numbers . . . . 12. . . . .15 Exercises . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 (p. . . . . . .6 n. . . . . . . . . . . 1 (p. . . 467) . . . . . 13. . . . . 467) . . 467) . . .3 Some simple properties of straight lines . . . . . . . . . . . 3 (p. . . . .5. . .15. . . . . . . . . . . . .11 n. 477) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 477) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 477) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15. . . . . 468) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 n. . . . . . . . . . . . . 477) . . .12 n. . . . . . . . . . . . 20 (p. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12.9 n.15. . . 12.15. . .10 n. . . . . . . . . . . . . 13. . . . . . . 468) .5. . . . . . . . .5 Exercises . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15. . . . . . . . . . . 12. . . . . . . . . . . . . 13.11 n. . . . . . . .15. . . . . . . . . . 13. . . . . 19 (p. . . . . . 11 (p. . . . . 18 (p. . . . . 6 (p. . . . . . . . 13. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 467) . 477) . .1 Introduction . . . . . . . . . .6 n. . . . 12. . . . . 5 (p. . . . . .5. . . .5 n. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5. . . . . . 13. . . . . . . . . . . 477) . 7 (p. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 n. . .4 n. . . . 12. . . . . . . . . 13. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 n. . . . . .13 Linear independence . . .15. . . . .15. . 12. . . . . . . . .3 n. . 5 (p. . . 17 (p. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 467) . . 1 (p. . . . . . . .7 n. . . .5 n. 477) . . 12. . 13. . .15. . . . 12. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

. . . . 483) .4 n. . . . .7 n. .8.8. . . . . . . . . . 482) . .17. . . . . . . . . . . .11. . 13. . . . . . . 5 (p. . . . . . 2 (p. . . . . . . 13. . 13. . 13. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 487) . . . . . . . . 7 (p. .5 n. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13.3 n. . . . . . . . . 13. . .5 n. . . . . . . . . . . .11.17. . .9 n. . . . . . . . . . .11. . . . . . . . . 12 (p. 8 (p. . . . . 5 (p. . . . . . .11. 1 (p. . . . .8 n. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13. . . . . . . 496) . . . 13. . .14 n. . . . . . . . . . 13. . 13. . . . . . . .13 Cramer’s rule for solving systems of three linear 13. . . . . . . 488) . .8. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8. . . . . .4 n. .11. 3 (p. . 13. . . . . 4 (p. . . . . 13. . . . . . .11. . 488) . . 13. . . .12 n. . . . . . . . 13. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 483) . . .6 CONTENTS 13. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8. . . . . .15 Normal vectors to planes . . . . . . . .9 The cross product . . 11 (p. . . . . . . . .12 n. . . . 488) . . 9 (p. . . . . . 13 (p. . . . . . 11 (p.8. . 488) . . . . . 13. . . . . . . . 482) . 482) . . 483) . . . . .13 n. . . . . . .11. 488) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11. . . . .8. . . . 13. 13. 14 (p. . . . 13. . . . . . . 483) . . . .11 n. 488) . . . 6 (p. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 (p.11 Exercises . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 496) . . . . . . .2 n. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 n.17.3 n. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 (p. 482) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 496) . . . . . . . . . 13. . . . 496) . . . . 1 (p. 12 (p. . . . . .11. . . . . . . . 13. . . . . . . . . . . . . equations . . . . . . .3 n. 3 (p. .8. . . . . . . . . . 13. .15 n. . . . . . . . . . . 13. . . . . . . . . . .12 The scalar triple product . . . . .17.4 n. 13 (p. . . . . . . . . . . 482) . . . . . . . . . . . .8. 13. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 n. . . . . . . . . . 13. 7 (p. . . . . . . . 67 68 69 69 70 71 72 72 73 74 75 75 75 76 76 76 76 76 76 77 77 77 78 79 79 80 80 82 82 83 84 85 85 85 85 85 86 86 86 87 87 88 . . . . . 488) . . . . . . . . . . . 9 (p. . . . . . . . . . .1 n. . . . . . 4 (p. . . . . . 487) . . . . . . . . . . . . .8. . 2 (p. . . 496) . . . . . . . 13. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11. . . . . .11. 13. . . 15 (p. . . . . . . . . . .8. . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 (p. . . . . 4 (p. 483) . . .11. 13. .10 n.8 n. . . 13. . . . . . 13. . . . . . . .2 n. .6 n. . . .2 n. . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 n. . . . 5 (p. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 (p. . . 13. . . . . . . 487) . 487) . . . . . . . . . .1 n. . 13. . .1 n. . . . . 13. . . . . . .8. .14 Exercises . . . . . . . . . . . . 13. . . 13. . . . . . . . 13. 13. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 Linear cartesian equations for planes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13. . .9 n. . . . 3 (p. . . . . . .10 n. . . 482) . . . . . 10 (p. . . . . . . . . . . . .11. . . . 488) . . . . . .17 Exercises . . 482) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17. . .10 The cross product expressed as a determinant . 14 (p. . . . 487) .7 n. . . . . .8. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11. . . . . . . . . . . 13. 13. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11. . . 13. . . . . . . . . . . . . 488) . . . . . 487) . . . . . . . . . . . . 482) . . . . . .5 n. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

. . . . . . . . . . 555) . . . . . . .12 n. 7 (p. 496) . . 13. . . . . . . . . . . . 2 (p. . . . . . . 555) . . . . . .5. . . . . . . . . . . . .7 n. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 The definition of a linear space . . . . . 15. . . . . . . . . 496) . . 15.12 n. . 15. . 8 (p. . . . . . . . . 13 (p. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15. . . . . . . . . .11 n. .5. . . . 555) . .5. . 13. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88 88 88 89 90 90 90 90 91 91 91 91 91 91 92 92 92 92 93 95 95 95 95 95 95 95 96 96 96 97 97 98 98 98 99 99 101 101 102 102 . . 14 (p. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15. . . 555) . . .17. . . . . . . . 9 (p. . . 555) . .17. . . . . . . . . 13. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 555) . . 13. . . . . . . . . . 15 (p. . . 555) . . . . . . . . . 496) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 (p. 555) . . . . . 555) . . . . . . . . . 4 (p. . . . . . 13. . . . . . . . .1 n. .14 n. . . . . .5. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13. . . . . . . . . . . . . 13. . 15. . . . .15 n. .14 n. .5 Exercises . . . . . . . . .5. . . . . . 555) . . . . 15. . . 3 (p. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 Exercises . . . . . 13. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13. . . . . . . .3 n. . . . . .5. . 496) . . 19 (p. . . 13. 5 (p.2 n. . . . . . . . 496) . . . . . . . .15 n. . . . . . 555) . . . . . . . . . . .17. . . . . . . 496) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 496) . . . . . . .CONTENTS 7 13. . . . . . . . . 15. . . . .6 n. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 n. . . . 497) . 1 (p. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 497) . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Cartesian equations for the conic sections 13. . . . .4 Elementary consequences of the axioms 15. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 (p. . . . . . . . . . . . .10 n. . . . . .17. . . . . . . .3 Examples of linear spaces .5. 13. . . . . . . . .9 n. . . . . . . . 555) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15. . . 15. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 (p.7 n. . . . . . . 13. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5. .11 n. . . . . . . . . . . .17. . . . . . . 22 (p. . . .4 n. . . .5. . . . . 13 (p. . . . . 14 Calculus of vector-valued functions 15 Linear spaces 15. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5. 15. . . . . 15.17. . . . .21 Exercises . . 6 (p. . . . 13. . . . . .8 n. . . . . . . . . 15. . 555) . . 13. . . . . . . . . . . . .6 n. .18 The conic sections . . . . . . .5. . . . . . . 17 (p. 496) . . . . . . . . . 15. . . . .25 Miscellaneous exercises on conic sections . . . . . . .1 Introduction .5. 11 (p. 11 (p. . . 15. .5. . 16 (p. . . .10 n. . . . . . . . . . 15. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 Polar equations for conic sections . . . . . . . . 20 (p. . . .9 n. . . . . . 17 (p. . . 555) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17. . . 13. . . .17. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 Eccentricity of conic sections . . . . . . .13 n. . . .5 n. . . 15. .5. .17. . . . . . . . . . 6 (p. . . . . .17. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15.5. .8 n. . 555) . . . . . . .22 Conic sections symmetric about the origin 13.

. . . . . .9. . . 23 (p. .11 Orthogonality in a euclidean space . . . . 25 (p. . . . . . . . . . . .13 Construction of orthogonal sets. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16. .1 n. . projections . . . 15. . . . 560) . . . . . . . . . 560) . . . . 576) . . . . . . . . . . . . . Norms . . . . 15. . .2 n. . . 11 (p. . . .18 n. . . . . . . . .12 Exercises . 27 (p. . . . . . . 15. . . . .17 n. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15. . . . . . .5. 15. .5 n. . . . . . . . . 102 102 102 102 103 103 103 103 103 103 103 104 104 104 104 104 104 105 105 105 105 106 106 106 107 107 108 108 111 111 112 112 112 115 115 115 115 115 116 117 118 . 15. .18 n. . . . . . .8 n. . . . . . . . . . 555) . . . . . .5. . . . . . .9. . . . . . 10 (p. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 n. . .6 n. . 15. . . 15.9. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 (p. . . . . . .16. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15. . . . . . . . . 15. . . . . . .9. . . . . 14 (p. . .10 Inner products. . . . . . . . .9. 560) . . 560) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 n. . The Gram-Schmidt process . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5. . . . . . . . . . . . . .9.9. . . . . . . . . . 15 (p. . . . . 15. . . . . . . . . . 555) . . . 3 (p. 15. 5 (p.14 n. . .9. . . . .9. 8 (p. . 15. . . . . . . 560) . . . . . 1 (p. . . 576) .2 n. . . . . . . . . . . . .16 n. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 576) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15. 555) . . . . . . . . 15. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9. 9 (p. . . . . . . . . . . . .3 n. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 n. . . . . 560) .12 n. . . . . . 15. . . . . . 15. . 15. . . . . . . . . . .16. 15. . . . . . . . . . .16 n. . . . .9. . . . . . . 15. . .7 Dependent and independent sets in a linear space . . . . 560) . . . . . .1 n.3 n. . . . . . . . . 15. . . . 15. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 n. . . . . . 24 (p. . . . . . . 560) . .12. . . 560) . . . . . . . .9 Exercises . . . . 560) . . . .8 CONTENTS 15. . . . . .5. . . . . . . . . 555) . . . . . . . . . . . 15. . . . . . .2 n. 12 (p. . . 16 (p. . 23 (p. . . . . . . 560) .16. . . . . . . . . . . 560) . . . 2 (p. 15. 560) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 (p. . . 26 (p. . 28 (p. . . .9. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5. . . . . . . . . . . . .15 Best approximation of elements in a euclidean space by elements in a finite-dimensional subspace .6 Subspaces of a linear space . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 (p. 15. . . . . . . . . 560) . . .9. 555) . 15. . . . . . . . . . 567) . . . . . . . . . . . Euclidean spaces. .1 n. 15. . . .12. . . 1 (p. . . . . . . . . . . 567) . . . . . . 7 (p. . . . . . . 15. . . . 560) . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 (p. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 560) . . . . . . . . 560) . . . . . . . . . . . 555) . . . 3 (p. . . . . . . . . . . . . 15. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 Orthogonal complements. 15.7 n. . . . . .10 n. . . . 11 (p. . . . . . . . . . . 15.13 n. . .9. . . . . . . . 15. . . . .4 n. . .11 n. . . . . . . . .8 Bases and dimension . . . . . . 13 (p.9. . . 15. . 6 (p.19 n. . 576) . . . 560) . . . . . 15. . . . . . . . . . .15 n. . . . . . . . . .9. . 15. .5. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15. . . . . . . .16 Exercises . 15. 15. . . 15. . .9. . . . . 15. . . . . . .9. . . . . . . . . . . . .21 n. . . . . 4 (p. . . . . . . . .

. . . .15 n. . . 582) . 3 (p. .12. . . . 597) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 n. . . 16. . . . . . .1 n. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12. . .6 n. 16. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12. 2 (p.4. . . . . . 16. . . . . 16. . . . . 8 (p. . . 4 (p. . . . . . 16. 582) . . . . . . . 596) . . . . . 9 (p. 16. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16. . . . . . . . . 6 (p. . . . . . .10 n.12. . 16. . . . . . . . 16. . .3 n. . . . . .9 Linear transformations with prescribed values . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 582) . . . . . . . . .3 n. . . . . . . . . . . . 590) .4. . . . . . 16. . . . . . . . . . . . . 16. . . . . . . 597) . . . . . . . . . . . . 16. . . . . . .8. . .4. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 (p. . . . . 16. . .4. . . . . .9 n. 16. . . 582) . . . . .8 n. . 589) . . . . 16. . . . . . . . . 16. .2 n.4. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 n. . . .11 Construction of a matrix representation in diagonal 16. . . . .CONTENTS 9 16 Linear transformations and matrices 16. . . . . . . . . . . . 16. . . . .5 Algebraic operations on linear transformations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Matrix representations of linear transformations . . . 582) . . . . . . . . .12 Exercises . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8. . . . . .4 n. 16 (p. . . . . 16. . . . . . . 589) . . . . . . . . . . . 16. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 (p. . . . . . . . . . . .8. . . . . 27 (p. . . . . . . . 596) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16. . . . . 582) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 582) . . . . 16. . . . . . 121 121 121 121 121 121 122 122 122 123 123 123 123 124 124 125 125 126 126 127 128 128 128 128 128 128 128 129 129 129 129 129 129 131 131 132 133 135 . . . . .6 n. . .12. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 n. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4. . . . 16. . . . 16. . . . . . . . . . . . .4. . . . . . . . . . . . . 16. . . . . . . . . . . . .12 n.1 n. . . . . .3 Nullity and rank . . . . . 589) . . . . 27 (p. . . . . .2 n. . . . . 5 (p. . . . . . . . . form . . . . . . . . . . .11 n. . . . . . . .12. . . . . . . . . . . .8 Exercises . . . . . 16. . 16. . .7 One-to-one linear transformations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 n.4. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 582) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 n. . . . . . . 16 (p. . . . . . . . 597) . . . . . 7 (p. . . . . . 15 (p. . .4. . . . . 16. . 23 (p. . . 582) . 16 (p. . . . . . .1 n. 582) . . .4. . 16. . . . . . . . . . . . 17 (p. .4. . . . . 16. .8. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 n.7 n. . .4. . . . . . . . . 8 (p. . . . . . . 16. . . . . . . . 582) .1 Linear transformations . . 16. . . 582) . . . . . . . . 582) . . . . . . . . . . .2 n. . . 16. . . . . . . . . . 1 (p. 16.13 n. . 16.4. . 17 (p. . . . . . . . . 7 (p. . . . .4. . . . . . . . 10 (p. . . . . .4 Exercises . .4. 596) . . . 16. . . . . . . . 582) . . . . 25 (p. . . . . . . .2 Null space and range . . . . 5 (p.6 Inverses . . . . 582) . . . .

10 CONTENTS .

Part I Volume 1 1 .

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Chapter 1 CHAPTER 1 .

4 Chapter 1 .

Chapter 2 CHAPTER 2 .

6 Chapter 2 .

Chapter 3 CHAPTER 3 .

8 Chapter 3 .

Chapter 4 CHAPTER 4 .

10 Chapter 4 .

Chapter 5 CHAPTER 5 .

12 Chapter 5 .

Chapter 6 CHAPTER 6 .

14 Chapter 6 .

Chapter 7 CHAPTER 7 .

16 Chapter 7 .

Chapter 8 CHAPTER 8 .

18 Chapter 8 .

Chapter 9 CHAPTER 9 .

20 Chapter 9 .

Chapter 10 CHAPTER 10 .

22 Chapter 10 .

Chapter 11 CHAPTER 11 .

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4 Exercises 12. . 0. 24.2 . 450) (a) a + b = (5. . 7) . . (b) a − b = (−3. −2) . (3. 12. 4). 450) µ ¶ µ ¶ µ ¶ 7 5 5 11 13 . (d) 7a − 2b − 3c = (−7. 3). (4. (e) 2a + b − 3c = (0. 0). 4) . 0. containing all the points (included the starting points A and B. a single picture.Chapter 12 VECTOR ALGEBRA 12. (c) a + b − c = (3. I would say). (1.1 n.3 Geometric interpretation for n ≤ 3 12. −5) 3 2 2 4 4 The seven points to be drawn are the following: The purpose of the exercise is achieved by drawing. 21). 1 (p.2 The vector space of n-tuples of real numbers 12. . as required. .4. (0. 9).2 n. 6. 2 (p.4. −1.1 Historical introduction 12.

12. by letting t vary in all R. the straight line through B − → with direction given by the vector a ≡ OA is obtained. (−1.26 Vector algebra It can be intuitively seen that. 2. (−3. . (3. 2) . 3 (p. 4) . by letting t vary in all R.4. the straight line through − → point A with direction given by the vector b ≡ OB is obtained.3 n. . 5) . . 1) 3 3 2 2 4 5 4 3 2 1 -3 -2 -1 0 -1 -2 -3 1 2 3 4 5 It can be intuitively seen that. . . 450) The seven points this time are the following: µ ¶ µ ¶ µ ¶ 5 10 7 5 15 . (5.

4 2 4 4 2 . all the combinations are affine. where −→ − → − → OD = OA + OB. (0. y) ∈ [0. 3 . 5 . 450) (a) The seven points to be drawn are the following: µ ¶ µ ¶ µ ¶ µ ¶ 3 5 5 4 7 1 . indeed. 1]. and it is enough to repeat the construction a few more times to convince oneself that the set © ª xa + yb : (x. as it is going to be clear after the second lecture. . (3. (4. I would say). 4 2 -4 -2 0 -2 -4 2 4 (b) It is hard not to notice that all points belong to the same straight line. the same construction with the value of x fixed at 1 yields the segment AD. . 3 . and 2. 1. .2 . and B. 1]2 is matched by the set of all points of the parallelogram OADB.4 n. −3) . Similarly. 5) 2 4 2 3 3 2 The whole purpose of this part of the exercise is achieved by drawing a single picture. This is made clear. (c) If the value of x is fixed at 0 and y varies in [0. 1 . the segment OB is obtained. 4 (p. and hence D is the vertex of the parallelogram with three vertices at O. 1 . it seems to me. 4 . .Exercises 27 12. when x = 1 the segment obtained joins the midpoints of 2 the two sides OA and BD.4. −1) . by the question immediately following. containing all the points (included the starting points A and B. . The picture below is made with the value of x fixed at 0. A.

→ I x = −z y=0 x=0 z=0  c1 c2 ¶ 3c1 − c2 = 5 µ 3I − II 5x = 3c1 − c2 2II − I 5y = 2c2 − c1 2 1 ¶ 2c2 − c1 + 5 µ 1 3 ¶ (b) . 450) µ ¶ µ ¶ µ ¶ 2 1 c1 +y = x 1 3 c2 I 2x + y = c1 II x + 3y = c2 µ 12.28 Vector algebra 4 3 2 1 0 0. 451)        1 0 1 x+z d = x 1  + y 1  + z  1  =  x + y + z  1 1 0 x+y I x+z =0 II x + y + z = 0 III x+y =0 (c) I x+z =1 II x + y + z = 2 III x+y =3 II − I y=1 II − III z = −1 (↑) .6 (a) n.5 3 (d) All the segments in the above construction are substituted by straight lines. (e) The whole plane.5 n. 12.4.4. and the resulting set is the (infinite) stripe bounded by the lines containing the sides OB and AD.5 2 2.→ I x = 2 I (↑) . 5 (p.5 1 1.→ II (↑) .→ III (↑) . of equation 3x − y = 0 and 3x − y = 5 respectively. 6 (p.

1.→ II y = z z ← 1 (−2.4.→ III (↑) . 7 (p.4. 451)   1 0  1   1 d = x  + y  1   1 0 1 I II III IV (c) I II III IV (d) I II III IV x+z =1 x+y+z =2 x+y =3 y=4 x+z =1 x+y+z =5 x+y =3 y=4 IV IV .→ I II (check) y=0 x=0 z=0 0=0      (b) II − I − IV 0 = −3 .→ I II (check) y=4 x = −1 z=2 −1 + 4 + 2 = 5 x+z =0 x+y+z =0 x+y =0 y=0     1 x+z   1   x+y+z +z =   0   x+y 0 y IV IV .→ III (↑) . 1) III − II 0 = 1  (b) (c) I x + 2z = 1 II x + y + z = 2 III x + y + z = 3 12. 8 (p. 451)        1 0 2 x + 2z d = x 1  + y 1  + z  1  =  x + y + z  1 1 1 x+y+z I x + 2z = 0 II x + y + z = 0 III x + y + z = 0 I x = −2z (↑) .8 (a) n.7 (a) n.Exercises 29 12.

