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Homework Help: Eigenvalues and their spaces

  1. Jun 17, 2010 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    T: R3[x] R3[x] // for some reason the arrow symbol isn't working! When I do the arrow it previews as the third power for some reason. Also, whenever I preview post, it adds 1 2 b[3] again for some reason and I have to delete those lines every time...a bit fustrating...

    T(1) = 3 + 2x +4X2
    T(x) = 2 + 2x2
    T(x2) = 4 + 2x 3x2

    Find all eigenvalues and their linear subspaces they create.

    3. The attempt at a solution

    I don't exactly understand what to do here. I am used to transformations from R3 to R3, not the polynomial transformations. And I am a bit confused how they wrote T(1) T(x) and T(x2) separately. Is that the way you write the transformations for polynomials? I thought it should be like this: T(alpha0 + alpha1x + alpha2x2) = (.....)

    I guess I just need someone to explain what

    T(1) = 3 + 2x +4X2
    T(x) = 2 + 2x2
    T(x2) = 4 + 2x 3x2


    Last edited: Jun 17, 2010
  2. jcsd
  3. Jun 17, 2010 #2
    T(1) = 3 + 2x + 4X^2
    T(x) = 2 + 2x2
    T(x^2) = 4 + 2x+ 3x^2

    since they are linear:
    T(a_1+a_2x+a_3x^2)=(a_1(3 + 2x + 4X^2) + a_2 (2 + 2x2) + a_3 (4 + 2x+ 3x^2))
  4. Jun 17, 2010 #3
    Thanks. I solved the question.

    By the way, anybody have an idea why the math symbols are behaving strangely? Is this happening to anybody else?
  5. Jun 17, 2010 #4


    Staff: Mentor

    Like this?
    [tex]T:R^3 \to R[/tex]

    Click the expression to see the LaTeX I used.

    The preview function has not been working correctly for about the past month. Instead of showing you a preview of what you have typed, it seems to take whatever is in cached memory and displays that.

    Also, for future reference, problems like this should be posted in the Calculus & Beyond section. Eigenvalues are definitely not at the Precalc level.
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