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Characteristic polynomial and polynomial vector space

  1. Apr 13, 2013 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Let [tex] V:= ℝ_{2}[t] [/tex]
    [tex]V \in f: v \mapsto f(v) \in V, \forall v \in V (f(v))(t) := v(2-t)[/tex]
    a) Check that [tex] f \in End(V) [/tex]
    b) Calculate the characteristic polynomial of f.
    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution
    a) Is it sufficient to check that [tex](f+g)(t)=f(t)+g(t)[/tex] ?
    b) Standard basis of polynomials is [tex]1+t+t^2[/tex], so [tex] f(1)=(2-t) \\ f(t)=2t - t^2 \\ f(t^2)=2t^2-t^3[/tex]

    What should I do next? What's up with [tex]t^3[/tex] ? (The space is of polynomials of degree at most 2). How do I calculate this map into a matrix ?
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  3. Apr 13, 2013 #2


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    Well, as you've observed, the given map doesn't take second degree polynomial into second degree polynomials, it maps them into the space of third degree polynomials. That wouldn't stop you from writing a matrix for it, but it won't be square. Not sure what to do with the rest of the question at all.
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