(⇐) Since (by I) we have c = a + b. 1. if c is parallel to d.4. it follows that c.30 Vector algebra 12. c = hd) ⇔ (∃l ∈ R ∼ {0} . it follows that b. b = ld) I present two possible lines of reasoning (among others. ∃k ∈ R ∼ {0} . 451) (b) Here is an illustration of the first distributive law (α + β) v = αv + βv . 10 (p. then (by II) c is the sum of two vectors which are both parallel to d. then (by II) b is the difference of two vectors which are both parallel to d. 9 (p. If you look carefully. Then µ ¶ v α u = αw = α = v β β that is.4.4. (⇒) Since (by I) we have b = c − a. c = hd ∃h ∈ R ∼ {0} . probably). 12.4). According to the definition at page 450 (just before the beginning of § 12. a + b = hd 2. if b is parallel to d. they differ only in the phrasing.11 n.9 n. this means that there are two real nonzero numbers α and β such that u = αw and v = βw.10 n. b = ld ∃h ∈ R ∼ {0} . ⇔ I II ⇔ (b 6= 0) ⇔ l≡h−k ⇔ ∃h ∈ R ∼ {0} . a = kd Claim: (∃h ∈ R ∼ {0} . 11 (p. 12. is parallel to d too. 451) Let the two vectors u and v be both parallel to the vector w. b = (h − k) d h 6= k ∃l ∈ R ∼ {0} . is parallel to d too. 451) Assumptions: I c=a+b II ∃k ∈ R ∼ {0} . which is nonnull. u is parallel to v. kd + b = hd ∃h ∈ R ∼ {0} . which is nonnull. ∃k ∈ R ∼ {0} .

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12.8.1 n. 1 (p. 456) (a) ha, bi = −6 (b) hb, ci = 2 (c) ha, ci = 6 (d) ha, b + ci = 0 (e) ha − b, ci = 4 12.8.2 n. 2 (p. 456) (a) ha, bi c = (2 · 2 + 4 · 6 + (−7) · 3) (3, 4, −5) = 7 (3, 4, −5) = (21, 28, −35) (b) ha, b + ci = 2 · (2 + 3) + 4 · (6 + 4) + (−7) (3 − 5) = 64

−105) (e) a hb.3 n. −3α)}α∈R 12. 6 (p. (x. 4. 5 (p. y. bi = 0 ⇔ x ha. 0) See also exercise 1. z)i = 0 that is. y. 5. −1) . (x. 456) hc. 5. bi = ha. bi + y hb. −5α.4. 1). (3. y. bi = 0 ⇔ 7x + 14y = 0 Let (x.−7) 15 = ¡2 7 . ci ⇔ ha. 2) Thus the set of all such vectors can be represented in parametric form as follows: {(α.8. −7) 15 = (30. question (d).ci = (2. ha. 1. ci = (2 + 2) · 3 + (4 + 6) · 4 + (−7 + 3) · (−5) = 72 (d) ahb. 2)i = 0. bi = 0 c = xa + yb ¾ ⇒ hxa + yb. 3 (p. The simplest example that I can conceive is in R2 : a = (1.34 Vector algebra (c) ha + b.8. 12. ci = (2. 60. of coordinates (x. Indeed. I 2x + y − z = 0 II x − y + 2z = 0 I + II 3x + z = 0 2I + II 5x + y = 0 b = (1.5 n. z)i = 0 h(1. 1.4 n. − 15 15 15 ¢ 12. 1) c = (1. b − ci = 0 ⇔ a ⊥ b − c and the difference b − c may well be orthogonal to a without being the null vector. 456) The required vector. y) ≡ (−2. 456) The statement is false. z) must satisfy the two conditions h(2. −1. −7) (2 · 3 + 6 · 4 + 3 · (−5)) = (2.8. 2) . . Then c = (1. −4) . 4 . −4) 6= 0 and h(1. 4.

−8. 8) 9 1 d = (22.6 n.8. 10) 9 c = 2 (same solution. 456) 1 (solution with explicit mention of coordinates) From the last condition. ai − α hb. 8) 9 1 d = (22. −8. c = αb Substituting in the first condition. 10) 9 c = α= hb. a − αbi = 0 that is. for some α to be determined. d = a − c = a − αb Thus the second condition becomes hb. c = (α. hb. d = a − c = (2 − α. 2 + 2α) Thus the second condition becomes 1 · (2 − α) + 2 · (−1 − 2α) − 2 (2 + 2α) = 0 that is.Exercises 35 12. with no mention of coordinates) From the last condition. 2α. for some α to be determined. −1. −2α) Substituting in the first condition. ai 2 · 1 + (−1) · 2 + 2 · (−2) 4 = =− 2 + 22 + (−2)2 hb. 7 (p. −1. bi 9 1 α=− 4 9 . bi = 0 and hence 1 (−4. −4 − 9α = 0 and hence 1 (−4. −1 − 2α.

b = (−β. bi = 0 kbk = kak If a = 0. −a) or b = (−b. −1) or b = (−2. 1). y = and hence y = ±α Substituting back in (12. a).36 Vector algebra 12. 1) or b = (2.7 n.8 n. Suppose α is nonzero (the situation is completely analogous if β 6= 0 is assumed). β). 10 (p. (d) b = (−1. Then the first equations gives (12. 2).2) gives x = ∓β 2 α2 + β 2 α2 +β 2 α2 = α2 Thus there are only two solutions to the problem. The above conditions take the form αx + βy = 0 x2 + y 2 = α2 + β 2 Either α or β must be different from 0. −1) or b = (1. 1). −1) or b = (2. 13 (p.8. and the coordinates of b by the couple (x. −α) In particular. 1). 456) (a) b = (1. (b) b = (2. (d) b = (b. (c) b = (−3. −1) or b = (−1.2) β x=− y α and substitution in the second equation yields ¶ µ 2 β + 1 y 2 = α2 + β 2 α2 that is. −1). −2) or b = (3. 12. α) and b = (β. (a) b = (−2. then kak = 0 and hence b = 0 as well. 1). −2) . let the coordinates of a be given by the couple (α. (b) b = (−1.8. If a 6= 0. 2) or b = (1. namely. the following conditions must be satisfied ha. 456) If b is the required vector. y). (c) b = (−2.

h(2. the two vectors CA and CB must be orthogonal. −4) . orthogonality of the two vectors − → CA = a − x is required. 456) 1 (right angle in C. Thus h[(2. z) − → − → be the coordinates of C. b − xi = 0 or ha. y. 14 (p. same solution. − 3 and radius 5 . −4) − (x. solution with explicit mention of coordinates) Let (x. (x. with no mention of coordinates) Let − → − → − → a ≡ OA b ≡ OB x ≡ OC − → (stressing that the point C. xi + hx. −1. − 5 . xi = 0 Equivalently. that is. bi . hence the vector OC. −1. y. z)i − h(2. [(3. y. when rewritten in a more perspicuous way by “completion of the squares” µ ¶2 µ ¶2 µ ¶2 5 3 25 5 x− + y+ + x+ = 2 2 2 4 ¡ ¢ is seen to define the sphere of center P = 5 . (x. y. z) . 1) − (x.8. bi − ha + b. −4)i + h(x. is unknown). y. z)i = 0 or x2 + y 2 + z 2 − 5x + 5y + 3z + 6 = 0 The above equation.x + ° ° ° 2 ° 2 2 ° °2 ° °2 ° ° ° ° °x − a + b ° = ° a − b ° ° ° 2 ° 2 ° . −4. Then. 2 2 2 2 2 (right angle in C. 1) + (3.9 n. z)]i = 0 that is. −4. −1. ha − x. −4. If the right angle is in C. (3. y.Exercises 37 12. z)] . 1) . kxk − 2 2 − → CB = b − x ¿ ° ° °2 À ° ° a + b °2 ° ° a+b ° ° = ° a + b ° − ha.

4 (right angle in B. x − 3y − 5z = 33 The solution set is the plane π through B and orthogonal to (1. 3 (right angle in B.38 Vector algebra The last characterization of the solution to our problem shows that the solution set is ° ° the locus of all points having fixed distance (° a−b °) from the midpoint of the segment 2 AB. same solution. xi = ha − b. y + 4. solution with explicit mention of coordinates) With − → − → − → this approach. the vectors required to be orthogonal are BA and BC. x − bi that is. if π is any plane containing AB. and C is any point of the circle of π having AB as diameter. ha − b. with the notation of point 2. the condition to be required is 0 = ha − b. Indeed. . z + 4). −5). 3. it is known by elementary geometry that the triangle ACB is rectangle in C. the following must hold D E − − → → 0 = BA. −3. 5) and BC = (x − 1. with no mention of coordinates) Proceeding as in the previous point. Since BA = − → (−1. bi Thus the solution plane π is seen to be through B and orthogonal to the segment connecting point B to point A. BC = 1 − x + 3y + 12 + 5z + 20 that is.

.Exercises 39 5 (right angle in B) It should be clear at this stage that the solution set in this case is the plane π 0 through A and orthogonal to AB.− . 15 (p. 5. we have that p ≡ OP must be equal to αb = − → αOB.11 n. 3) 12. 4α) q = (4β.8. xi = hb − a. 44) 25 I 3α + 4β = 1 II 4α − 3β = 2 1 (11.8. 16 (p. 456) I c1 − c2 + 2c3 = 0 II 2c1 + c2 − c3 = 0 I + II 3c1 + c3 = 0 I + 2II 5c1 + c2 = 0 c = (−1. −3β) 4II + 3I 25α = 11 4I − 3II 25β = −2 1 (33. β) = p= 12. 6) 25 The question is identical to the one already answered in exercise 7 of this section. bi 10 = hb. 17 (p. with α= Thus ¶ 5 5 5 5 p = . bi 4 .12 n. 12. .10 n. 2 2 2 2 µ ¶ 3 1 1 3 q = − . . ai It is also clear that π and π 0 are parallel. 2 2 2 2 µ ha. − → Recalling solution 2 to that exercise. 456) q= 1 (−8. −2) 25 (α. 456) p = (3α. of equation hb − a.8.

457) . bi = 0 ka − bk2 = kak2 + kbk2 − 2 ha.15 n. 456) It has been quickly seen in class that ka + bk2 = kak2 + kbk2 + 2 ha. bi + ha. bi = 2 kak2 + 2 kbk2 The geometric theorem expressed by the above identity can be stated as follows: Theorem 2 In every parallelogram. Concerning the geometrical interpretation of the special case of the above identity ka + bk2 = ka − bk2 if and only if ha. 12. 12. bi it is enough to notice that orthogonality of a and b is equivalent to the property for the parallelogram OACB (in the given order around the perimeter.8. 456) ka + bk2 + ka − bk2 = ha + b. I obtain By subtraction.8. bi substituting −b to b. bi as required.40 Vector algebra 12. ka + bk2 − ka − bk2 = 4 ha. that is. a − bi = ha.8. ai + 2 ha. the sum of the squares of the four sides equals the sum of the squares of the diagonals.13 n. 21 (p.14 n. bi + hb. 19 (p. and that in such a rectangle ka + bk and ka − bk measure the lengths of the two diagonals. ai − 2 ha. bi + hb. 20 (p. You should notice that the above identity has been already used at the end of point 2 in the solution to exercise 14 of the present section. a + bi + ha − b. with vertex C opposed to the vertex in the origin O) to be a rectangle.

wi = kuk2 + kwk2 + 2 hu. −→ z ≡ DA = − (u + v + w) kzk2 = kuk2 + kvk2 + kwk2 + 2 hu. choosing x = 0 and y = 1 gives ha.16 n. it follows that kbk is equal to 4. and let M and N be the midpoint of the diagonals AC and DB. ¢ ¡ ¢ ¡ kuk2 + kvk2 + kwk2 + kzk2 − kck2 + kdk2 = kzk2 − kvk2 − 2 hu. let − → u ≡ AB. bi y 2 + 4 kak2 − 9 kbk2 xy .Exercises 41 Let A. 22 (p. thus the condition becomes ¡ ¢ 4 kak2 − 9 kbk2 xy = 0 and choosing now x = y = 1 gives 4 kak2 = 9 kbk2 Since kak is known to be equal to 6. bi = 0. vi kdk2 = kvk2 + kwk2 + 2 hv. In order to simplify the notation. and D be the four vertices of the quadrilateral. 4ya − 9xbi ¡ ¢ = −9 ha. bi x2 + 4 ha.8. −→ w ≡ CD. y). vi + 2 hu. 457) Orthogonality of xa + yb and 4ya − 9xb amounts to Since the above must hold for every couple (x. B. vi − 2 hv. wi ° ° − °− →°2 = 4 °MN ° 12. starting from left − → −→ in clockwise order. wi We are now in the position to prove the theorem. wi + 2 hv. wi kck2 = kuk2 + kvk2 + 2 hu. C. 0 = hxa + yb. ui − → v ≡ BC. Then c −→ − MN −→ − 2MN ° ° − °− →°2 4 °M N ° − → −→ ≡ AC = u + v d ≡ DB = u + z = − (v + w) 1 1 −→ −→ − = AN − AM = u − d − c 2 2 = 2u+ (v + w) − (u + v) = w + u = kwk2 + kuk2 + 2 hw.

0 . is true. bi is zero. if it is negative. ai a ha. I have proved that the conditional (∀x ∈ R. ai c = 12. 25 (p. ka + xbk2 − kak2 ≥ 0 ⇔ ∀x ∈ R. In conclusion. 457) (a) For every x ∈ R. 24 (p. bi ≥ 0 Moreover. by pure computation. only if it reduces to the second degree term x2 kbk2 . x2 kbk2 + 2x ha. the trinomial is negative in the open interval 2 ³ ´ kbk 2ha.18 n. the following biconditional is true: ¡ ¢ (∀x ∈ R.´the trinomial x2 kbk2 + 2x ha. ai hb. bi ³ positive. 457) This is once again the question raised in exercises 7 and 17. k2a + 3bk2 = k2ak2 + k3bk2 + 2 h2a. bi = 0 . bi = kak2 + x2 kbk2 if a ⊥ b 2 ≥ kak if a ⊥ b (b) Since the norm of any vector is nonnegative.bi 0. ka + xbk2 ≥ kak2 ∀x ∈ R. ai d = b− a ha. ka + xbk2 = kak2 + x2 kbk2 + 2x ha.42 Vector algebra Finally.8.bi . 3bi = 22 · 62 + 32 · 42 + 2 · 2 · 3 · 0 = 25 · 32 and hence √ k2a + 3bk = 12 2 12.8. ka + xbk ≥ kak) ⇔ ∀x ∈ R. Since the coordinate-free version of the solution procedure is completely independent from the number of coordinates of the vectors involved. the full answer to the problem has already been seen to be hb. − kbk2 . It follows that the trinomial can be nonnegative for every x ∈ R only if ha. bi is negative for all x in the open is interval − 2ha. in the general context of the linear space Rn (where n ∈ N is arbitrary). since a and b have been shown to be orthogonal.17 n. ka + xbk ≥ kak) ⇒ ha. the following biconditional is true: If ha. that is.

3 (a) n. 2 (p. 460) ha.− .2 n. ji 3 c cos a j = = kak kjk 7 ha.9 Projections. . 9 9 9 ¶ The projection of a along b is 11 b= 9 12. ki 2 c cos a i = =− kak kkk 7 c cos a i = .11 12. .1 Exercises n.11.10 The unit coordinate vectors 12. 1 (p.11. bi = 10 The projection of a along b is 10 b= 4 12. ii = kak kik 7 ha. 2 2 2 2 ¶ kbk2 = 4 µ (b) There are just two vectors as required.11. 460) ha. kak 7 7 7 6 ha. . 3 (p.− kak 7 7 7 µ ¶ a 6 3 2 − = − . the unit direction vector u of a. 460) µ 5 5 5 5 . bi = 11 kbk2 = 9 11 22 22 . Angle between vectors in n-space 43 12. and its opposite: µ ¶ a 6 3 2 u = = . . Angle between vectors in n-space 12.Projections.

B. and a fairly bad one. 1) Then B ≡ (1. If some confusion is made between points and vectors. B. This amounts to work. √ √ h−q. as implicitly argued above.44 Vector algebra 12. 460) A ≡ (2. OB b ° °° ° an angle of triangle OAB → → °− ° °− ° = cos AOB °OA° °OB ° b b b instead of cos B AC. The b angles in A. −1. qi b cos C = = √ √ =0 k−pk kqk 6 35 . −4) − → r ≡ AB = (−1. C in place of the coordinates of vectors BC. it’s only a mistake. −4. ri 35 35 41 b cos A = =√ √ = k−qk krk 41 35 41 √ √ hp. being of conceptual type. −5) − → q ≡ CA = (−1. ACB.4 Let n. respectively. which makes a wrong solution apparently correct (or almost correct). −6) There is some funny occurrence in this exercise. OA = BC and OB = AC. − → OC. C are coplanar with the origin O. C. 5) C ≡ (3. more than that. The funny thing is in the numerical data of the exercise: it so happens that 1. AC. cos ACB.11. with the vectors OA. − → − → − → − → 2. as the three angles of triangle ABC. there is nothing funny in doing that. OB. cos C BA. 5 (p. that is. b b C BA. −3. 3. as a matter of fact. more than that. −1. are more precisely described as B AC. B. 1) − → p ≡ BC = (2. points A. OC b ° °° ° an angle of triangle OBC → → °− ° °− ° = cos B OC OB ° °OC ° ° D E − − → → OC. one may be led into operate directly with − − − → → → the coordinates of points A. −2. and/or angles. OA b ° °° ° an angle of triangle OCA → → °− ° °− ° = cos C OA °OC ° °OA° D E − − → → OA. AB. if one looks only at numerical results. therefore computing D E − − → → OB. −ri 6 6 41 b cos B = =√ √ = kpk k−rk 41 6 41 0 h−p. Up to this point. − − → → respectively.

b 3. but point 2 makes OACB a parallelogram.11. if c = −a. OB blue. − → − → − → OA red. AOB is a right angle. as a particular case. 12. which immediately implies c ac = π 7 c c bc = π − ab = π 8 b b AOB = ACB .5 n. OC green. AB violet It turns out. 460) Since ka + c ± bk2 = ka + ck2 + kbk2 ± 2 ha + c. that ° ° ° ° ° ° ° ° → → → → °− ° °− ° °− ° °− ° °OA° = °BC ° = kpk °OB ° = °AC ° = k−qk = kqk b b C OA = C BA b b B OC = B AC ° ° ° ° → → °− ° °− ° °OC ° = °AB ° = krk and such a special circumstance leads a wrong solution to yield the right numbers. bi from ka + c + bk = ka + c − bk it is possible to deduce ha + c. 6 (p.Exercises 45 Point 1 already singles out a somewhat special situation. and point 3 makes it even a rectangle. therefore. bi = 0 This is certainly true.

9 π (the second value being superfluous). bi = cos ϑ sin ϑ − cos ϑ sin ϑ = 0 kak2 = kbk2 = cos2 ϑ + sin2 ϑ = 1 (b) The system µ that is. bn i = kak = 6 2 v u n2 (n+1)2 r n(n+1) u 3 n+1 4 cos [ = √ q 2 a bn = t n2 (n+1)(2n+1) = 2 2n + 1 n n(n+1)(2n+1) 6 6 √ 3 π lim [ = lim cos [ = a bn a bn n→+∞ n→+∞ 2 3 12. ci c =− = − cos ab kbk kck kbk kak c c 8 8 and hence that bc = π ± ac = 7 π. Indeed. 12. the same conclusion holds.7 (a) n. 10 (p. even if a + c = 0 is not assumed. 461) ha.11. µ cos ϑ − 1 sin ϑ − sin ϑ cos ϑ − 1 ¶µ x y ¶ = µ 0 0 ¶ cos ϑ sin ϑ − sin ϑ cos ϑ ¶µ x y ¶ = µ x y ¶ has the trivial solution as its unique solution if ¯ ¯ cos ϑ − 1 sin ϑ ¯ ¯ − sin ϑ cos ϑ − 1 ¯ ¯ ¯ 6= 0 ¯ . 460) We have r √ n (n + 1) n (n + 1) (2n + 1) n kbn k = ha.46 Vector algebra Moreover.11. bi and kck = kak it is easy to check that c cos bc = hb. ci ha. from hc.6 n. bi = − ha. 8 (p.

and the same is true for CB (red. 0). 461) Let OABC be a rhombus.11. and every vector in R2 satisfies the required condition. 11 (p. which I have taken (without loss of generality) with one vertex in the origin O and with vertex B opposed to O. On the other hand. 12.8 n. (2k + 1) π)}k∈Z the only vector satisfying the required condition is (0. dashed) and OB are congruent. dashed) and OA. Thus − → AB = b − → CB = a 6= 6= 6= ∈ / 0 0 1 {2kπ}k∈Z From elementary geometry (see exercise 12 of section 4) the intersection point M of the two diagonals OB (green) and AC (violet) is the midpoint of both.Exercises 47 The computation gives 1 + cos2 ϑ + sin2 ϑ − 2 cos ϑ 2 (1 − cos ϑ) cos ϑ ϑ Thus if ϑ ∈ {(−2kπ. the oriented segments AB (blue. The assumption that OABC is a rhombus is expressed by the equality kak = kck ((rhombus)) . Let − → − → − → a ≡ OA (red) b ≡ OB (green) c ≡ OC (blue) Since OABC is a parallelogram. if ϑ ∈ {2kπ}k∈Z the coefficient matrix of the above system is the identity matrix.

461) The equality to be proved is straightforward. Thus a parallelogram has orthogonal diagonals if and only if it is a rhombus.11. AC = 0 ha + c. 17 (p. too. nonnegativity is obvious. 12. The statement to be proved is orthogonality between the diagonals D E − − → → OB.11. since norms are nonnegative real numbers. a 7→ |ai | i∈n is positive can be seen by the same arguments used for the ordinary norm. c − ai = 0 or kck2 − kak2 + ha. The “law of cosines” is often called Theorem 3 (Carnot) In every triangle. X X X kαak = |αai | = |α| |ai | = |α| |ai | = |α| kak i∈n i∈n i∈n . The theorem specializes to Pythagoras’ theorem when a ⊥ b. ci − hc. Homogeneity is clear. the converse is true. minus their double product multiplied by the cosine of the angle they form. ai = 0 and hence (by commutativity) kck2 = kak2 The last equality is an obvious consequence of ((rhombus)). 13 (p. The equality in exam can be readily interpreted according to the theorem’s − → − → statement. As a matter of fact. since in every parallelogram ABCD with a = AB and b = AC the − → diagonal vector CB is equal to a − b.48 Vector algebra that is.10 n. the square of each side is the sum of the squares of the other two sides. so that the triangle ABC has side vectors a. ∀α ∈ R. and strict positivity still relies on the fact that a sum of concordant numbers can only be zero if all the addends are zero. too: ∀a ∈ Rn . b. and a − b.9 n. 461) (a) That the function X Rn → R. 12.

a 7→ X i∈n |ai | is nonnegative. y) ∈ R− : −x − y = 1 ≡ {(x. X X X X ka + bk = |ai + bi | ≤ |ai | + |bi | = |ai | + |bi | i∈n i∈n i∈n i∈n = kak + kbk (b) The subset of R2 to be described is © ª S ≡ (x. f (x. but not positive (e. It is homogeneous: ∀a ∈ Rn .Exercises 49 Finally. ¯ ¯ ¯ ¯ ¯ ¯ ¯X ¯ ¯ X ¯ ¯X ¯ ¯ ¯ ¯ ¯ ¯ ¯ kαak = ¯ αai ¯ = ¯α ai ¯ = |α| ¯ ai ¯ = |α| kak ¯ ¯ ¯ ¯ ¯ ¯ i∈n i∈n i∈n . y) ∈ R2 : |x| + |y| = 1 = S++ ∪ S−+ ∪ S−− ∪ S+− where S++ S−+ S−− S+− © ª ≡ (x. −x) = 0 ∀x ∈ R). y) ∈ R+ × R− : x − y = 1} (red) (green) (violet) (blue) Once the lines whose equations appear in the definitions of the four sets above are drawn.. y) ∈ R2 : x + y = 1 + ≡ {(x. it is apparent that S is a square. ∀b ∈ Rn .g. ∀α ∈ R. for n = 2. y) ∈ R− × R+ : −x + ª = 1} y © 2 ≡ (x. the triangle inequality is much simpler to prove for the present norm (sometimes referred to as “the taxi-cab norm”) than for the euclidean norm: ∀a ∈ Rn . with sides parallel to the quadrant bisectrices 2 1 -2 -1 0 -1 1 2 -2 (c) The function f : Rn → R.

y) = (4. y) = ¡1 ¢ .15 12. 1 . ∀b ∈ Rn . 6).12 The linear span of a finite set of vectors 12. y − x) ¢ ¡ (b) x + y = 0 and y − x = 1 yield (x.13 Linear independence 12.1 . too (this is another way of saying that the triangle inequality holds).2 n. 2 2 (d) x + y = 7 and y − x = 5 yield (x. 1 (p. ∀a ∈ Rn . 3 (p. I + III 3x = 9 y = −4 II + III III (check) 3 + 4 = 7 . 2 2 (c) x + y = 3 and y − x = −5 yield (x. 12.15.15. y) = (3. −4). 467) x (i − j) + y (i + j) = (x + y. Indeed. −1). y) = (1. y) = − 1 . f is subadditive.14 Bases 12. ¯ ¯ ¯ ¯ ¯ ¯ ¯ ¯ ¯X ¯ ¯X X ¯ ¯X ¯ ¯X ¯ ¯ ¯ ¯ ¯ ¯ ¯ ¯ ¯ ka + bk = ¯ (ai + bi )¯ = ¯ ai + bi ¯ ≤ ¯ ai ¯ + ¯ bi ¯ ¯ ¯ ¯ ¯ ¯ ¯ ¯ ¯ i∈n i∈n i∈n i∈n i∈n = kak + kbk 12.50 Vector algebra Finally. (a) x + y = 1 and y − x = 0 yield (x.1 Exercises n. 467) I 2x + y = 2 II −x + 2y = −11 III x − y = 7 The solution is (x.

7 (p.3 n. Let a and b nontrivially generate the null vector: αa + βb = 0 (according to the definition. and αa + βb = 0 with β = 0 and α 6= 0 implies a = 0). γ) Even if parallelism is defined more broadly − see the footnote in exercise 9 of section 4 − α cannot be zero in the present case.15. from (a. ∗ . a and b are linearly dependent. y) exists. if you prefer). 6 (p. β. and has unknowns and equations in equal number (hence part 2 of the proof of Steinitz’ theorem does not apply). for every (α.15. 467) (a) The linear combination 1i + 1j + 1k + (−1) (i + j + k) is nontrivial and spans the null vector. part 1) to be equivalent to non existence of nontrivial solutions to the system ax + cy = 0 bx + dy = 0 The system is linear and homogeneous. γ) ∈ R3 . 467) Linear independency of the vectors (a.4 n. d) must be proportional to (y. c) and (b. If a nontrivial solution (x.6 n. and hence to each other.15. −x) (see exercise 10. 8 (p. section 8). it is enough to require (1 + t)2 − (1 − t)2 6= 0 4t 6= 0 t 6= 0 12. by proving that if a and b are linearly dependent. but in the present case they are both nonzero. then they are parallel. indeed. β. d) has been seen in the lectures (proof of Steinitz’ theorem.15. at least one between α and β is nonzero. 467) (a) If there exists some α ∈ R ∼ {0} such that∗ a = αb. Then. Thus β αa = −βb. (b) Since. b) and (c. d) it is immediate to derive ad − bc = 0. too 12.5 n. then the linear combination 1a − αb is nontrivial and it generates the null vector. 5 (p. c) = h (b. both (a. αi + βj + γk = (α. since a and b have been assumed both different from the null vector.Exercises 51 12. because both a and b have been assumed different from the null vector. The converse is immediate. (b) The argument is best formulated by counterposition. αa + βb = 0 with α = 0 and β 6= 0 implies b = 0. and hence a = − α b (or b = − α a. I argue by the principle of counterposition. β 12. 467) By the previous exercise.

γ) and hence from αi + βj + γ (i + j + k) = 0 it follows α+γ =0 β+γ =0 γ =0 that is. α=β=γ=0 showing that the triple (i. and hence that the given triple is linearly independent. β. α + γ) 12. β + γ.52 Vector algebra it is clear that ∀ (α. (αi + βj + γk = 0) ⇒ α = β = γ = 0 so that the triple (i. part 1. αi + βj + γ (i + j + k) = (α + γ. 467) (a) Again from the proof of Steinitz’ theorem. 10 (p. 0) and ¢ ¡ 0. k) and (i + j + k. consider the system I x+y+z =0 II y + z = 0 III 3z = 0 It is immediate to derive that its unique solution is the trivial one. j. k). j. α + β. β. 3 3 . β. taking into account that αi + β (i + j + k) + γk = (α + β. j.15. i + j + k) is linearly independent. (c) Similarly. γ) ∈ R3 . γ) ∈ R3 . k) is linearly independent. (d) The last argument can be repeated almost verbatim for triples (i. − 1 . for every (α. (b) We need to consider the following two systems: I x+y+z =0 II y + z = 1 III 3z = 0 I x+y+z =0 II y + z = 0 III 3z = 1 It is again immediate that the unique solutions to the systems are (−1. β + γ) α (i + j + k) + βj + γk = (α.7 n. i + j + k. 1 respectively. 1.

u. that is. d) a linearly dependent quadruple. (b) Any nontrivial linear combination d of the given vectors makes (a. b. and suppose xa + yb + zc + te = 0. Thus (a. x+z x+y+z x+y y = = = = 0 0 0 0 then y. are given as the solution (s. subtracting the first equation from the second. gives y = 0.→ II y = − 14 3 (↑) .15. e}. b. d ≡ a + b + c = (2. b. v) to the following system: s+u−v s+t+u−v s+t+v t + 3v = = = = 1 2 3 4 . Thus the given triple spans R3 . c) is a linearly independent triple. −1. third. 1. (d) The coordinates of x with respect to {a. 1) (c) Let e ≡ (−1. e) is linearly independent. t. which has just been seen to be a basis of R4 . the system I x+y+z = a II y + z = b III 3z = c ¢ ¡ c c has the (unique) solution a − b. For example.→ I x = 5 (d) For an arbitrary triple (a. Thus (a. 2. c. x. 467) (a) Let xa + yb + zc = 0. b. from the fourth. x+z−t x+y+z−t x+y+t y + 3t = = = = 0 0 0 0 Then.Exercises 53 (c) The system to study is the following: I x+y+z =2 II y + z = −3 III 3z = 5 III z=5 3 (↑) . 12 (p. b. that is. b − 3 . and first equation in that order. and hence t. 3). 12. from the fourth. and z are in turn seen to be equal to 0. and first equation in that order. c). c. 3 .8 n. third. c. x. 3. and it is linearly independent (as seen at a). and z are in turn seen to be equal to 0.

u. 1). . 2 a0 ← 2 a0 − 1 a0     1 0 1 −1   0 1 0 0   0 1 1 1 0 1 0 3     1 1 0 −1   0 1 1 1   0 0 1 0 0 0 1 3     1 1 0 −1   0 1 1 1   0 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 u+s−v s+t+v t 3v u s t v u s t v u t s v x   1   1   3  4   1   3   1  4 x   1   3   1  3    a2 ↔ a3 . 1.54 Vector algebra It is more direct and orderly to work just with the table formed by the system ¡ ¢ (extended) matrix A x . 2 a0 ↔ 3 a0 x 0 4a ← 4 a0 − 3 a0 Thus the system has been given the following form: = = = = 1 3 1 3 which is easily solved from the bottom to the top: (s. v) = (1. and to perform elementary row operations and column exchanges. 1.   s t u v x      1 0 1 −1 1     1 1 1 −1 2     1 1 0 1 3  0 1 0 3 4 a1 ↔ a3 . t.

then. 1. and a linear dependence in the equation system suggests that it may √ ¢ ¡√ well have nontrivial solutions. Let us suppose. 0. 0. 0 + β 1. I deduce that α = γ. 1) + γ (0. as already noticed. 0) I tα + β = 0 ⇔ II α + tβ + γ = 0 III β + tγ = 0 It is clear that t = 0 makes the triple linearly dependent (the first and third vector coincide in this case). Equations II and III then become tβ + 2γ = 0 β + tγ = 0 a 2 by 2 homogeneous system with determinant of coefficient matrix equal to t2 − 2. 1. 1. In conclusion. γ) = (0. 3. β. 1. 2 is such a solution.9 (a) n. (c) α (t. the given √ ª © √ triple is linearly dependent for t ∈ 0. 2. 1. .15. Thus the three given triple of vectors is linearly dependent. 1. 2. Indeed. 1 + γ 0. 2. 0) √ I 2α√ β = 0 + ⇔ II α + √2β + γ = 0 III β + 2γ = 0 √ This time the sum of equations I and III (multiplied by 2) is the same as twice equation II. − 2 . 0. 0) and the three given vectors are linearly independent. t. (b) √ ¢ ¡√ ¢ ¡ √ ¢ ¡ α 2.Exercises 55 12. 467) √ ¢ ¡√ ¢ ¡ √ ¢ ¡ α 3. √ ª ©√ Such a system has nontrivial solutions for t ∈ 2. 0) + β (1. 3 = (0. 2 = (0. 0. 0 + β 1. −2. 1 + γ 0. t 6= 0. − 2 . From I and III. t) = (0. 0) √ 3α√ β = 0 + I ⇔ II α + √3β + γ = 0 III β + 3γ = 0 √ I 3α + β = 0 √ ⇔ 3II − III − I 2β = 0 √ III β + 3γ = 0 ⇔ (α. 13 (p.

468) (a) Since the triple (a. v. y. it is a basis of R4 . 14 (p. Since αa + βb + γc = (β + γx. γ) ≡ (1. z) is maximal linearly independent. b.11 n. b + c. so that v can be dropped. too (b) On the contrary. Moreover. v. 1). 468) Let a ≡ (0. w.15. and z the four vectors given in each case. c) is linearly independent. u − v = e(1) w − z = e(3) v − w = e(2) z = e(4) and (u. (a) It is clear that v = u + w. x. c) is linearly independent. 1. 17 (p. z) is maximal linearly independent. 468) Call as usual u. z) is a maximal linearly independent triple. v. Thus (u. (c) Similarly. 15 (p. −1.12 n. Thus (u.15. β. α + β + γy. v.15. α + β + γz) . α (a + b) + β (b + c) + γ (a + c) = 0 ⇔ (α + γ) a + (α + β) b + (β + γ) c = 0 I α+γ =0 α+β =0 ⇔ II III β + γ = 0 I + II − III 2α = 0 ⇔ −I + II + III 2β = 0 I − II + III 2γ = 0 and the triple (a + b. 1. (b) Notice that 1 (u + z) = e(1) 2 1 (v − w) = e(3) 2 1 (u − v) = e(2) 2 1 (w − z) = e(4) 2 Since (u. b + c. (a − b) − (b + c) + (a + c) = 0 it is seen that the triple (a − b.10 n. w. 1) and b ≡ (1. and cannot be equal to z. w. 1). w. a + c) is linearly independent. in the order. I look for two possible alternative choices of a vector c ≡ (x.56 Vector algebra 12. 12. a + c) is linearly dependent. b. y. choosing as nontrivial coefficient triple (α. 12. y). w. every linear combination of u and w has the form (x. z) such that the triple (a. z) spans the four canonical vectors.

equations II and III are the same. a second example is (u. if y = z. and w be the three elements of S (in the given order). possible choices for c are (0. v. it is then readily checked that a=u−w b = 2w (b) The converse inclusion holds as well. 12. γ) ∈ R3 :   I β + γx = 0   α=0 II α + β + γy = 0 β=0 ⇒   III α + β + γz = 0 γ=0 Thus any choice of c with y 6= z makes γ = 0 a consequence of II-III. since the vectors u and v there coincide with the present ones. 12. 0. β. 468) (a) It is enough to prove that each element of T belongs to lin S. 0).15.Exercises 57 Subtracting equation III from equation II. I obtain γ (y − z) = 0 my choice of x. (1.15. Let u. v. and S. As an example. Conversely. w + z. 0). 19 (p. and then either II or III yields α = 0. v =a−b Thus lin S = lin T 1 w= b 2 1 u=v+w = a− b 2 .14 n. y. I yields β = 0 (independently of the value assigned to x). Indeed. 1). in such a case. 1. and system I-III has infinitely many nontrivial solutions α β γ = −γy − β = −γx free provided either x or y (hence z) is different from zero. and z must be such to make the following conditional statement true for each (α. (1. is closed with respect to formation of linear combinations. 18 (p. since each element of lin T is a linear combination in T . Keeping the same notation. 1).13 n. 468) The first example of basis containing the two given vectors is in point (c) of exercise 14 in this section. (0. as any subspace of a vector space. 1. 0. and let a and b be the two elements of T (still in the given order). w − z).

20 (p. b} B ≡ {a + b} lin A ∩ B ⊆ lin B where the couple (a. −2). Notice that αc + βd = (α + β. In conclusion.15. lin S = lin T = lin U 12. if c and d are the two elements of U . lin B ⊆ lin lin A = lin A lin A ∩ lin B = lin B On the other hand. B ⊆ lin A and hence. c=u+v d = u + 2v which proves that lin U ⊆ lin S. by part (a) of last exercise.58 Vector algebra Similarly. Indeed. Inverting the above formulas. and hence lin A ⊆ lin B. β) ∈ R2 such that  α+β =1  I II 2α + 3β = 0  III 3α + 5β = −1 The above system has the unique solution (3. u = 2c − d v =d−c It remains to be established whether or not w is an element of lin U . b) is linearly independent. A∩B =∅ lin A ∩ B = {0} . from A ∩ B ⊆ A and A ∩ B ⊆ B I infer lin A ∩ B ⊆ lin A which yields lin A ∩ B ⊆ lin A ∩ lin B (c) It is enough to define A ≡ {a. which proves that lin S ⊆ lin U . 3α + 5β) It follows that w is an element of lin U if and only if there exists (α. (b) By the last result. 2α + 3β. 468) (a) The claim has already been proved in the last exercise. since from A ⊆ B I can infer A ⊆ lin B.15 n.

17 Exercises .The vector space Vn (C) of n-tuples of complex numbers 59 12.16 The vector space Vn (C) of n-tuples of complex numbers 12.

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4 Lines and vector-valued functions 13.5. 1 (p. Points (b).2 Lines in n-space 13. The parametric equations 2 for L are x = 2 − 2t y = −1 + t If t = 1 I get point (a) (the origin). 477) − → A direction vector for the line L is P Q = (4. point (c) does not belong to L. 1). 0). Thus a point belongs to L if and only if its second coordinate is equal to 1. which yields x = −4 6= 1. showing that L is horizontal. 477) − → A direction vector for the line L is v ≡ 1 P Q = (−2. Finally. and (e) belong to L.1 n. . which requires t = 2. because y = 2 requires t = 3.3 Some simple properties of straight lines 13.1 Introduction 13. (b).5. (d). Among the given points. showing that of the three points only (e) belongs to L.5 Exercises 13.Chapter 13 APPLICATIONS OF VECTOR ALGEBRA TO ANALYTIC GEOMETRY 13.2 n. 13. 2 (p. This gives x = −2. (d) and (e) have the second coordinate equal to 1.

showing that L is horizontal.4 n. 477) The parametric equations for L are x = −3 + 4k y = 1+k z = 1 + 6h The following points belong to L: (b) (h = −1) (e) µ 1 h= 2 ¶ (f ) µ 1 h= 3 ¶ − → A direction vector for the line L is P Q = (4. 0). I 2h + 2k + 3l = 0 II −2h + 3k + l = 0 III −6h + 4k + l = 0 I − 2II + III 2l = 0 I + II 5k + 4l = 0 2I − III 10h + 5l = 0 the only combination which is equal to the null vector is the trivial one. 4 (p.5. 477) I solve each case in a different a way. hence the three points do not belong to the same line. 2) The two vectors are not parallel. (b). −2.5. 5 (p. Thus a point belongs to L if and only if its second coordinate is equal to 1. (a) − → P Q = (2.3 n. 0. (b) Testing affine dependence. . Among the given points.62 Applications of vector algebra to analytic geometry 13. −2) − → QR = (−1. The three points do not belong to the same line.5. 13. and (e) belong to L. (d). 3 (p.5 n. 477) The parametric equations for L are x = −3 + h y = 1 − 2h z = 1 + 3h The following points belong to L: (c) (h = 1) (d) (h = −1) (e) (h = 5) 13.

6 n. First. 13. I get k = − 4 from the first equation 3 and k = −1 from the second. 477) The question is easy. 8) pxy AH = (12. Q does not belong to L (P. to be considered as a picture of the π 15 10 5 -15 -10 -5 0 -5 -10 -15 5 10 15 − → Since the first two components of AB are (4. 6 (p. 2) pxy AE = (−1. 3) − → −→ pxy AG = (−15. and. R).5. −2). all the eight points have their third coordinate equal to 1. but it must be answered by following some orderly ¡ ¢ path. 1) pxy AF = (−6. −7) .Exercises 63 (c) The line through P and R has equations x = 2 + 3k y = 1 − 2k z = 1 Trying to solve for k with the coordinates of Q. We can concentrate only on the first two coordinates. we can have a very good hint on the situation by drawing a twodimensional picture. and hence they belong to the plane π of equation z = 1. as a matter of fact. I check that among the twodimensional projections of the oriented segments connecting A with points D to H − → − → − → pxy AD = (−4. in order to achieve some economy of thought and of computations (there are 8 = 28 2 different oriented segments joining two of the eight given points.

substituting this value in any of the three equations. 4) pxy GH = (9. G) (red). D. (H. 13. namely P 1 ≡ {A. D. Therefore. H} 13. I get h = 4. 13) By requiring point E to belong to the first and last. and the two lines intersect at the point of coordinates (5. It is seen by direct inspection that. I get k = 1. a) and L (Q. G} P 3 ≡ {F. and hence no two of them can both belong to a different line.7 n. and neither A nor B.1) . (G. Thus all elements of the set P 1 ≡ {A. 477) (a) The coordinates of the intersection point of L (P . 9) nHE ≡ (7. 7) pxy EG = (−7. C belongs to LEG .5. G. C. E. H) (blue). 13). and whether or not any elements of P 1 belong to them. F } P 2 ≡ {C. 9. 7 (p. C. 7) nGH ≡ (5. hence they intersect it exactly at one point. − → P Q ∈ span {a. Thus there are three (maximal) sets of at least three collinear points. and point H to the second. b) are determined by the vector equation P + ha = Q + kb which gives P − Q = kb − ha that is.64 Applications of vector algebra to analytic geometry − → only the first and third are parallel to pxy AB. 477) The coordinates of the intersection point are determined by the following equation system I 1 + h = 2 + 3k II 1 + 2h = 1 + 8k III 1 + 3h = 13k Subtracting the third equation from the sum of the first two. 8 (p. Direction vectors for these three lines are 1 −→ 1 − → −→ − pxy HE = (−13.5. B. B. within the set P 1 . −5) 2 3 and as normal vectors for them I may take nEG ≡ (4. it only remains to be checked whether or not the lines through the couples of points (E. F } belong to the same (black) line LABC . F belongs to LGH . b} (13. I end up with their equations as follows LEG : 4x + 7y = 11 LGH : 5x + 9y = 16 LHE : 7x + 13y = 20 All these three lines are definitely not parallel to LABC . nor D belong to LHE . E) (green) coincide.8 n. The three equations are consistent.

477) X (t) = (1 + t.5. P ≡ (λ. 3 + 2t) (a) d (t) ≡ kQ − X (t)k2 = (2 − t)2 + (1 + 2t)2 + (−2 − 2t)2 = 9t2 + 8t + 9 (b) The graph of ¡ the function t 7→ d (t) ≡ 9t2 + 8t + 9 is a parabola with the ¢ 4 point (t0 . Ai = 22 − 2 + 20 =0 9 that is. P i = kP − Qk2 = (λ − %)2 + (µ − σ)2 + (ν − τ )2 The above quadratic polynomial has a second degree term with a positive coefficient. and the 9 9 9 65 minimum distance is 3 .− = . Ai − .5. Q − X (t0 ) = . the point on L of minimum distance from Q is the orthogonal projection of Q on L.− 9 9 9 9 9 9 hQ − X (t0 ) . 10 (p. 13. ν) and Q ≡ (%. γ). 2 − 2t. Ai = α (λ − %) + β (µ − σ) + γ (ν − τ ) 2 c ≡ kQk2 + kP k2 − 2 hQ. σ. d (t0 )) = −√. .9 n. 2a 4a kAk2 kAk2 . ν + γt) f (t) ≡ kQ − X (t)k2 = kQ − P − Atk2 = kQk2 + kP k2 + kAk2 t − 2 hQ. µ + βt. its graph is a parabola with vertical axis and vertex in the point of coordinates ! µ ¶ Ã 2 2 2 b ∆ hQ − P. β. 9 (p.Exercises 65 13. P i + 2 hP − Q.10 n. µ. 65 as vertex. Then X (t) ≡ P + At = (λ + αt. 477) (a) Let A ≡ (α. The points of the line L − → through P with direction vector OA are represented in parametric form (the generic point of L is denoted X (t)). τ ). (c) ¶ ¶ µ µ 5 26 19 22 1 10 X (t0 ) = . . Ai t = at2 + bt + c where a ≡ kAk2 = α2 + β 2 + γ 2 b ≡ hP − Q. The minimum squared distance is 65 . Ai kAk kP − Qk − hP − Q.

2) has no solution (the two lines are parallel). k) such that k − h = c (the two lines intersect in infinitely many points. 477) The vector equation for the coordinates of an intersection point of L (P . (b) Q − X (t0 ) = Q − (P + At0 ) = (Q − P ) − hQ − X (t0 ) . or − → P Q ∈ span {a} that is. Ai = 0 kAk2 13. a) is P + ha = Q + ka It gives P − Q = (h − k) a and there are two cases: either − → P Q ∈ span {a} / and equation (13. Q − P = ca and equation (13. Ai α (% − λ) + β (σ − β) + γ (τ − ν) = 2 α2 + β 2 + γ 2 kAk where hQ − P. the transformation h 7→ k (h) ≡ h + c identifies the parameter change which allows to shift from the first parametrization to the second. Ai hA. i. ∃c ∈ R. Ai − hQ − P.11 n. 11 (p. a) and L (Q.66 Applications of vector algebra to analytic geometry Thus the minimum value of this polynomial is achieved at t0 ≡ and it is equal to kAk2 kP − Qk2 − kAk2 kP − Qk2 cos2 ϑ = kP − Qk2 sin2 ϑ 2 kAk −\ → − → ϑ ≡ OA. Ai = hQ − P. QP is the angle formed by direction vector of the line and the vector carrying the point Q not on L to the point P on L. they coincide).2) .5.e. Ai A kAk2 hQ − P.. (13. For each given point of L. The two expressions P + ha and Q + ka are seen to provide alternative parametrizations of the same line.2) is satisfied by all couples (h.

3 belongs to the 2 2 plane.3) ¡ ¢ (a) Equating (x. 477) 13. so that the point with coordinates 4. (c) Again. 1 belongs to the 2 2 plane. we get 2s + 2t = −4 2s − 2t = 0 3s − t = −2 . y. equating (x. 12 (p. 3 in (13.12 n. y. z) to 4.8 Exercises 13. proceeding in the same way with the triple (−3. 2. 0. 482) We have: − → P Q = (2. ¡ ¢ (b) Similarly. z) to 2. 2. 0.1 n.3) we get 2 2s + 2t = 3 2s − 2t = −1 1 3s − t = 2 2s + 2t = 1 2s − 2t = 1 3 3s − t = 2 ¡ ¢ yielding s = 1 and t = 1.7 Planes and vector-valued functions 13. −2. so that the point with coordinates 2. 2.Planes in euclidean n-spaces 67 13. 1.3) we get 2 ¡ ¢ yielding s = 1 and t = 0. 1 in (13.6 Planes in euclidean n-spaces 13.5. −1) so that the parametric equations of the plane are x = 1 + 2s + 2t y = 1 + 2s − 2t z = −1 + 3s − t (13. 2 (p.8. −1). 3) − → P R = (2.

(e) Finally.2 (a) n. contradicting the 2 third equation). −1) belongs to the plane. because the system 2s + 2t = −1 2s − 2t = −1 3s − t = 1 is inconsistent (the first two equations yield s = − 1 and t = 0. the point of coordinates (0. 0. 3 (p. 1) v = (1. 1. so that the point with coordinates (−3. 1. 13. (d) The point of coordinates (3. 0. contradicting the third equation). because the system 2s + 2t = 2 2s − 2t = 0 3s − t = 4 is inconsistent (from the first two equations we get s = t = 1. 1. 2) does not belong to the plane. 1. 1. 482) x = 1+t y = 2+s+t z = 1 + 4t (b) u = (1. 4) − (0. 5) does not belong to the plane. 4) x = s+t y = 1+s z = s + 4t . 2. 0) = (1.68 Applications of vector algebra to analytic geometry yielding s = t = −1. 1. 1) − (0.8. 0) = (1.

5 (p. 1) Finally. 0. 0) a = (1. 4 (p. 4. 2) + t (−2.. with the third point I get I s − 2t + 1 = 2 II s + 4t + 2 = −3 III 2s + t = −3 I + II − III 2III − I − II check on I check on II check on III t+3=2 2s − 3 = −5 −1 + 2 + 1 = 2 −1 − 4 + 2 = −3 −2 − 1 = −3 (13. there exist real numbers q and r such that S = P + q (Q − P ) + r (R − P ) Then. (a) If p + q + r = 1. then pP + qQ + rR = P − (1 − p) P + qQ + rR = P + (q + r) P + qQ + rR = P + q (Q − P ) + r (R − P ) and the coordinates of pP + qQ + rR satisfy the parametric equations of the plane M through P . (b) The answer has already been given by writing equation (13. 2) b = (−2. 0) does not belong to the plane M . 482) (a) Solving for s and t with the coordinates of the first point. Q. 4.3 n. S = (1 − q − r) P + qQ + rR = pP + qQ + rR .8. 482) This exercise is a replica of material already presented in class and inserted in the notes. (b) If S is a point of M. 1.4) and (2. defining p ≡ 1 − (q + r). 1) 13. 0) + s (1. The second point is directly seen to belong to M from the parametric equations (1. 2. 1. 2.4): P ≡ (1.Exercises 69 13. and R.8.4 n. I get I s − 2t + 1 = 0 II s + 4t + 2 = 0 III 2s + t = 0 I + II − III t + 3 = 0 2III − I − II 2s − 3 = 0 3 check on I − 6 + 1 6= 0 2 and (0. −3. −3) belongs to M .

482) I use three different methods for the three cases. c. 6 (p. and I require that the three given points belong to π 2 . d) of the cartesian equation of π 2 as unknown. better. in 4 · III).5 n. (a) The parametric equations for the first plane π 1 are I x = 2 + 3h − k II y = 3 + 2h − 2k III z = 1 + h − 3k Eliminating the parameter h (I − II − III) I get 4k = x − y − z + 2 Eliminating the parameter k (I + II − III) I get 4h = x + y − z − 4 Substituting in III (or. 4z = 4 + x + y − z − 4 − 3x + 3y + 3z − 6 I obtain a cartesian equation for π 1 x − 2y + z + 3 = 0 (b) I consider the four coefficients (a.8. b. I obtain the system 2a + 3b + c + d = 0 −2a − b − 3c + d = 0 4a + 3b − c + d = 0 which I solve by elimination  µ 0 1 2 0  2 3 1 1  −2 −1 −3 1  4 3 −1 1 2a ← ( 2a + 1a ) 0 0 3a ← 3a − 2 1a 0 0 0 ¶   2 3 1 1  0 1 −1 1  0 −3 −3 −1   2 3 1 1  0 1 −1 1  0 0 −3 1 ¡ 3a ← 1 ( 3 a0 + 3 1 a0 ) 2 ¢ .70 Applications of vector algebra to analytic geometry 13.

−2) × (1. 1) and form a linearly independent couple can be chosen as direction vectors for M . however. −4. respectively. −1. Such a normal is n = (2. Any two vectors which are orthogonal to the normal n = (3. and I get dI = (−1. 0) . which is presented in the subsequent section. 3) and (3. 3.Exercises 71 From the last equation (which reads −3c + d = 0) I assign values 1 and 3 to c and d. 7 (p. (b) I assign the values −1 and 1 to y and z in the cartesian equation of the plane M .6 n. 0. and from the first (which is unchanged) I get a = 1. The cartesian equation of π 2 is x − 2y + z + 3 = 0 (notice that π 1 and π 2 coincide) (c) This method requires the vector product (called cross product by Apostol ). 1. The plane π3 and the given plane being parallel. a cartesian equation for π 3 is x − 2y + z + d = 0 and the coefficient d is determined by the requirement that π 3 contains (2. they have the same normal direction. from the second (which reads b − c + d = 0) I get b = −2. I have thought it better to show its application here already. 0. 0).8. 1) 2−6+1+d =0 yielding x − 2y + z + 3 = 0 13. 2) Thus π 3 coincides with π2 . 3. 1) = (2. and I obtain P = (1. Thus I assign values arbitrarily to d2 and d3 in the orthogonality condition 3d1 − 5d2 + d3 = 0 say. 3) The parametric equations for M are x = 1 − s + 5t y = −1 + 3t z = 1 + 3s dII = (5. −5. (0. 1) (I may have as well taken one of the first two points of part a). 482) (a) Only the first two points belong to the given plane. in order to obtain the third coordinate of a point of M . since it has the same normal and has a common point with it. At any rate (just to show how the method applies in general).

9 (p. Another handy solution to¡the equation corresponding¡ the last to ¢ ¢ row of the final elimination table is (h. − 5 is all right. Substituting in the lefthand side of (13.5).72 Applications of vector algebra to analytic geometry 13. 17).7 n. and to s = −2 from the first. t) = − 5 . 8 (p.5). 3. because the parametric equations of the two planes M and M 0 are written using the same names for the two parameters. 2. I do get indeed (−14. 7 . I proceed to finish up the elimination. thereby suggesting the wrong answer that M and M 0 are parallel. | 1 | 2 | 0 s t h k | const. respectively.. which is apparent (though incomplete) from the righthand side of (13. k) = − 2 . This is already enough to get the first point from the parametric equation of M 0 . 8. which is a trace of the parametric equations of M . 482) The question is formulated in a slightly insidious way (perhaps Tom did it on purpose. − 3 . 17). just to check on the computations. −4) .5) I take all the variables on the lefthand side.8 n. 3. and the constant terms on the righthand one.). | 2 | 5 | 16 µ 0 0 0 3r ← 3r + 2 2r 0 0 1r ↔ 2r ¶ A handy solution to the last equation (which reads −19h − 21k = 16) is obtained by assigning values 8 and −8 to h and k. 13. 2. which is likely to have no solutions. −1 0 −2 −2 | 2 0 −1 −5 −7 | 5 0 2 −9 −7 | 6 s t h k −1 0 −2 −2 0 −1 −5 −7 0 0 −19 −21 | const. This may easily lead to an incorrect attempt two solve the problem by setting up a system of three equations in the two unknown s and t. and I proceed by elimination: s t h k 2 −1 −1 −3 −1 0 −2 −2 3 2 −3 −1  ← 1 r0 + 2 2 r0  3 r0 ← 3 r0 + 3 2 r0  0 0 1r ↔ 2r  1r 0 | const. which leads to t = 11 from the second row.. 5 5 5 5 5 ¡ 2 1¢ and the check by means of (s. 1) = (−4. 482) (a) A normal vector for M is n = (1. However. This gives R = 2 . On the contrary. − 2 . the equation system for the coordinates of points in M ∩ M 0 has four unknowns: I 1 + 2s − t = 2 + h + 3k II 1 − s = 3 + 2h + 2k III 1 + 3s + 2t = 1 + 3h + k (13.8. 3) × (3. Thus Q = (−14.8.

e. 2 ¡ = s5= −7 ¢ Thus L ∩ M consists of a single point. namely. from which the third and second equation give t = 3. −2. 483) The parametric equations for the line L are x = 1 + 2r y = 1−r z = 1 + 3r and the parametric equations for the plane M are x = 1 + 2s y = 1+s+t z = −2 + 3s + t The coordinates of a point of intersection between L and M must satisfy the system of equations 2r − 2s = 0 r+s+t = 0 3r − 3s − t = −3 The first equation yields r = s. The coordinates of the points of the intersection line L ≡ M ∩ M 00 satisfy the system ½ x − 2y + z + 3 = 0 x + 2y + z = 0 By sum and subtraction.8. . ¡ ¡ 3 3 the ¢ Q = − 2 . − 2 . the line L can be represented by the simpler system ½ 2x + 2z = −3 4y = 3 as the intersection of two different planes π and π 0 . Coordinate of points on L are now easy to produce. the two planes are parallel. 3 . the point of coordinates −2.9 n. and π 0 parallel to ¢ xz-plane. 3 r . (b) A cartesian equation for M is x − 2y + z + d = 0 From substitution of the coordinates of P . 10 (p. the coefficient d is seen to be equal to 3. and the coordinates of the point P ∈ M do not satisfy the equation of M 0 . 4 . 0 and R = 0. − 3 4 2 13. with π parallel to the y-axis. 2 .. 1).Exercises 73 whereas the coefficient vector in the equation of M 0 is (1. Since the latter is parallel to the former.g.

a. 3) (a) L is parallel to the given plane (which I am going to denote π a ) if v is a linear ¡ ¢ combination of (2. 4. I am reduced to the previous case. 2. 3): h(2.g.. because subtraction of the third equation from the second gives y = −2.10 n. 2.74 Applications of vector algebra to analytic geometry 13. The system to be studied now is 2x + y = 2 4x + 3y = −1 4x + y = 3 where subtraction of the second equation from the third gives 2x = 4. 1. −1) − (1. − → (b) By computing two independent directions for the plane π b . 3) . P Q = (3. . it suffices to check orthogonality between v and (1. e.8. 3)i = 9 6= 0 L is not parallel to π c . (1. 1 . 1. 5. a. b as columns ¯ ¯ ¯ ¯ ¯ ¯ 2 2 3 ¯ ¯ 4 0 −5 ¯ ¯ 5 ¯ 4 ¯ 4 ¯ ¯ ¯ ¯ ¯ −1 1 1 ¯ = ¯ −1 1 1 ¯ = ¯ 4 − 4 ¯ = − 1 ¯ ¯ ¯ ¯ ¯ 6 −2 ¯ 2 ¯ 3 3 1 ¯ ¯ 6 0 −2 ¯ and the three equations are again inconsistent. 3) and 3 . 483) The parametric equations for L are x = 1 + 2t y = 1−t z = 1 + 3t and a direction vector for L is v = (2. this yields y = −3 in the last two equations. −1. With either reasoning. 1. 11 (p. 2 (c) Since a normal vector to π c has for components the coefficients of the unknowns in the equation of π c . 1. Thus I consider the system 4 3 2x + y = 2 4 x + y = −1 3x + y = 3 shows that {v. Alternatively. it is seen that L is not parallel to πa . these two values contradicting all equations. −2) and P R = (2. −1. computing the determinant of the matrix having v. b} is a linearly independent set. L is not parallel to π b . hence x = 2. −2). contradicting the first. whereas subtraction of the first from the third yields x = 1 . 2) − − → (1.

and let Q ≡ (xQ . 2. zP ) is the plane π through Q with − → direction vectors d and QP x = xQ + hd1 + k (xP − xQ ) y = yQ + hd2 + k (yP − yQ ) z = zQ + hd3 + k (zP − zQ ) L belongs to π because the parametric equation of π reduces to that of L when k is assigned value 0. 483) Since every point of L belongs to M ..11 n. zQ ) be a point of L. A point S then belongs to M if and only if there exists real numbers q and r such that S = P + q (Q − P ) + r (R − P ) (13.Exercises 75 13. A plane containing L and the point P ≡ (xP .8. Since any two distinct points on L and P determine a unique plane. 1. by defining q≡p r≡0 it is immediately seen that condition (13. obtaining x−y+1 =0 13. by subtracting the first equaiton from the second. 13. (1. 3. π is the only plane containing L and P . M contains the points having coordinates equal to (1.12 n. 12 (p.6) If S belongs to the line through P and Q.8. 3). 2. and (2. 1) for each t ∈ R.8. 483) Let d be a direction vector for the line L. .13 n. 14 (p. yQ . 3) + t (1. 5). and P belongs to π because the coordinates of P are obtained from the parametric equation of π when h is assigned value 0 and k is assigned value 1. 483) Let R be any point of the given plane π. the parametric equations for M are x = 1+r+s y = 2+r+s z = 3 + r + 2s It is possible to eliminate the two parameters at once. t = 1.g.6) is satisfied. e. 13 (p. there exists a real number p such that S = P + p (Q − P ) Then. other than P or Q. Choosing. yP .

487) A×B (a) kA×Bk = − √4 i + √3 j + 26 26 (b) (c) A×B kA×Bk A×B kA×Bk 41 = − √2054 i − 1 = − √6 i − √1 k 26 A×B or − kA×Bk = √4 i 26 − √3 j 26 − + √1 k. (g) (A × C) × B = −2i − 8j − 12k. (c) C × A = 4i − 4j + 2k. (e) (A × B) × C = 8i + 3j − 7k. (b) B × C = 4i − 5j + 3k. 3) × (3. −1. 9. 10) ° 1 °− → ° → − ° 15 area ABC = °AB × AC ° = 2 2 − → − → AB × AC = (3.3 (a) n.9 The cross product 13. 2. −2. 487) (a) A × B = −2i + 3j − k.11. 6 13. 2054 2 √ j 6 − 1 √ k 6 A×B or − kA×Bk = + 2 √ j 6 + 1 √ k. 0) = (3. (h) (A + B) × (A − C) = 2i − 2j.11. (f) A × (B × C) = 10i + 11j + 5k. 26 √ 18 j 2054 √ 18 j 2054 + √7 k 2054 A×B or − kA×Bk = 1 √ i 6 √ 41 i 2054 − √ 7 k.76 Applications of vector algebra to analytic geometry 13. −3) × (3.10 The cross product expressed as a determinant 13. −2) = (10. 487) − → − → AB × AC = (2.11 Exercises 13.11. −6. 1 (p.1 n. (i) (A × B) × (A × C) = −2i + 4k. (d) A × (C × A) = 8i + 10j + 4k.2 n. 3 (p. 2 (p. −5. 13. 15) √ ° 1 °− → ° → − ° 3 35 area ABC = °AB × AC ° = 2 2 (b) .

kck2 = 22 + 12 . b) is linearly independent and kb × ak > 0. b + ci = ha. bi = 0 13. 487) 13. −bi = − kbk2 because b × a is orthogonal to b. 1. n) and b ≡ (p. 5 (p. (b × a)i + hb. (b) hb.11. . (b × a) − bi = hb.4 − → − → CA × AB = (−i + 2j − 3k) × (2j + k) = 8i − j − 2k 13. ci = hb. 6 (p. 0. √ (c) By the formula above. Then ka × bk2 = (mr − nq)2 + (np − lr)2 + (lq − mp)2 = m2 r2 + n2 q 2 − 2mnrq + n2 p2 + l2 r2 −2lnpr + l2 q 2 + m2 p2 − 2lmpq ¡2 ¢¡ ¢ kak2 kbk2 = l + m2 + n2 p2 + q2 + r2 = l2 p2 + l2 q 2 + l2 r2 + m2 p2 + m2 q 2 +m2 r2 + n2 p2 + n2 q 2 + n2 r2 ¢ ¡ (ka × bk = kak kbk) ⇔ ka × bk2 = kak2 kbk2 ⇔ (lp + mq + nr)2 = 0 ⇔ ha. 1. Thus hb. r) for the sake of notational simplicity. 1) = (1. 487) ha. bc = −π is impossible. −1) ° √3 1 °− → ° → − ° area ABC = °AB × AC ° = 2 2 n. 4 (p. q. Moreover.11. 1) × (1. because \ kck2 = kb × ak2 + kbk2 − 2 kb × ak kbk cos (b × a) b = kb × ak2 + kbk2 > kbk2 since (a.11.5 n. 487) Let a ≡ (l.Exercises 77 (c) − → − → AB × AC = (0.π bc 2 c .6 (a) n. b × ai = 0 because b × a is orthogonal to a. and kck = 5. ci < 0 kbk c cos bc = − <0 kck i i c ∈ π. m.

bi2 = 1 so that a × b is a unit vector as well. bi = 0. b. (a × b)×b is either equal to a or to −a. The proof that (a × b) × b = −a is identical. Both the righthand rule and the lefthand rule yield now (a × b) × a = b (d)  (a3 b1 − a1 b3 ) a3 − (a1 b2 − a2 b1 ) a2 (a × b) × a =  (a1 b2 − a2 b1 ) a1 − (a2 b3 − a3 b2 ) a3  (a2 b3 − a3 b2 ) a2 − (a3 b1 − a1 b3 ) a1  2  (a2 + a2 ) b1 − a1 (a3 b3 + a2 b2 ) 3 =  (a2 + a2 ) b2 − a2 (a1 b1 + a3 b3 )  1 3 (a2 + a2 ) b3 − a3 (a1 b1 + a2 b2 ) 1 2  (a2 + a2 ) b1 + a1 (a1 b1 ) 2 3 (a × b) × a =  (a2 + a2 ) b2 + a2 (a2 b2 )  1 3 (a2 + a2 ) b3 + a3 (a3 b3 ) 1 2  b1 (a × b) × a =  b2  b3    (a × b) × b = −a Since a and b are orthogonal.d-e). 488) (a) Since kak = kbk = 1 and ha. 7 (p. (a × b) × a is either equal to b or to −b.78 Applications of vector algebra to analytic geometry 13. The three vectors a. by Lagrange’s identity (theorem 13. k(a × b) × bk2 = ka × bk2 kbk2 − ha × b.7 n. bi2 = 1 k(a × b) × ak2 = kck2 = 1 Since the direction which is orthogonal to (a × b) and to b is spanned by a. ai2 = 1 (c) And again. a × b are mutually orthogonal either by assumption or by the properties of the vector product (theorem 13. Similarly. kck2 = ka × bk2 kak2 − ha × b.12. . Since a is a unit vector.f) ka × bk2 = kak2 kbk2 − ha. (b) By Lagrange’s identity again.12.11.

bi = 1 are: I II III IV −2q − r = 3 2p − 2r = 4 p + 2q = −1 2p − q + 2r = 1 Standard manipulations yield 2II + 2IV + III (↑) . . a × (b − c) = 0. In the first case. r) be the coordinates of b. suppose that a 6= 0.11. and its norm must depend on ϑ according to the relation kck kbk = (13.→ II (↑) . either h = 0 (which means a = 0). 488) (a) From a × b = 0.Exercises 79 13.− 9 9 9 the vector b must be orthogonal to c. −1) The solution to this exercise given by Apostol at page 645 is wrong. 9 (p. In the second case. the unique solution is 9p = 9 2 − 2r = 4 −2q + 1 = 3 2+1−2 =1 1−2 =1 b = (1. or kbk = 0 (which is equivalent to b = 0).→ I check on IV check on III that is. and ha. From a×b = kak kbk |sin ϑ|. 8 (p. Geometrically. in a×c c×a which case it has to be equal to kak2 or to kak2 . in order to satisfy the condition a×b= c kck Thus kak ≤ kbk < +∞.9 n. Then both the projection ha. either k = 0 (which means b = 0). bi = k kak2 . either there exists some h ∈ R such that a = hb. q. Then either ha.11. or there exists some k ∈ R such that b = ka. In particular. 13. or kak = 0 (which is equivalent to a = 0). bi = h kbk2 or ha. kak (b) From the previous point. Thus two solutions to the problem are µ ¶ 7 8 11 ± . which can only happen if b = 0. that is.7) kak |sin ϑ| (b) Let (p.− .bi a of b along a and the projecting vector kak2 (of length kb×ak ) are null. b − ci = 0 imply that b − c = 0. 488) c (a) Let ϑ ≡ ab. −1. the hypotheses a 6= 0. b can be taken orthogonal to a as well.8 n. the conditions a × b = c and ha. either h kbk = 0 or k kak = 0. and observe that a and c are orthogonal.

8). it is seen that the c × a is a solution to the equation a×x=c (13.9). a × c + αai = 1 that is. x = a × c + αa From condition (13. 488) − → u ≡ AB = (−2. by skew-simmetry of the vector product. −2. 1.11. . c × a is orthogonal to a.8). Thus the set of all solutions to equation (13. α=− Thus the unique solution to the problem is b ≡ a × c− 13.11.9) We are bound to look for other solutions to (13. ha. 0) − → v ≡ BC = (3. 1. 488) Replacing b with c in the first result of exercise7.8) However. 1) − → w ≡ CA = (−1.8) is © ª x ∈ R3 : ∃α ∈ R. If x and z both solve (13.11 (a) Let n. a kak2 1 kak2 (13. xi = 1 a × (x − z) = a × x − a × z = c − c = 0 which implies that x − z is parallel to a. 11 (p.80 Applications of vector algebra to analytic geometry 13. 10 (p. and hence it does not meet the additional requirement ha. (a × c) × a = c Therefore.10 n. −1) Each side of the triangle ABC can be one of the two diagonals of the parallelogram to be determined.

where AD = AB + AC = u − w. In this case D = A + u − w = “B + C − A” = (0. − ¯ −2 0 ¯ ¯ −1 −1 ¯ ¯ ¯¶ ¯ ¯ −2 1 ¯ ¯. 0) (b) µ¯ ¯ 1 0 ¯ u×w = ¯ 1 −1 √ 6= ku × wk = ¯ ¯ ¯ ¯ ¯ .¯ ¯ ¯ ¯ −1 1 ¯ = (−1. −2. the other is BE. the other is CF . −1) √ 6 area (ABC) = 2 . 2) − → − → − → If one of the diagonals is AB. 2) − → − → − → If one of the diagonals is CA. In this case F = A − v + w = “A + B − C” = (−2. −2. 0. In this case E = B + v − u = “A + C − B” = (4. the other is AD. where CF = CA + CB = −v + w. 2. where BE = BC + BA = v − u.Exercises 81 − → − → − → If one of the diagonals is BC.

Thus z = 0. because (a. since otherwise x y (a × b) = − (a + b) − (a − b) z z x+y y−x a+ b = − z z would belong to lin {a. and (13. too.11. (a × b) is nonnull. bi = −4 ha. in the first place a and b are nonnull. 488) (a) It is true that. a × b) is linearly independent.11. Indeed. b + ci = −2 ha. ci c cos bc = = kbk kck 2 . too. (a × b) ∈ lin {a. 488) b + c = 2 (a × b) − 2b ha. b) is linearly independent. b).10) kck2 = 4 ka × bk2 − 12 ha × b. then the triple (a + b. because it is orthogonal to a and b. b}.12 n. b}).13 n. a × bi − 3 kbk2 = 48 √ 3 hb. if the couple (a.10) becomes x (a + b) + y (a − b) = 0 which is equivalent to (x + y) a+ (x − y) b = 0 By linear independence of (a. in particular.b}. bi 1 c cos ab = = kak kbk 2 2 2 2 c ka × bk = kak kbk sin2 ab = 12 13. since every n-tuple having the null vector among its components is linearly dependent.82 Applications of vector algebra to analytic geometry 13. bi + 9 kbk2 = 192 √ kck = 8 3 hb. a − b. x+y =0 and x−y =0 (13. ci = 2 hb. Fourth. suppose that x (a + b) + y (a − b) + z (a × b) = 0 Then z cannot be different from zero. 13 (p. since the only vector / which is orthogonal to itself is the null vector. Third. b) is linearly independent. 12 (p. Secondly. (a × b) is orthogonal to both a + b and a − b (as well as to any vector in lin {a.

(a + b) × (a − b)) is linearly independent. a × b) is linearly independent when the couple (a. Indeed. b + a × b) is linearly independent. Indeed. y. then the triple (a + b. a + a × b. too. and this in turn implies that both x + y and x + z are also null. if AC is nonnull. (a + b) × (a − b) = a × a − a × b + b × a − b × b = −2a × b and the triple (a. 14 (p. if the couple (a. if the couple (a. b. then the triple (a. arguing as in the fourth part of the previous point.11. if AC is null. too. AC is linearly dependent. In such a case. yielding y− − → → AB = − AC x . let (x. y + z must be null. b) is linearly independent. (c) It is true that. b. b) is so. 13.14 n. The system x+y = 0 x+z = 0 y+z = 0 has the trivial solution as the only solution. then in the nontrivial null combination − → − → xAB + y AC = 0 x must be nonnull. − → Otherwise. (b) It is true that. then A and C coincide and it is clear that the line through them and B contains all the three points. b) is linearly independent. 488) → − → − (a) The cross product AB × AC equals the null vector if and only if the couple ³ ´ − − → → − → AB.Exercises 83 and hence x = y = 0. z) be such that x (a + b) + y (a + a × b) + z (b + a × b) = 0 which is equivalent to (x + y) a + (x + z) b + (y + z) a × b = 0 Since.

15 n. b. b. pi = hb. −1}. kpk = 22 . p is orthogonal to b. b. pi = 0 that is. y− → B = A − AC x which means that B belongs to the line through A and C. p × bi + hb. (p. 488) (a) From the assumption (p × b) + p = a. and {p. (c) Since p is orthogonal both to p × b (definition of vector product) and to b (point a).11). ai hp. 13.11) 1 = kak2 = kp × bk2 + kpk2 = 2 kpk2 that is. (b) Since p. hp. that is. ai hb. 15 (p. (b) By the previous point. pi = hp. p × b} is a basis of R3 . p) defines the opposite one. (d) Still from the assumption (p × b) + p = a. the set of all points P belonging to the line through A and B. the set n o − → − → P : AP × BP = 0 is the set of all points P such that A. b) define the same orientation. p × bi + hp.11.84 Applications of vector algebra to analytic geometry that is. ai = kpk2 = 1 2 1 2 p × (p × b) + p × p = p × a kp × ak = kpk2 kbk = . and P belong to the same line. This gives kp × bk = kpk kbk = kpk and hence √ (13. b. there exists some h ∈ R such that (p × b) × b = hp Thus. ¯ π¯ ¯ ¯ |h| kpk = kp × bk kbk ¯sin ¯ = kpk 2 and h ∈ {1. p × b) is linearly independent. p. b. h = −1. and (p × b. hb. taking into account (13. B. p × b) and (p × b. and p×b are pairwise orthogonal. Since the triples (p.

14 Exercises 13. π . and 3π .12 The scalar triple product 13. respectively. It follows 4 that k = −1. On the other hand.12) where q = 2p − a is a vector in the plane π generated by p and a.12) requires that the angle formed with p by q is − π . and b × a form angles of π . there exists some k ∈ R such that q = k (b × a) Now c kqk2 = 4 kpk2 + kak2 − 4 kpk kak cos pa √ √ 2 2 = 2+1−4 =1 2 2 kqk = 1 |k| = 1 If on the plane orthogonal to b the mapping u 7→ b × u rotates counterclockwise. I have finally obtained 1 1 p = a − (b × a) 2 2 13.15 Normal vectors to planes 13. so that q is discordant with b × a.13 Cramer’s rule for solving systems of three linear equations 13.The scalar triple product 85 Thus 1 1 p= a+ q 2 2 (13. which is orthogonal to a. the vectors a = p + b × p.16 Linear cartesian equations for planes . Since a normal vector to π is b. b × p. the decomposition of p obtained in (13. 4 2 4 with p.

z) = − .17 Exercises 13. . 496) (a) Out of the inifnitely many vectors satisfying the requirement. (x. . (x.− .1 n.− 3 3 3 7 0. 1 (p. 2. z)i = hn. − . 3)i 13. z)i = 0 (c) hn. 2 or 7x − 2y + 2z = 9 or 7x − 2y + 2z = 0 n = knk (b) The three intersection points are: X-axis : (−7. 0) Y -axis : µ 1 2 2 . 496) µ ¶ µ ¶ 7 0.2 (a) n. a distinguished one is n ≡ (2i + 3j − 4k) × (j + k) = 7i − 2j + 2k (b) hn. y.17.86 Applications of vector algebra to analytic geometry 13. y. 9 9 9 . y.17. 0. 3 (d) Intersecting with π the line through the origin which is directed by the normal to π   x=h   y = 2h   z = −2h  x + 2y − 2z + 7 = 0 yields h + 4h + 4h + 7 = 0 7 h = − µ9 ¶ 7 14 14 (x. 0. (1. 0 2 ¶ Z-axis : (c) The distance from the origin is 7 . 2 (p.

rewriting the equation of π 4 with normal vector n2 3x − 6y + 3z = 21 |d2 − d4 | 19 =√ kn2 k 54 dist (π.4 n. (b) The straight line through the origin having direction vector n4 has equations x = t y = −2t z = t and intersects π 2 and π 4 at points C and D. which can be determined by the equations 3tC − 6 (−2tC ) + 3tC = 2 tD − 2 (−2tD ) + tD = 7 −→ ¡ 7 1 ¢ Thus tC = 1 . 496) π1 π2 π3 π4 : : : : x + 2y − 2z = 5 3x − 6y + 3z = 2 2x + y + 2z = −1 x − 2y + z = 7 (a) π 2 and π 4 are parallel because n2 = 3n4 . n3 i = 0. π 1 and π3 are orthogonal because hn1 . respectively. and 9 6 ° ° 19 √ °−→° 19 kn4 k = 6 °CD° = 18 18 Alternatively.17.Exercises 87 13. 4 (p. CD = 6 − 9 n4 . −3) and is parallel to the plane of equation 3x − y + 2z = 4 is 3 (x − 1) − (y − 2) + 2 (z + 3) = 0 or 3x − y + 2z + 5 = 0 The distance between the two planes is √ |4 − (−5)| 9 14 √ = 14 9+1+4 13. 496) A cartesian equation for the plane which passes through the point P ≡ (1. tD = 7 .3 n. 3 (p.17. π 0 ) = . 2.

5 (p. 6 (p. 8. −1). −2) is − → − → n ≡ P Q × QR = (2. 496) A normal vector to the plane is given by any direction vector for the given line n ≡ (2. R ≡ (−1. 9 (p. 3) × (0. 2). 3 13. 8 (p. 9) A cartesian equation for the plane is (x − 2) + 2 (y − 3) + 9 (z + 7) = 0 or x + 2y + 9z = 55 13. 3.7 n. Q ≡ (2. −3. 2. 3) = (1. 496) (a) A normal vector for the plane π through the points P ≡ (1. −2) is − → − → n ≡ P Q × RQ = (1. Q ≡ (3. 1. −1.17. 1.6 n. 496) A direction vector for the line is just the normal vector of the plane. 1) × (3. a normal vector for the plane through the points P ≡ (1. 3). 12) − (1. 4).17.5 n. 2. −4. 3. 6) = (10. −4) = (4. 4. 496) Proceeding as in points (a) and (b) of the previous exercise.17. 2. 2. 7.17. −4. −7) and a cartesian equation for it is 10x − 3y − 7z + 17 = 0 13. −8) (b) A cartesian equation for π is x + 2y − 2z = 5 (c) The distance of π from the origin is 5 .8 n. R ≡ (3.88 Applications of vector algebra to analytic geometry 13. Thus the parametric equations are x = 2 + 4h y = 1 − 3h z = −3 + h .

5) is 2x + 3y + 2z + 15 = 0 (e) At time t = 2. −3. 2 · (−2) + 3 · (−7) + 2 · 5 + d = 0 d = 15 A cartesian equation for the plane π 0 which is parallel to π and contains (−2. 2) (c) The hitting instant is determined by substituting the coordinates of the moving point into the equation of the given plane π 2 (1 − t) + 3 (2 − 3t) + 2 (−1 + 2t) + 1 = 0 −7t + 7 = 0 yielding t = 1. 496) (a) The position of the point at time t can be written as follows: x= 1−t y = 2 − 3t z = −1 + 2t which are just the parametric equations of a line. the moving point has coordinates (−1.9 n. 1). the moving point has coordinates (−2. −4. −7. 5). Substituting. −7. 10 (p.17. Thus −1 · −1 − 3 · −4 + 2 · 3 + d = 0 d = −19 A cartesian equation for π 00 is (x + 1) + 3 (y + 4) − 2 (z − 3) = 0 or x + 3y − 2z + 19 = 0 . −1. (b) The direction vector of the line L is d = (−1. A normal vector for the plane π 00 which is orthogonal to L and contains (−1. (d) At time t = 3.Exercises 89 13. Hence the hitting point is (0. 3) is −d. 3). −4.

z) = 3 . √8 . m) = − 7 . y. Then are 3 3 ³ √7 .12 n.90 Applications of vector algebra to analytic geometry 13.17. 2. 0). √3 the required vector is − 122 122 122 . 11 (p. 8 .13 n. 1 knk 2 13. 1 . 0. 496) A normal vector for the plane π which is parallel to both vectors i + j and j + k is n ≡ (i + j) × (j + k) = i − j + k Since the intercept of π with the X-axis is (2.11 n. the other values ´ easily obtained: (l. 496) First I find a vector of arbitrary norm which satisfies the given conditions: l + 2m − 3n = 0 l − m + 5n = 0 13. 13 (p. 15 (p. 14 (p.17. a cartesian equation for π is x−y+z = 2 13.17.17. 2 2 ¡ ¢ Assigning value 1 to n.10 From n. 0. 496) I work directly on the coefficient matrix for the equation system: 3 1 1 | 5 3 1 5 | 7 1 −1 3 | 3 With obvious manipulations 0 4 −8 | −4 0 0 4 | 2 1 −1 3 | 3 ¡ ¢ I obtain a unique solution (x. 496) c π ni = 3 c π nj = 4 π c nk = 3 we get A cartesian equation for the plane in consideration is √ (x − 1) + 2 (y − 1) + (z − 1) = 0 or x+ √ √ 2y + z = 2 + 2 n 1³ √ ´ = 1.

3) and n2 ≡ (2. 3) = (1. −2. 4). |2 + d| = 6 The two solutions of the above equation are d1 = 4 (corresponding to the plane already given) and d2 = −8. 4) × (1. 2.The conic sections 91 13. which have as normal vectors n1 ≡ (1.17. 1) Since ` goes through the point P ≡ (1. 20 (p.21 Exercises . parametric eqautions for ` are the following: x=1+t y = 2 − 2t z =3+t 13.18 The conic sections 13. 3). a direction vector for ` is d ≡ (2. 3.19 Eccentricity of conic sections 13.20 Polar equations for conic sections 13. 2. 2. 3. 2. 497) A cartesian equation for the plane under consideration is 2x − y + 2z + d = 0 The condition of equal distance from the point P ≡ (3. 17 (p. 497) If the line ` under consideration is parallel to the two given planes. Thus the required equation is 2x − y + 2z = 8 13.17.15 n. −1) yields |6 − 2 − 2 + 4| |6 − 2 − 2 + d| = 3 3 that is.14 n.

92 Applications of vector algebra to analytic geometry 13.25 Miscellaneous exercises on conic sections .24 Exercises 13.23 Cartesian equations for the conic sections 13.22 Conic sections symmetric about the origin 13.

Chapter 14 CALCULUS OF VECTOR-VALUED FUNCTIONS .

94 Calculus of vector-valued functions .

let P . Indeed. 555) The set of all real rational functions is a real linear space.Chapter 15 LINEAR SPACES 15. This shows that the set in question is closed with respect to the two linear space operations of function sum and function multiplication by a scalar. Of course it can also be seen directly that the identically null function x 7→ 0 is a rational function. β) = (0. for (α. Q.1 Introduction 15.3 Examples of linear spaces 15.2 The definition of a linear space 15. 1 (p. R.5.4 Elementary consequences of the axioms 15. β) = (0. and S be any four real polynomials. From this the other two existence axioms (of the zero element and of negatives) also follow as particular cases.5 Exercises 15. as the quotient of the constant polynomials P : x 7→ 0 . and let f : x 7→ P (x) Q (x) g : x 7→ R (x) S (x) Then for every two real numbers α and β αf + βg : x 7→ αP (x) S (x) + βQ (x) R (x) Q (x) S (x) is a well defined real rational function.1 n. −1) respectively. 0) and for (α.

. 3 (p. taking into account the general properties of the operations of function sum and function multiplication by a scalar 15. of a type which has become usual at this point.96 Linear spaces and Q : x 7→ 1.4 n.5. It may be also noticed that the degree of both polynomials P and Q occurring in the representation of the identically null function as a rational function is zero. and using the same notation. Indeed. for every two real numbers α and β. 555) The set of all real valued functions which are defined on a fixed domain containing 0 and 1. then deg [αP S + βQR] ≤ deg QS This is clear.3 n. is a real linear space.5. deg QR} deg P S = deg P deg S ≤ deg Q deg S deg QR = deg Q deg R ≤ deg Q deg S so that the closure axioms hold. 2 (p.5. and which have the same value at 0 and 1. Indeed. the two existence axioms follow as particular cases. and it is anyway clear that the identically null function x 7→ 0 achieves the same value at 0 and 1. 15. 4 (p. (αf + βg) (0) = αf (0) + βg (0) = α2f (1) + β2g (1) = 2 (αf + βg) (1) so that the closure axioms hold. Indeed. Again. 15. The remaining linear space axioms are immediately seen to hold. taking into account exercise 1. (αf + βg) (0) = αf (0) + βg (0) = αf (1) + βg (1) = (αf + βg) (1) so that the closure axioms hold. allows to conclude.2 n. for every two real numbers α and β. since for every two real numbers α and β deg [αP S + βQR] ≤ max {deg P S. that the other linear space axioms hold is a straightforward consequence of the general properties of the operations of function sum and function multiplication by a scalar. A final remark concerning the other axioms. Similarly. it only needs to be proved that if deg P ≤ deg Q and deg R ≤ deg S. 555) The set of all real rational functions having numerator of degree not exceeding the degree of the denominator is a real linear space. 555) The set of all real valued functions which are defined on a fixed domain containing 0 and 1. and which achieve at 0 the double value they achieve at 1 is a real linear space.

some increasing (n + 1)-tuple (τ s )s∈{0}∪n of elements of [0. (Js )s∈n are the partitions of (0. however. τ s ] Then. some (m + 1)-tuple (γ r )r∈{0}∪m of real numbers. and which have value at 1 which exceeds the value at 0 by 1. 6 (p. 1]. for any two real numbers α and β. αf + βg = (αγ 0 + βδ 0 ) χ{0} + ∗ (r ∈ m) (s ∈ n) X (αγ r + βδ s ) χKrs (r. Then (αf + βg) (1) = αf (1) + βg (1) = α [1 + f (0)] + β [1 + g (0)] = α + β + αf (0) + βg (0) = α + β + (αf + βg) (0) 6= 1 + (αf + βg) (0) and the two closure axioms fail to hold (the above shows.5. f ≡ γ 0 χ{0} + X γ r χIr g ≡ δ 0 χ{0} + X s∈n δ s χJs r∈m where for each subset C of [0.Exercises 97 15.5.5 n. 1] with τ 0 = 0 and τ m = 1. and some n-tuple (δ s )s∈{0}∪n of real numbers∗ .6 n. σ r ] Js ≡ (τ s−1 . 5 (p. 555) The set of all real valued step functions which are defined on [0. that the set in question is an affine subspace of the real linear space). χC is the characteristic function of C ¿ 1 if x ∈ C χC ≡ x 7→ 0 if x ∈ C / and (Ir )r∈m. 1] with σ 0 = 0 and σ m = 1. (τ s )s∈{0}∪n Ir ≡ (σ r−1 . 1] associated to (σ r )r∈{0}∪m . Indeed. and existence of negatives f (1) = 1 + f (0) ⇒ (−f) (1) = −1 + (−f) (0) 6= 1 + (−f ) (0) 15. let f and g be any two such functions. so that for some nonnegative integers m and n. This is necessary in order to allow for “point steps”.s)∈m×n I am using here the following slight abuse of notation for degenerate intervals: (σ. Indeed. some increasing (m + 1)-tuple (σ r )r∈{0}∪m of elements of [0. . 1] is a real linear space. The other failing axioms are: existence of the zero element (the identically null function has the same value at 0 and at 1). σ] ≡ {σ}. let α and β be any two real numbers such that α + β 6= 1. 555) The set of all real valued functions which are defined on a fixed domain containing 0 and 1. is not a real linear space.

555) The set of all real valued functions which are defined on R and convergent to 0 at +∞ is a real linear space.5. σr−1 = τ s−1 and ασr + βτ s = ασr−1 + βτ s−1 . It may be noticed independently that the identically null function [0. with just one step (m = 1. Indeed. s) ∈ m × n. Thus. at any x0 ∈ R∪{−∞}). The axiom of existence of the zero element holds or fails. 1] 7→ R. for that matter. for some (r. 15. 1] → R.9 n. is a real linear space. depending on whether monotonicity is meant in the weak or in the strict sense. The axiom of existence of negatives fails. 555) The set of all real valued functions which are defined and integrable on [0.8 n. Final remark concerning the other linear space axioms. for any two such functions f and g. for that matter. usual remark concenrning the other linear space axioms applies. for every two such functions f and g. 1]. Thus the closure axioms hold. because the function αf is decreasing if f is increasing and α is a negative real number. 7 (p. The first closure axiom holds.98 Linear spaces where (Krs )(r. since the identically null function is weakly increasing (and. and for any two real numbers α and β. 555) The set of all real valued and increasing functions of a real variable is not a real linear space. x 7→ 0 indeed converges to 0 at +∞ (and. All the other linear space axioms hold. with the integral over [0.5. as in the previous examples. 1].7 n. in the former case. by classical theorems in the theory of limits. and that the opposite of a step function is a step function too. Indeed. 11 (p. and a final. however. The second closure axiom does not hold. weakly decreasing too. and any two real numbers α and β. 7 γ 0 = γ 1 = 0). 15. the set of all real valued and (weakly) increasing functions of a real variable is a convex cone. x→+∞ lim (αf + βg) (x) = α lim f (x) + β lim g (x) x→+∞ x→+∞ = 0 so that the closure axioms hold. as every constant function) but not strictly increasing. s) ∈ m × n) which shows that αf + βg is a step function too. x 7→ 0 is indeed a step function. because the sum of two increasing functions is an increasing function too. Z 1 Z 1 Z 1 (αf + βg) (x) dx = α f (x) dx + β g (x) dx = 0 0 0 0 Some potential steps may “collapse” if. † . with no more† than m + n steps on [0. with the same number of steps.5. 1] equal to zero. 13 (p. It may also be noticed independently that the identically null function [0.s)∈m×n is the “meet” partition of (Ir )r∈m and (Js )s∈n Krs ≡ Ir ∩ Js ( (r. too. 15.

P (n−i)! : x 7→ n−j (n−i−j)! pi xn−j−i i=0 . The set of all real Taylor polynomials of degree less than or equal to n (including the zero polynomial) is a real linear space. 1]. with nonnegative integral over [0. (αf ) (x) dx > 0.Exercises 99 15. 555) The set of all real valued functions which are defined and integrable on [0. as a real function of a real variable). 16 (p. as it is. . is a convex cone. so that j! xj pi xn−i . : x 7→ n!p0 x + (n − 1)!p1 : x 7→ n!p0 P 0 (0) = pn−1 P 00 (0) = 2pn−2 .5.10 n. . The discussion of the above statement is a bit complicated by the fact that nothing is said concerning the point where our Taylor polynomials are to be centered.11 n. P (n−1) (0) = (n − 1)!p1 P (n) (0) = n!p0 n X i=0 n X f (j) (0) j=0 R1 (αf ) (x) dx < 0. 555) First solution. Z 1 (αf + βg) (x) dx = α R1 0 0 Z 1 f (x) dx + β 0 Z 1 0 g (x) dx ≥ 0 0 It is clear that if α < 0 and axioms 2 and 6 fail to hold. . 1]. This is immediate. If the center is taken to be 0. P (n−1) P (n) P : x 7→ n−1 (n − i) pi xn−1−i Pi=0 : x 7→ n−2 (n − i) (n − (i + 1)) pi xn−2−i i=0 . . which is already known to be a real linear space. then 15. . For any two such functions f and g. P (j) . At any rate. and any two nonnegative real numbers α and β. . . the issue is really easy: every polynomial is the Taylor polynomial centered at 0 of itself (considered. P (j) (0) = j!pn−j . if one takes the standard formula as a definition Taylorn (f ) at 0 ≡ x 7→ here are the computations. Let P : x 7→ Then P0 P 00 . if one thinks at the motivation for the definition of Taylor polynomials: best n-degree polynomial approximation of a given function. but not a linear space.5. since it coincides with the set of all real polynomials of degree less than or equal to n. . . . . 14 (p. .

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and hence
n X P (j) (0) j=0

j!

xj =

On the other hand, if the Taylor polynomials are meant to be centered at some x0 6= 0 Taylorn (f ) at x0 ≡ x 7→
n X f (j) (x0 ) j=0

n X j!pn−j j=0

j!

xj =

n X i=0

pi xn−i = P (x)

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(x − x0 )j

it must be shown by more lengthy arguments that for each polynomial P the following holds: n n X P (j) (x0 ) X (x − x0 )j = pi xn−i j! j=0 i=0 Second solution. The set of all real Taylor polynomials (centered at x0 ∈ R) of degree less than or equal to n (including the zero polynomial) is a real linear space. Indeed, let P and Q be any two such polynomials; that is, let f and g be two real functions of a real variable which are m and n times differentiable in x0 , and let P ≡ Taylorm (f ) at x0 , Q ≡ Taylorn (g) at x0 , that is, P : x 7→
m X f (i) (x0 ) i=0

i!

(x − x0 )

i

Q : x 7→

Suppose first that m = n. Then for any two real numbers α and β · (k) ¸¾ m X ½ · f (k) (x0 ) ¸ g (x0 ) +β (x − x0 )k αP + βQ = α k! k!
k=0 m X (αf + βg)(k) (x0 ) = (x − x0 )k k! k=0

n X g (j) (x0 ) j=0

j!

(x − x0 )j

= Taylorm (αf + βg) at x0
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Second, suppose (without loss of generality) that m > n. In this case, however, αP + βQ = k!
m X αf (k) (x0 ) (x − x0 ) + (x − x0 )k k! k k=n+1

a polynomial which can be legitimately considered the Taylor polynomial of degree n at x0 of the function αf + βg only if all the derivatives of g of order from n + 1 to m are null at x0 . This is certainly true if g itself a polynomial of degree n. In fact, this is true only in such a case, as it can be seen by repeated integration. It is hence necessary, in addition, to state and prove the result asserting that each Taylor polynomial of any degree and centered at any x0 ∈ R can be seen as the Taylor polynomial of itself.

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15.5.12 n. 17 (p. 555) The set S of all solutions of a linear second-order homogeneous differential equation where P and Q are given everywhere continuous real functions of a real variable, and (a, b) is some open interval to be determined together with the solution, is a real linear space. First of all, it must be noticed that S is nonempty, and that its elements are indeed real functions which are everywhere defined (that is, with (a, b) = R), due to the main existence and solution continuation theorems in the theory of differential equations. Second, the operator where RR is the set of all the real functions of a real variable, and D2 is the subset of RR of all the functions having a second derivative which is everywhere defined, is linear: ∀y ∈ D2 , ∀z ∈ D2 , ∀α ∈ R, ∀β ∈ R, L (αy + βz) = (αy + βz)00 + P (αy + βz)0 + Q (αy + βz) = α (y 00 + P y 0 + Qy) + β (z 00 + P z 0 + Qz) = αL (y) + βL (z) Third, D2 is a real linear space, since ∀y ∈ D2 , ∀z ∈ D2 , ∀α ∈ R, ∀β ∈ R, αy + βz ∈ D2 L : D2 → RR , y 7→ y 00 + P y 0 + Qy ∀x ∈ (a, b) , y 00 (x) + P (x) y 0 (x) + Q (x) y (x) = 0

by standard theorems on the derivative of a linear combination of differentiable functions, and the usual remark concerning the other linear space axioms. Finally, S = ker L is a linear subspace of D2 , by the following standard argument: and the usual remark. 15.5.13 n. 18 (p. 555) The set of all bounded real sequences is a real linear space. Indeed, for every two real sequences x ≡ (xn )n∈N and y ≡ (yn )n∈N and every two real numbers α and β, if x and y are bounded, so that for some positive numbers ε and η and for every n ∈ N the following holds: then the sequence αx + βy is also bounded, since for every n ∈ N Thus the closure axioms hold, and the usual remark concerning the other linear space axioms applies. |αxn + βyn | ≤ |α| |xn | + |β| |yn | < |α| ε + |β| η |xn | < ε |yn | < η L (y) = 0 ∧ L (z) = 0 ⇒ L (αy + βz) = αL (y) + βL (z) = 0

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15.5.14 n. 19 (p. 555) The set of all convergent real sequences is a real linear space. Indeed, for every two real sequences x ≡ (xn)n∈N and y ≡ (yn )n∈N and every two real numbers α and β, if x and y are convergent to x and y respectively, then the sequence αx + βy converges to αx + βy. Thus the closure axioms hold. Usual remark concerning the other linear space axioms. 15.5.15 n. 22 (p. 555) The set U of all elements of R3 with their third component equal to 0 is a real linear space. Indeed, by linear combination the third component remains equal to 0; U is the kernel of the linear function R3 → R, (x, y, z) 7→ z.

15.5.16 n. 23 (p. 555) The set W of all elements of R3 with their second or third component equal to 0 is not a linear subspace of R3 . For example, (0, 1, 0) and (0, 0, 1) are in the set, but their sum (0, 1, 1) is not. The second closure axiom and the existence of negatives axiom fail too. The other axioms hold. W is not even an affine subspace, nor it is convex; however, it is a cone. 15.5.17 n. 24 (p. 555) The set π of all elements of R3 with their second component which is equal to the third multiplied by 5 is a real linear space, being the kernel of the linear function R3 → R, (x, y, z) 7→ 5x − y.

15.5.18 n. 25 (p. 555) The set ` of all elements (x, y, z) of R3 such that 3x + 4y = 1 and z = 0 (the line through the point P ≡ (−1, 1, 0) with direction vector v ≡ (4, −3, 0)) is an affine subspace of R3 , hence a convex set, but not a linear subspace of R3 , hence not a linear space itself. Indeed, for any two triples (x, y, z) and (u, v, w) of R3 , and any two real numbers α and β  3x + 4y = 1   ½  z=0 3 (αx + βu) + 4 (αy + βv) = α + β ⇒ 3u + 4v = 1  z+w =0   w=0 Thus both closure axioms fail for `. Both existence axioms also fail, since neither the null triple, nor the opposite of any triple in `, belong to `. The associative and distributive laws have a defective status too, since they make sense in ` only under quite restrictive assumptions on the elements of R3 or the real numbers appearing in them.

15.5.19 n. 26 (p. 555) The set r of all elements (x, y, z) of R3 which are scalar multiples of (1, 2, 3) (the line through the origin having (1, 2, 3) as direction vector) is a real linear space. For any

2k. 1. y. and for any two real numbers α and β. 2. namely span {a. y.5. z) 7→ (2x − y. 0) + z (0. 0) . 2k. (x. It is immediate to check that every linear combination of linear combinations of a and b is again a linear combination of a and b. z) = y (0. z)0 and hence a real linear space. 3) belongs to r. 1) . A standard basis for it is {(0. 15.7 Dependent and independent sets in a linear space 15. 555) The subset of Rn of all the linear combinations of two given vectors a and b is a vector subspace of Rn .22 above). z) 7→ A (x. 0. 1 (p.1 Exercises n. 15.9 15.9. (0. the linear combination α (h. 3x − z). 1. 27 (p. and that for every real numbers y and z (0. y. its dimension is 2. 15. r is the kernel of the linear function R3 → R2 . S1 is the coordinate Y Z-plane.8 Bases and dimension 15. 28 (p.6 Subspaces of a linear space 15. 0. 3k) of r. 3k) = (αh + βk) (1. (x.21 n. y. 3h) + β (k. 1)}. It is clear that the two vectors are linearly independent.Subspaces of a linear space 103 two elements (h. b}. 555) The set of solutions of the linear homogenous system of equations A (x. 2h.5. y.20 n. 2h. z)0 = 0 is the kernel of the linear function R3 → R. 3h) and (k. 560) The set S1 of all elements of R3 with their first coordinate equal to 0 is a linear subspace of R3 (see exercise 5.

3 (p. 0. 1) does not. y. (1. 1) both belong to S6 . −1. 0) . 560) The set S3 of all elements of R3 with the coordinates summing up to 0 is a linear subspace of R3 (S3 is the plane through the origin and normal vector n ≡ (1. y. 1)). −1. 15.9. A basis for it is {d}.7 n. z) = x (1. z) = x (1. 0. −1. 1)). It is clear that the two vectors are linearly independent. its dimension is 2. 560) The set S6 of all elements of R3 with the first coordinate equal either to the second or to the third is not a linear subspace of R3 (S6 is the union of the plane S4 of exercise 4 and the plane containing the Y -axis and the bisectrix of the odd-numbered quadrants of the XZ-plane). For example. 1)}.9. 1) 15. 6 (p. y and z such that x + y = 0 (x. 0) both belong to S7 .2 n. It is clear that the two vectors are linearly independent. 1. For example. (0.9. 0) . 0) + z (0. 7 (p. 560) The set S2 of all elements of R3 with the first and second coordinate summing up to 0 is a linear subspace of R3 (S2 is the plane containing the Z-axis and the bisectrix of the even-numbered quadrants of the XY -plane). 1. A basis for it is {(1. (0. 0) . −1. (1.9. its dimension is 1. −1. z) = x (1. 1. 15. 0) and (1. y and z such that x + y + z = 0 (x.3 n. 0) + z (0. 1) 15.5 n. 4 (p. 0) and (1. 1)}. 0. A basis for it is {(1. 0. 0) + z (0. but their sum . 1. and that for every three real numbers x.9. 0. 1)}. −1. y and z such that x = y (x. 560) The set S4 of all elements of R3 with the first two coordinates equal is a linear subspace of R3 (S4 is the plane containing the Z-axis and the bisectrix of the odd-numbered quadrants of the XY -plane). 1. y. 1) 15.104 Linear spaces 15.9. and that for every three real numbers x.6 n. 1. its dimension is 2. but their sum (2. 560) The set S7 of all elements of R3 with the first and second coordinates having identical square is not a linear subspace of R3 (S7 is the union of the two planes containing the Z-axis and one of the bisectrices of the odd and even-numbered quadrants of the XY -plane). its dimension is 2. 2 (p.4 n. −1. It is clear that the two vectors are linearly independent. 560) The set S5 of all elements of R3 with all the coordinates equal is a linear subspace of R3 (S5 is the line through the origin and direction vector d ≡ (1. 5 (p. 1. A basis for it is {(1. (0. and that for every three real numbers x.

8 n. 0) . y. ∀ (u.Exercises 105 (2. z) is any element of S10 . 0. A base for it is {(0. then (x.9. 560) The set S11 of all polynomials of degree not exceeding n. It follows that dim S11 = n. S8 is an affine subspace of R3 . 11 (p. 9 (p. p. 0) or their semisum (1. w) ∈ R3 . However. y. 15.9. 0. If (x. . It is clear that any linear combination of polynomials in S11 takes value 0 at 0. 0) and Q ≡ (0. If P is any polynomial of degree not exceeding n. by the general principle of polynomial identity (which is more or less explicitly proved in example 6. 1. ∀α ∈ R (x + y = 1) ∧ (u + v = 1) ⇒ [(1 − α) x + αu] + [(1 − α) y + αv] = 1 15.9. since ∀ (x.1) h∈n then P belongs to S11 if and only if p0 = 0. a subspace of R3 of dimension 1. 560) The set S8 of all elements of R3 with the first and second coordinates summing up to 1 is not a linear subspace of R3 (S8 is the vertical plane containing the line through the points P ≡ (1. and hence a linear space.555. for every α 6= 1. z) ∈ R3 . −1)}. 560) See exercise 26. y. 15. a linear combination of B is the null polynomial. and it is not even convex. z) of R3 such that x+y+z = 0 x−y−z = 0 is a line containing the origin. S7 is not an affine subspace of R3 . y. 1. 10 (p. 1.558). and α (0. every polynomial belonging to S11 is a linear combination of B. 1. and it is even closed with respect to the external product (multiplication by arbitrary real numbers). p.9 n. if and only if all its coefficients are null. A basis for S11 is ª © B ≡ t 7→ th h∈n Indeed. −1) 15.11 n. α (1. z) = y (0. Moreover. S7 is a cone. 0) do not belong to S8 .9. 0. 8 (p.10 n. 0) do not. v. 560) The set S10 of all elements (x. 0. 0)) For example. X P : t 7→ p0 + ph th (15. and taking value 0 at 0 is a linear subspace of the set of all polynomials of degree not exceeding n.

13 n. then X R : t 7→ α1 − α1 t + αh+1 th+1 h∈n−1 .9.12 n.9. Indeed. 560) The set S14 of all polynomials of degree not exceeding n.1) belongs to S12 if and only if p1 = 0. is a linear subspace of the set of all polynomials of degree not exceeding n. A polynomial P as in (15. 560) The set S12 of all polynomials of degree not exceeding n. A polynomial P as in (15. (αP + βQ) (0) + (αP + βQ)0 (1) = αP (0) + βQ (0) + αP 0 (0) + βQ0 (0) = α [P (0) + P 0 (0)] + β [Q (0) + Q0 (0)] = α·0+β·0 A basis for S14 is n o ¡ ¢ h+1 B ≡ t 7→ 1 − t. if α is the n-tuple of coefficients of a linear combination R of B. (t 7→ 1) h∈n−1 That B is a basis can be seen as in the previous exercise. A basis for S is n¡ o ¢ B ≡ t 7→ th+2 h∈n−2 . A basis for S is n¡ o ¢ h+1 B ≡ t 7→ t . (t 7→ 1) . is a linear subspace of the set of all polynomials of degree not exceeding n. with first derivative taking value at 0 which is the opposite of the polynomial value at 0. Thus dim S13 = n. and any two real numbers α and β. This is proved exactly as in the previous exercise (just replace 0 with 00 ).1) belongs to S14 if and only if p0 + p1 = 0. for any two suach polynomials P and Q. 13 (p.1) belongs to S13 if and only if p2 = 0. 12 (p.106 Linear spaces 15. with first derivative taking value 0 at 0. with second derivative taking value 0 at 0. 560) The set S13 of all polynomials of degree not exceeding n. is a linear subspace of the set of all polynomials of degree not exceeding n. Thus dim S12 = n.9. (t 7→ t) That B is a basis can be seen as in the exercise 11. 14 (p. 15. and α and β are any two real numbers. t 7→ t h∈n−1 Indeed. 15.14 n. If P and Q are any two polynomials in S. (αP + βQ)0 (0) = αP 0 (0) + βQ0 (0) = α · 0 + β · 0 = 0 A polynomial P as in (15.

and hence that dim S = n. t 7→ (1 − t) th h∈n−1 that is. 560) The set S15 of all polynomials of degree not exceeding n. the combination must be the trivial one.Exercises 107 By the general principle of polynomial identity. This can be seen exactly as in exercise 3.555. since by the position α1 = p0 = −p1 αh+1 = ph+1 (h ∈ n − 1) the linear combination of B with α as n-tuple of coefficients is equal to P . If P is any polynomial such that p0 + p1 = 0. p. This can be seen exactly as in exercise 3. and taking the same value at 0 and at 2 is a linear subspace of the set of all polynomials of degree not exceeding n.16 n. 16 (p.9.9. 15. A polynomial P belongs to S16 if and only if X p0 = p0 + 2h ph h∈n n o ¡ ¢ B ≡ (t 7→ 1) . if and only if X h∈n ph = 0 A basis for S15 is and the dimension of S15 is n. and taking the same value at 0 and at 1 is a linear subspace of the set of all polynomials of degree not exceeding n.15 n. and hence a linear space.555. 15 (p. A polynomial P belongs to S15 if and only if X p0 = p0 + ph h∈n that is. P belongs to span B. if and only if X h∈n 2h ph = 0 . It follows that B is a basis of S14 . 15. 560) The set S16 of all polynomials of degree not exceeding n. the n-tuple α of coefficients of any linear combination of B spanning the null vector must satisfy the conditions α1 = 0 αh+1 = 0 (h ∈ n − 1) that is. p. and hence a linear space.

since S ⊆ lin S always. R → R. (0. R → R. Conversely. 0)} L (S) = L (T ) = R2 L (S ∩ T ) = {(x.18 (a) Let n. and hence lin S ⊆ S. Then S ∩ T = {(1. it follows that S = lin S. (g) Let V ≡ R2 . and it contains S. 22 (p. ∃a ≡ (αi )i∈n ∈ F n .108 Linear spaces A basis for S16 is n o ¡ ¢ B ≡ (t 7→ 1) . 1)}. R → R. and hence S ∩ T = lin S ∩ lin T Since the intersection of any family of subspaces is a subspace. (c) If S = lin S. T ≡ {(1. 1)}. S ≡ {(1.9. 560) f g h 0 : : : : R → R.9. (e) If S and T are subspaces of V . 560) (b) It has alredy been shown in the notes that \ lin S ≡ W W subspace of V S⊆W = ( v : ∃n ∈ N. t 7→ (2 − t) th h∈n−1 and the dimension of S16 is n. w) ∈ R3 be such that uf + vg + wh = 0 . y) : y = 0} 15. then of course S is a subspace of V because lin S is so. 0) . S ∩ T is a subspace of V . v. (1. 0) . then by point c above lin S = S and lin T = T . if S is a subspace of V . 15.17 n. 23 (p. v = X i∈n αi ui ) hence if T is a subspace. then T contains lin S. then S is one among the subspaces appearing in the definition of lin S. x 7→ 1 x 7→ eax x 7→ ebx x 7→ 0 and let (u. ∃u ≡ (ui )i∈n ∈ V n .

It immediately follows from the above lemma (and from the assumption a 6= b) that if either a = 0 or b = 0. v. 0) be such that uf + vg is the null function. g) is linearly dependent if and only if g is constant. v. then g = f . For any function g : X → R. too. v) ∈ R2 ∼ (0.Exercises 109 In particular. Thus if either a or b is null then (f. system (15. if (f. 0. Conversely. similarly. If a = 0. we have u+v+w = 0 u + ea v + eb w = 0 u + e2a v + e2b w = 0 The determinant of the ¯ ¯ 1 1 ¯ ¯ 1 ea ¯ ¯ 1 e2a coefficient matrix of the above system is ¯ ¯ ¯ ¯ 1 ¯ 1 ¯ 1 1 ¯ ¯ ¯ eb ¯ = ¯ 0 ea − 1 eb − 1 ¯ ¯ ¯ ¯ ¯ 0 e2a − 1 e2b − 1 ¯ e2b ¯ ¡ ¢£ ¤ = (ea − 1) eb − 1 eb + 1 − (ea + 1) ¡ ¢¡ ¢ = (ea − 1) eb − 1 eb − ea (15.2) has only the trivial solution. If none of them is null. let Im f ≡ {yf } and Im g ≡ {yg }. g. Then u ∀x ∈ X. and dim lin {f. the couple (f. the triple (f. −1). Thus ∀x ∈ X. w) ≡ (1. respectively). x = 1. 0) or (u. g. −1. and x = 2. let (u. for x = 0. g. w) ≡ (1. h) is linearly dependent (it suffices to take (u. g (x) = − yf v and g is constant. g) is linearly dependent. yf 6= 0. at most one of the two numbers can be equal to zero. Proof. if b = 0. g. Then the function yg f − yf g is the null function. (b) The two functions f : x 7→ eax g : x 7→ xeax . h) is linearly independent. too. uyf + vg (x) = 0 Since f is nonnull. If g is constant. h} = 3. then dim lin {f. h} = 2. and let f : X → R be a nonnull constant function. It is convenient to state and prove the following (very) simple Lemma 4 Let X be a set containing at least two distinct elements.2) Since by assumption a 6= b. This yields v=0⇒u=0 and hence v 6= 0. then h = f .

since [∀x ∈ R. The triple (f. √ α 2 sin x + √ β 2 cos x = 0 2 2 α +β α +β m ∀x ∈ R. let (u. g. ∀x ∈ R. 0. h) is linearly independent. and x = −1. g. and dim lin {f. yielding (u. w) = (0. g. (α + βx) = 0] ⇔ α=β=0 Notice that the argument holds even in the case a = 0. sin (γ + x) = 0 . x = 1. for every two real numbers α and β which are not both null. h} = 3. (α + βx) eax = 0] ⇔ [∀x ∈ R. (c) Arguing as in point a. so that dim lin {f. Thus dim lin {f. αex + βxeax = 0] ⇔ [∀x ∈ R. if a = 0 then f = g and h = IdR . v. we have u+v+w = 0 u + ea v + ea w = 0 u + e−a v − e−a w = 0 a homogeneous system of equations whose coefficient matrix has determinant ¯ ¯ ¯ ¯ ¯ 1 1 ¯ 1 ¯ 1 ¯ 1 1 ¯ ¯ ¯ ¯ a a a a ¯ 1 e e ¯ = ¯ 0 e −1 e −1 ¯ ¯ ¯ ¯ ¯ ¯ 1 e−a −e−a ¯ ¯ 0 e−a − 1 −e−a − 1 ¯ ¡ ¢ = − (ea − 1) e−a + 1 + e−a − 1 = 2e−a (1 − ea ) Thus if a 6= 0 the above determinant is different from zero. α sin x + β cos x = 0 m ∀x ∈ R. h} = 2. 0).110 Linear spaces are linearly independent. (f) The two functions f : x 7→ sin x g : x 7→ cos x (15. w) ∈ R3 be such that uf + vg + wh = 0 where f : x 7→ 1 g : x 7→ eax h : x 7→ xeax In particular. for x = 0. On the other hand. g} = 2.3) are linearly independent. Indeed. v.

h} = 2. 7 (h) From the trigonometric addition formulas ∀x ∈ R cos 2x = cos2 x − sin2 x = 1 − 2 sin2 x Let then f : x 7→ 1 g : x 7→ cos x The triple (f. dim lin {f. g. Euclidean spaces. Norms 111 where α α2 + β 2 γ ≡ sign β arccos p since the sin function is not identically null. since g : x 7→ sin2 x f − g + 2h = 0 By the lemma discussed at point a. h) is linearly dependent. Norms 15. 15. x → cos x} = 2.Inner products.11 Orthogonality in a euclidean space . Thus dim lin {x 7→ sin x. Euclidean spaces.10 Inner products. g. the last condition cannot hold.

567) hu1 .12.12 15. u1 i = ku1 k2 = ku2 k2 = ku3 k2 = 1 cos u2 u3 = q q = [ 2 2 8 3 3 ¯1 t2 ¯ 1 1 t dt = ¯ = − = 0 ¯ 2 −1 2 2 −1 ¯1 µ ¶ Z 1 t3 ¯ 2 ¯ = 1 − −1 = 2 t + t dt = 0 + ¯ 3 −1 3 3 3 −1 Z 1 1 + t dt = t|1 + 0 = 1 − (−1) = 2 −1 −1 Z 1 √ 1 dt = 2 ku1 k = 2 −1 r Z 1 2 2 ku2 k = t2 dt = 3 3 −1 r Z 1 2 8 1 + 2t + t2 dt = 2 + ku3 k = 3 3 −1 Z 1 2 3 π u2 u3 = [ 3 √ 2 3 cos u1 u3 = √ q = [ 2 2 8 3 π u1 u3 = [ 6 15. u3 i = hu3 .1 Exercises n. u2 i = hu2 . 11 (p.12.112 Linear spaces 15. 9 (p. 567) (a) Let for each n ∈ N In ≡ Then Z +∞ −t Z +∞ e−t tn dt 0 I0 = = x→+∞ = 1 e dt = lim e−t dt x→+∞ 0 0 ¯ −t ¯x lim −e 0 = lim − e−x + 1 x→+∞ Z x .2 n.

Then the product f g is a real polynomial of degree m + n. since for each n ∈ N lim e−x xn = 0 x→+∞ It follows that ∀n ∈ N. of degree m and n respectively. containing for each k ∈ m + n a monomial of degree k of the form αi ti β j tj = αi β j ti+j whenever i + j = k. for each n ∈ N.Exercises 113 and. Thus   f g = α0 β 0 + k∈m+n X  X   αi β j  tk   i∈m. Let now X i∈m In = n! f : t 7→ α 0 + αi ti g : t 7→ β 0 + X i∈n β j tj be two real polynomials. In+1 = e t dt = lim e−t tn+1 dt x→+∞ 0 0 ½ ¾ Z x ¯ −t n+1 ¯x −t n = lim −e t + (n + 1) e t dt 0 x→+∞ 0 ½Z x ¾ © −x n+1 ª −t n = lim −e x − 0 + (n + 1) lim e t dt x→+∞ x→+∞ 0 Z +∞ = 0 + (n + 1) e−t tn dt 0 Z +∞ −t n+1 Z x = (n + 1) In The integral involved in the definition of In is always convergent. j∈n i+j=k .

114 Linear spaces and the scalar product of f and g is results in the sum of m + n + 1 converging integrals     Z +∞ X  X     hf. xn i = Z +∞ e−t tm tn dt 0 = Im+n = (m + n)! (c) If f : t 7→ (t + 1)2 then t 7→ t4 + 2t3 + 2t2 + 2t + 1 Z +∞ ¡ ¢ hf. j∈n i+j=k  i∈m. gi = e−t α0 β 0 + αi β j  tk  dt     0 k∈m+n = α0 β 0 Z +∞ 0 Z X  X   e dt + αi β j    −t k∈m+n  i∈m. j∈n i+j=k  (b) If for each n ∈ N xn : t 7→ tn then for each m ∈ N and each n ∈ N hxm . j∈n i+j=k 0  = α0 β 0 + k∈m+n X  X   αi β j  k!   i∈m. gi = e−t t4 + 2t3 + 2t2 + 2t + 1 dt fg : 0 g : t 7→ t2 + 1 = I4 + 2I3 + 2I2 + 2I1 + I0 = 4! + 2 · 3! + 2 · 2! + 2 · 1! + 1 = 43 . j∈n i+j=k  +∞ e−t tk dt = α0 β 0 I0 + k∈m+n X  X   αi β j  Ik    i∈m.

13 Construction of orthogonal sets.16. The Gram-Schmidt process 115 (d) If f : t 7→ t + 1 then f g : t 7→ αt2 + (α + β) t + β hf. the set of all polynomials of degree less than or equal to 1 which are orthogonal to f is P1 ∩ perp {f } = {gγ : t 7→ 2γt − 3γ}γ∈R 15. gi = 0 ⇔ (α. x) .14 Orthogonal complements. A unit vector in π is given by v≡ 1 (2. gi = αI2 + (α + β) I1 + βI0 = 3α + 2β and hf. 576) (a) By direct inspection of the coordinates of the three given vectors. β) = (2γ. x3 } = 2. 1 (p. x2 . lin {x1 . −3γ) (γ ∈ R) g : t 7→ αt + β that is. The Gram-Schmidt process 15.15 Best approximation of elements in a euclidean space by elements in a finite-dimensional subspace 15.Construction of orthogonal sets. −4x. x3 } = π and dim lin {x1 .1 n. it is seen that they all belong to the plane π of equation x−z = 0. 2) 3 Every vector belonging to the line π ∩ perp {v} must have the form (x. x2 . projections 15.16 Exercises 15. 1. Since no two of them are parallel.

Thus a second unit vector which together with v spans π. 576) (a) First solution. −1. it suffices to realize that © ª lin {x1 . 0. t) ∈ R4 : x − y + z − t = 0 √ 2 u≡ (1. 1. x2 . 0 6 = q2 2 = (−1. 1. x3 . 2 (p. to directly exhibit two mutually orthogonal unit vectors in lin {x1 . The following vectors form an orthonormal one: √ x1 2 = (1. y1 i y1 k °(0. 0) 6 1 + 1 +1 4 4 √ √ 2 2 2 2 √ √ 2 2 2 2 (1. and three vectors are required for any basis of W .116 Linear spaces √ with norm 3 2 |x|. 1) − 0 − 2 66 66 (−1. x3 . 1) 2 x3 − hx3 . 0) ° ° √ √ ° ° °(0. 1) − 0 − 2 66 66 (−1. −1) as normal vector. More easily. y2 i y2 = ≡ kx3 − hx3 . y1 i y1 − − hx3 . 1. −4.0 ≡ (x.16. 1. 1. 2. x3 } is {v. 15. 1. 1. x4 } = 3. x2 . −3. 1. 0. 1. with (1. 0. x2 . x4 } = H(1. 3) 6 1 + 1 + 1 +1 9 9 9 (0. 0) ° ° (1. x3 . 1. y1 i y1 − − hx3 . 3. 1. y2 i y2 k ¡1 1 1 ¢ √ . 1 3 = q3 = (1. 1. 0) y1 ≡ kx1 k 2 y2 (0.−1. x2 . y. 0)° √ √ is the hyperplane of R4 through the origin.−1). x4 } . and which is orthogonal to v. 0) − ¢ ¡ 1 1 √ − . z. 2.2 n. 2. 0)° y3 Second solution. 1.1. x2 } / 0 = x1 − x2 + x3 − x4 Thus dim W ≡ dim lin {x1 . It is easily checked that x2 ∈ lin {x1 } / x3 ∈ lin {x1 . 0. 1. 1. . 0) 2 √ 2 v≡ (0. is √ 2 w≡ (1. y1 i y1 ≡ =° ° kx2 − hx2 . 1. 0. 0. −1. 0) − x2 − hx2 . 0. 1) 6 The required orthonormal basis for lin {x1 . 1. (b) The answer is identical to the one just given for case a. w}.

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It remains to find a unit vector in H(1,−1,1,−1),0 ∩ perp {u, v}. The following equations characterize H(1,−1,1,−1),0 ∩ perp {u, v}: x−y+z−t = 0 x+y = 0 z+t = 0 yielding (by addition) 2 (x + z) = 0, and hence 1 1 (1, −1, −1, 1) or w ≡ − (1, −1, −1, 1) 2 2 Thus an orthonormal basis for lin {x1 , x2 , x3 , x4 } is {u, v, w}. (b) It is easily checked that w≡ x2 ∈ lin {x1 } / 0 = 2x1 − x2 − x3 Thus dim W ≡ dim lin {x1 , x2 , x3 } = 2, and two vectors are required for any basis of W . The following vectors form an orthonormal one: √ x1 3 y1 ≡ = (1, 1, 0, 1) kx1 k 3 y2 (1, 0, 2, 1) − 2 33 33 (1, 1, 0, 1) x2 − hx2 , y1 i y1 ° =° ≡ √ √ ° ° kx2 − hx2 , y1 i y1 k °(0, 1, 1, 0) − 2 33 33 (1, 1, 0, 1)° ¡1 2 ¢ √ , − 3 , 2, 1 42 3 = q3 (1, −2, 6, 1) = 42 1 + 4 +4+ 1 9 9 9 Z
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Let

1 1 1 √ √ dt = π = 1 π π π 0 r Z πr Z 2 2 2 π hyn , yn i = cos2 nt dt cos nt cos nt dt = π π π 0 0 hy0 , y0 i = In ≡ Z
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Thus π 2 hyn , yn i = 1 In = and every function yn has norm equal to one. To check mutual orthogonality, let us compute ¯π Z π 1 sin nt ¯ 1 ¯ =0 √ cos nt dt = √ hy0 , yn i = π π n ¯0 0 Z π hym , yn i = cos mt cos nt dt 0 ¯ Z π sin nt ¯π sin nt ¯ − = cos mt −m sin mt dt ¯ n 0 n 0 Z m π sin mt sin nt dt = n 0 µ ¶¯π µ ¶ Z π m cos nt ¯ cos nt ¯ −m = sin mt − dt m cos mt − ¯ n n n 0 n 0 ³ m ´2 = hym , yn i n ¡ ¢2 Since m and n are distinct positive integers, m is different from 1, and the equation n ³ m ´2 hym , yn i = hym , yn i n

can hold only if hym , yn i = 0. That the set {yn }+∞ generates the same space generated by the set {xn }+∞ n=0 n=0 is trivial, since, for each n, yn is a multiple of xn . 15.16.4 n. 4 (p. 576) We have Z 1 hy0 , y0 i = 1dt = 1 0 Ã ¯1 ! Z 1 ¯ ¡ 2 ¢ 4 3 hy1 , y1 i = 3 4t − 4t + 1 dt = 3 t − 2t2 + t¯ ¯ 3 0 0 = 1 Z 1 ¡ ¢ hy2 , y2 i = 5 36t4 − 72t3 + 48t2 − 12t + 1 dt 0 Ã ¯1 ! ¯ 36 5 = 5 t − 18t4 + 16t3 − 6t2 + t¯ ¯ 5 0 = 1

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which proves that the three given functions are unit vectors with respect to the given inner product. Moreover, Z 1√ √ ³ ¯1 ´ hy0 , y1 i = 3 (2t − 1) dt = 3 t2 − t¯0 = 0 0 Z 1√ √ ³ ¯1 ´ ¡ ¢ hy0 , y2 i = 5 6t2 − 6t + 1 dt = 5 2t3 − 3t2 + t¯0 = 0 Z0 1 √ ¡ ¢ hy1 , y2 i = 15 12t3 − 18t2 + 8t − 1 dt 0 √ ³ 4 ¯1 ´ 3 2 15 3t − 6t + 4t − t¯0 = 0 = which proves that the three given functions are mutually orthogonal. Thus {y1 , y2 , y3 } is an orthonormal set, and hence linearly independent. Finally, Ã √ √ ! √ √ 1 3 5 3 5 y1 y1 + y1 + y2 x0 = y0 x1 = y0 + x2 = 1 − 2 2 30 3 30 which proves that lin {y1 , y2 , y3 } = lin {x1 , x2 , x3 }

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2 Null space and range 16. . y) + β (u. and hence rank T = 2 nullity T = 0 T is the orthogonal symmetry with respect to the bisectrix r of the first and third quadrant. for every α ∈ R. αy + βv)] (αy + βv.3 Nullity and rank 16. y) ∈ R2 . x) + β (v. 1 (p. v) ∈ R2 . which is (x + y. y)]. 582) T is linear.4. and the midpoint of [(x. x + y). for every (u. v)] = = = = T [(αx + βu.1 Linear transformations 16. αx + βu) α (y. y) ∈ R2 . the range of T is R2 . y) is orthogonal to r.4 16. u) αT [(x. 0)}. for every β ∈ R. T (x. y)] + βT [(u. y) − (x. T (x. since for every (x. v)] The null space of T is the trivial subspace {(0. T [α (x. for every (x.Chapter 16 LINEAR TRANSFORMATIONS AND MATRICES 16. lies on r. y) .1 Exercises n. since.

4. v)] = = = = T [(αx + βu. since for every (x. 0) αT [(x. v)] The null space of T is the Y -axis. and for every β ∈ R.2 n. y) ∈ R2 . x) + β (u.122 Linear transformations and matrices 16. 582) T is linear. 0)}. for every α ∈ R. y) + β (u.4. u) αT [(x. αy + βv)] (αy + βv. 16. y)] + βT [(u. for every α ∈ R. v) ∈ R2 . the range of T is the X-axis. v)] = = = = T [(αx + βu. 2 (p. the range of T is R2 . u) αT [(x. v)] The null space of T is the trivial subspace {(0. and hence rank T = 2 nullity T = 0 T is the orthogonal symmetry with respect to the X-axis. for every (u. 0) α (x. y)] + βT [(u. y) ∈ R2 . 0) + β (u. v) ∈ R2 . for every (u. y)] + βT [(u. since for every (x. v)] The null space of T is the Y -axis.4. y) ∈ R2 . for every α ∈ R. 3 (p. and for every β ∈ R. T [α (x. for every (u. 4 (p. αx + βu) α (x. 582) T is linear. y) + β (u.4 n. and hence rank T = 1 nullity T = 1 T is the orthogonal projection on the X-axis. αy + βv)] (αx + βu. and for every β ∈ R. 16. y) + β (u. T [α (x. x) + β (v. and hence rank T = nullity T = 1 . v)] = = = = T [(αx + βu. since for every (x. 582) T is linear . αx + βu) α (y. T [α (x. αy + βv)] (αx + βu. v) ∈ R2 .3 n. the range of T is the bisectrix of the I and III quadrant.

Indeed. αy + βv + α + β) . y + 1) + β (u + 1. for every α ∈ R. T [α (x. 0) = x2 + u2 . y) ∈ R2 . v) ∈ R2 . v) ∈ R2 . v + 1) (αx + βu + α + β. y) + β (u. since.4. (ey )α · (ev )β αT [(x. 6 (p. y) ∈ R2 . 582) T [(αx + βu. 1 + e) 16. 582) T is not an affine function. indeed. 0) + T (u. for every (u. 1) (αx + βu. 582) T is not linear. when x = y = 0 and u = v = α = β = 1. 16. but it is not linear. but not linear.4. T [(0. eαy+βv i h = (ex )α · (eu )β . 8 (p. 1) + β (u. 0) + (1.g. αy + βv)] ¡ ¢ = eαx+βu . y)] + βT [(u. for x and u both different from 0. 582) ¢ ¡ T (x + u. y) + β (u. T [α (x. αy + βv)] (αx + βu + 1. for every (u. v)] = T [(αx + βu. e) T [(0. αy + βv)] (αx + βu. v)] = = αT [(x. v)] = = αT [(x. 0 T is not a linear function. ey ) + β (eu . e. for every β ∈ R. for every α ∈ R.8 n. y) ∈ R2 . T [α (x.6 n.5 n. y)] + βT [(u. and for every β ∈ R. 7 (p..4. α + β) T is affine. and for every β ∈ R. αy + βv + 1) α (x + 1. ev ) = (αex + βeu .g. 1)] = (e. y) + β (u. v) ∈ R2 . v)] = α (ex . for every (u. 5 (p. for every (x..Exercises 123 16. v)] = = T [(αx + βu. for every (x. v)] = = 16.7 n. 0) = x2 + 2xy + u2 . for every α ∈ R. for every (x.4. αey + βev ) so that. 1) α (x. y)] + βT [(u. 1)] = (1 + e. indeed. 0 ¡ ¢ T (x. e. 0)] + T [(1.

0)}. x + y) + β (2u − v. 10 (p.10 n. (αx + βu) + (αy + βv)) α (2x − y. v) ∈ R2 . 582) T is linear.4. for every α ∈ R. T [α (x. since for every (x. u + v) αT [(x. the range of T is R2 . v)] The null space of T is the trivial subspace {(0.124 Linear transformations and matrices 16. and for every β ∈ R. 16.9 n. αy + βv)] (αx + βu − αy − βv. y) + β (u. since for every (x. 582) T is linear. the range of T is R2 . u + v) αT [(x. for every α ∈ R. for every (u. x + y) + β (u − v. for every (u. y) ∈ R2 . y) ∈ R2 . v)] = = = = T [(αx + βu. and hence rank T = 2 The matrix representing T is A ≡ 1 −1 1 1 ¸· · √ 2 √ 0 cos = sin 0 2 · ¸ √ = 2 " √ √ 2 − 22 2 √ √ 2 2 2 2 π − sin π 4 4 π cos π 4 4 nullity T = 0 # ¸ Thus T is the composition of a counterclockwise rotation by an angle of π with a 4 √ homothety of modulus 2. v) ∈ R2 .4. y) + β (u. and for every β ∈ R. and hence rank T = 2 The matrix representing T is A≡ the characteristic polynomial of A is λ2 − 3λ + 3 · 2 −1 1 1 ¸ nullity T = 0 . 0)}. y)] + βT [(u. T [α (x. 9 (p. αx + βu + αy + βv) α (x − y. αy + βv)] (2 (αx + βu) − (αy + βv) . v)] The null space of T is the trivial subspace {(0. v)] = = = = T [(αx + βu. y)] + βT [(u.

αx + βu) α (z. Re z} = . for every α ∈ R.Exercises 125 and the eigenvalues of A are √ 3 + 3i λ1 ≡ 2 An eigenvector associated to λ1 is µ z≡ √ 3 − 3i λ2 ≡ 2 2 √ 1 − 3i ¶ The matrix representing T with respect to the basis ½µ ¶ µ ¶¾ 0 2 √ {Im z. x) + β (w. since for every (x. αy + βv. w)] = = = = rank T = 3 T [(αx + βu. 0)}. αy + βv. v. 0) αT [(x. y.12 n. 582) T is linear. αy + βv. y. and hence 16. αz + βw)] (αz + βw. w) ∈ R3 . for every (u. z) ∈ R3 . z)] + βT [(u. u) αT [(x.4. 1 − 3 is B ≡ " 3 2 √ 3 2 − Thus T is the composition of a counterclockwise rotation by an angle of π with a 6 √ homothety of modulus 3. T [α (x. z)] + βT [(u. 0) α (x. since for every (x. 16 (p. the range of T is the XY -plane. y. w)] nark T = 0 · √ ¸· 3 √ 0 cos π − sin 6 = sin π cos π 3 0 6 6 √ 3 2 3 2 # √ = 3 " √ 3 2 1 2 −1 √2 3 2 ¸ π 6 # The null space of T is the trivial subspace {(0. y. z) + β (u. y. 16. y. w) ∈ R3 . the range of T is R3 . w)] nark T = 1 The null space of T is the Z-axis. v. T [α (x. y. w)] = = = = rank T = 2 T [(αx + βu. v. 17 (p. y. for every (u. z) ∈ R3 . 0) + β (u. v. v. z) + β (u.11 n. for every β ∈ R. v. αy + βv. for every β ∈ R. and hence . for every α ∈ R. v. 582) T is linear (as every projection on a coordinate hyperplane). αz + βw)] (αx + βu. v.4. 0.

y. β (u + v)] α (x. +)-orthant.13 n. f 0 (x) = 0} By an important though sometimes overlooked theorem in calculus. for every (u. v. 582) Let D1 (−1. z) ∈ R3 . 23 (p. of parametric equations x=t y = −t z = −t the range of T is the XZ-plane. α (x + y)] + [β (u + w) . z)] + βT [(u. +. for every α ∈ R. 0) ∪ (0. is differentiable in 0 as well. v. and hence rank T = 2 nark T = 1 16.126 Linear transformations and matrices 16. in which case x→0 f 0 (0) = lim f 0 (x) x→0 . 1). D1 be the linear space of all real functions of a real variable which are defined and everywhere differentiable on (−1. 0. αz + βw)] (αx + βu + αz + βw. −.4. w) αT [(x. 1) and continuous in 0. since for every (x. ¡ ¢ T (f + g) = x 7→ x [f + g]0 (x) = (x 7→ x [f 0 (x) + g 0 (x)]) = (x 7→ xf 0 (x) + xg 0 (x)) = (x 7→ xf 0 (x)) + (x 7→ +xg 0 (x)) = T (f ) + T (g) Moreover. 1) .1) . xf 0 (x) = 0} = {f ∈ D1 : ∀x ∈ (−1. ker T = {f ∈ D1 : ∀x ∈ (−1. If T : D1 → R(−1. −)-orthant and of the (−. every function f which is differentiable in (−1. y. y. provided lim f 0 (x) exists and is finite. 0. more shortly. w)] = = = = = T [(αx + βu. for every β ∈ R. z) + β (u. 582) T is linear. 1) . 0) ∪ (0. w)] The null space of T is the axis of central symmetry of the (+.4. 0. T [α (x. y. Indeed. v. f 7→ (x 7→ xf 0 (x)) then T is a linear operator. 25 (p. v.14 n. 1) or. αx + βu + αy + βv) [α (x + z) . z) + β (u. αy + βv. w) ∈ R3 .

g. αu (x) + βv (x) = 0 for each x ∈ R can only hold (by evaluating at x = 0) if α = 0.4. ∃ϑx ∈ (0.1) is a solution to equation (16.1) such that 0 (v (0) . v 0 (0)) = (0. y0 ) ∈ R2 . the function 0 y : x 7→ y0 u (x) + y0 v (x) ker T = {f ∈ D1 : f 0 = 0} L : D2 → RR . 0). If f belongs to ker T . Then for each (y0 . Thus ker L is the set of all solutions to the linear differential equation of the second order By the uniqueness theorem for Cauchy’s problems in the theory of differential equa0 tions. 1). that L is a linear operator. since ker L is a linear subspace of D2 . and let v be the solution to equation (16. all the restrictions to (−1. for each (y0 . u0 (0)) = (1. 27 (p. It follows that a basis of ker T is given by the constant function (x 7→ 1). let u be the solution to equation (16. 1)). y 00 (x) + P (x) y 0 (x) + Q (x) y (x) = 0 (16.1) such that (u (0) . 582) Let D2 be the linear space of all real functions of a real variable which are defined and everywhere differentiable on R. In other words. Moreover. indeed. the dimension of T (D1 ) is infinite. and nullity T = 1. 1) of the polynomials with vanishing zero-degree monomial.1) such 0 that y (0) = y0 and y 0 (0) = y0 . p. v} . Hence the function µ ¶ y (0) 2 ϕ : ker L → R . 1) . 1). y 7→ y 0 (0) is injective and surjective. y 7→ y 00 + P y 0 + Q ∀x ∈ R. ϕ−1 ((y0 . in such a case.555. y0 ) ∈ R2 there exists a unique solution to equation (16.Exercises 127 Thus (here 0 is the identically null function defined on (−1. ∀x ∈ (−1. y0 )).15 n.. If where P and Q are real functions of a real variable which are continuous on R. u and v are linearly independent. and by direct inspection it is seen that y (0) = y0 and 0 0 y 0 (0) = y0 . ker L = span {u. Thus nullity L = 2. by the classical theorem due to Lagrange. x) f (x) = f (0) + xf 0 (ϑx ) and hence f is constant on (−1. and Finally. and it is already known that the linear space of all polynomials has an infinite basis.1). since u (0) = 1 and v (0) = 0. from βv (x) = 0 for each x ∈ R and v 0 (0) = 1 it is easily deduced that β = 0 as well. e. 16. Since T (D1 ) contains. it has been shown in the solution to exercise 17.

y. since   x + 1 = x0 + 1 0 0 0 T (x. y 0 . 16 (p.7 One-to-one linear transformations 16. v. 15 (p. y . z) = T (x . since x = x0 y = y0 T (x. v.128 Linear transformations and matrices 16. y. 589) T is injective (or one to one). w) = (u − 1. v − 1. z 0 ) T (x. z) = (x0 . z 0 )  z − 1 = z0 − 1 T −1 (u. 2 3 16. . y. z ) ⇔ y + 1 = y 0 + 1 ⇔ (x. v. y. w + 1) . z ) ⇔  3z = 3z 0 ³ v w´ T −1 (u. w) = (u. z) = (x0 . 17 (p. y.2 n. 589) T is injective.8. since   x = x0 0 0 0 2y = 2y 0 ⇔ (x. z) = (x0 . z) = T (x . w) = u.3 n. z ) ⇔ ⇔ (x. 589) T is injective.8.1 n. v.8.5 Algebraic operations on linear transformations 16. y 0 . y. y 0 .8 Exercises 16. y . z 0 )  x + y + z = x0 + y 0 + z 0 0 0 0   T −1 (u. z) = T (x . y .6 Inverses 16. w − u − v) 16.

27 (p. 596) (a) Since T (i) = i + j and T (j) = 2i − j..12. and ker T D is the set of all constant polynomials.12 Exercises 16. 590) p = x 7→ p0 + p1 x + p2 x2 + · · · + pn−1 xn−1 + pn xn · Z x 0 DT (p) = D [T (p)] = D x 7→ = x 7→ p (x) ¸ p (t) dt the last equality being a consequence of the fundamental theorem of integral calculus. Im T D is equal to W . 3 (p. £ ¤ T D (p) = T [D (p)] = T x 7→ p1 + 2p2 x + · · · (n − 1) pn−1 xn−2 + npn xn−1 Z x = x→ 7 p1 + 2p2 t + · · · (n − 1) pn−1 tn−2 + npn tn−1 dt 0 ¯x = x 7→ p1 t + p2 t2 + · · · pn−1 tn−1 + pn tn ¯0 = x 7→ p1 x + p2 x2 + · · · pn−1 xn−1 + pn xn = p − p0 Thus T D acts as the identity map only on the subspace W of V containing all polynomials having the zero degree monomial (p0 ) equal to zero. 16. i.9 Linear transformations with prescribed values 16.Linear transformations with prescribed values 129 16.1 n.4 Let n.8. zero-degree polynomials.11 Construction of a matrix representation in diagonal form 16. T (3i − 4j) = = 2 T (3i − 4j) = = 3T (i) − 4T (j) = 3 (i + j) − 4 (2i − j) −5i + 7j T (−5i + 7j) = −5T (i) + 7T (j) −5 (i + j) + 7 (2i − j) = 9i − 12j .e.10 Matrix representations of linear transformations 16.

e2 }. multiplication by P −1 ). Thus · ¸· ¸· ¸ 1 1 −3 1 2 1 3 −1 B = P AP = 1 −1 −1 1 4 1 1 · ¸· ¸ 1 −2 5 1 3 = 2 1 −1 1 4 · ¸ 1 −7 −1 = 1 7 4 Second solution (matrix for T ). to the basis {i. j}. δ) with respect to the basis {e1 . e2 } can be described as the combined effect of the following three actions: 1) coordinate change from coordinates w. The matrix B representing T with respect to the basis {e1 . j} to basis {e1 . 3) coordinate change from coordinates w. e2 } to basis {i. multiplication by matrix P ). on the other hand. j}.r. 2) transformation according to T as expressed by the matrix representing T w.r.r. If e1 = i − j and e2 = 3i + j. to the basis {i. e2 }. to the basis {i. e2 } into their coordinates (1. −1) and (3. β) and (γ. j} (that is. j} (that is. with respect to the basis {i. j} we have T (e1 ) = = T (e2 ) = = T (i − j) = T (i) − T (j) = (i + j) − (2i − j) −i + 2j T (3i + j) = 3T (i) + T (j) = 3 (i + j) + (2i − j) 5i + 2j . hence P is the matrix of coordinate change from basis {e1 . 0) and (0. e2 } into coordinates w. multiplication by A). e2 } (that is. to basis {e1 . j} into coordinates w. The operation of the matrix B representing T with respect to the basis {e1 .r. j} is · ¸ £ ¤ 1 2 A ≡ T (i) T (j) = 1 −1 and the matrix of T 2 with respect to the same basis is · ¸ 3 0 2 A ≡ 0 3 transforms the (canonical) coordinates (1. 1) with respect to the basis {i. Since. to basis {e1 . e2 } is £ ¤ B ≡ T (e1 ) T (e2 ) (c) First solution (matrix for T ). the matrix · ¸ £ ¤ 1 3 P ≡ e1 e2 = −1 1 provided T (e1 ) and T (e2 ) are meant as coordinate vectors (α. and P −1 is the matrix of coordinate change from basis {i.130 Linear transformations and matrices (b) The matrix of T with respect to the basis {i. 1) of e1 and e2 with respect to the basis {e1 .r.

to the Y -axis) (length doubling) Thus T may be represented by the matrix µ ¶ −2 0 AT ≡ 0 2 and hence T 2 by the matrix A2 T 16. y) (reflection w.Exercises 131 it suffices to find the {e1 .12. 7). j}-coordinates (−1.3 a) n. β) and (γ. respectively) αe1 + βe2 = −i + 2j γe1 + δe2 = 5i + 2j that is. y) 7→ (−2x.2 n. Thus we want to solve the two equation systems (in the unknowns (α. β) = 1 (−7. 2) and (5. P −1 DP = D for every scalar diagonal matrix D). since scalar diagonal matrices commute with every matrix of the same order. 596) ≡ µ 4 0 0 4 ¶ 7→ (−x. so that 4 4 1 B= 7 −7 −1 1 7 Continuation (matrix for T 2 ). 1) and (γ. Since T 2 is represented by a scalar diagonal matrix with respect to the initially given basis.r. δ) = 1 (−1. e2 }-coordinates (α.12. β) and (γ. 2). 4 (p. 5 (p. 2y) T (i + 2j + 3k) = T (k) + T (j + k) + T (i + j + k) = (2i + 3j + 5k) + i + (j − k) = 3i + 4j + 4k . δ) which correspond to the {i. δ). it is represented by the same matrix with respect to every basis (indeed. 16. ½ α + 3β = −1 −α + β = 2 · ½ γ + 3δ = 5 −γ + δ = 2 ¸ The (unique) solutions are (α. 596) T : (x.

T (j) = = T (i) = = T (j + k − k) = T (j + k) − T (k) −i − 3j − 5k T (i + j + k − j − k) = T (i + j + k) − T (j + k) −i + j − k  −1 −1 2 AT ≡  1 −3 3  −1 −5 3  16. −2) Since {T (j) . and nark T is 0. Indeed. ker T = {0} (b) µ 0 1 1 0 1 −1 ¶ rank T = 2 AT = .4 (a) n. k} is obtained by aligning as columns the coordinates w. but the first two need to be computed. j. T (j + k). T (j). b) The matrix of T with respect to the basis {i. T (k). T (k)} is a linearly independent set.r. Thus the range space of T is R3 . the linear combination xT (k) + yT (j + k) + zT (i + j + k) = x (2i + 3j + 5k) + yi + z (j − k) = (2x + y) i + (3x + z) j + (5x − z) k spans the null vector if and only if 2x + y = 0 3x + z = 0 5x − z = 0 which yields (II + III) x = 0.132 Linear transformations and matrices The three image vectors T (k). and rank T is 3. The last one is given in the problem statement. 0)}. 7 (p. It follows that the null space of T is the trivial subspace {(0. 0. k} of the image vectors T (i). T (i + j + k) form a linearly independent triple. and hence (by substitution in I and II) y = z = 0. 597) T (4i − j + k) = 4T (i) − T (j) + T (k) = (0. to {i.12. j.

k} is   1 1 ¡¢ ¤ £ A ≡ T (i) T j = 0 0  1 −1 (c) First solution. w2 ) T (i) = 0w1 + 0w2 T (j) = 1w1 + 0w2 1 3 T (k) = − w1 + w2 2 2 (AT )C = (d) Let B ≡ {j. i} and C = {w1 . k} rank T = 2 nullity T = 2 − 2 = 0 © ª (b) The matrix of T with respect to the bases i. 8 (p. (1. 1) . If w1 = i + j and w2 = i + 2j.5 n. ¡ ¢ ¡¢ T xi + yj = xT (i) + yT j = x (i + k) + y (i − k) = (x + y) i + (x − y) k It follows that Im T = lin {i. j and {i. Then µ ¶ 1 0 0 (AT )B. the matrix · ¸ £ ¤ 1 1 P ≡ w1 w2 = 1 2 µ 0 1 −1 2 0 0 3 2 ¶ . k. Since T (i) = i + k and T j = −i + k. w2 } = {(1.C = 0 1 0 16.Exercises 133 (c) Let C = (w1 . ¡ ¢ ¡¢ T 2i − 3j = 2T (i) − 3T j = 2 (i + k) − 3 (i − k) = −i + 5k For any two real numbers x and y. −1)}. j.12. 597) (a) I shall distinguish the canonical unit vectors of R2 and R3 by marking the former ¡¢ with an underbar.

2) with respect to the©basis © ª ª i. j. j (that is. 0) and (0. k} (that is.r. that is. w2 } and {i. v3 } is diagonal.134 Linear transformations and matrices transforms the (canonical) coordinates (1.   γ 11 0 C =  0 γ 22  0 0 T (u1 ) = γ 11 v1 T (u2 ) = γ 22 v2 . © ª and P −1 is the matrix of coordinate change from basis i. w2 } to basis i. u2 } and {v1 . w2 } and {i. k} can be described as the combined effect of the following two actions: 1) coordinate ª © change from coordinates w. v2 . The matrix B representing T with respect to the bases {w1 . to the basis i. to the bases i. to basis {w1 . j and {i.r. 2) transformation according to T as expressed by the © ª matrix representing T w. multiplication by matrix P ).r. w2 }. j. Thus   · ¸ 1 1 1 1 B = AP =  0 0  1 2 1 −1   2 3 =  0 0  0 −1 Second solution (matrix for T ). j . hence P is the matrix of coordinate change from basis {w1 .r. k} is £ ¤ B ≡ T (w1 ) T (w2 ) T (w1 ) = = T (w2 ) = = Thus ¡ ¡¢ ¢ T i + j = T (i) + T j = (i + k) + (i − k) i ¡ ¡¢ ¢ T i + 2j = T (i) + 2T j = (i + k) + 2 (i − k) 3i − k  1 3 B= 0 0  0 −1  where if and only if the following holds (c) The matrix C representing T w. 1) and (1. w2 } into their coordinates (1. j to basis {w1 . multiplication by A). 1) of w1 and w2 with respect to the basis {w1 . j. w2 } into coordinates w. j . to bases {u1 . The operation of the matrix B of T with respect to the bases {w1 .

id · sin. In the present situation the simplest way seems to me to be given by defining u1 ≡ i u2 ≡ j v1 ≡ T (u1 ) = i + k v2 ≡ T (u2 ) = i − k v3 ≡ any vector such that {v1 . v3 } is lin. cos. id · cos} is     0 −1 1 0 −1 0 0 −2  1 0 0 1   0 −1 2 0    A2 =  A=  0 0 0 −1   0 0 −1 0  0 0 1 0 0 0 0 −1 . id · sin.Exercises 135 There are indeed very many ways to achieve that. v2 . 16 (p.6 n. independent  1 0 C = 0 1  0 0  thereby obtaining 16. cos. id · cos} with respect to the basis {sin.12. 597) We have D (sin) = cos D (cos) = − sin D (id · sin) = sin + id · cos D (id · cos) = cos − id · sin D2 (sin) = D (cos) = − sin D2 (cos) = D (− sin) = − cos D2 (id · sin) = D (sin + id · cos) = 2 cos − id · sin D2 (id · cos) = D (cos − id · sin) = −2 sin − id · cos and hence the matrix representing the differentiation operator D and its square D2 acting on lin {sin.

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