the tensor product of V and W is bydefinition any vector space V(tens)W equipped with a bilinear map VxW-->V(tens)W such that every bilinear map VxW-->U into any vector spave U, occurs uniquely as a composition VxW-->V(tens)W-->U, for some unique lienar map V(tens)W-->U.
if the spaces are finite dimensional it can be constructed as the dual of the space of bilinear functions from VxW to the scalar field k. if v1,...vn, and w1,...wm are bases of V and W, then the bilinear functions taking (vi,wj) to 1 and the other pairs to zero, form a basis of the dual of the tensor product. hence the tensor product has dimension equal to the product of the dimensions of V and W.
now ask yourself how to use the inner products on V and W to define one on V(tens)W.
i.e. how would you define <vtensw, v'tensw'>. is your definition bilinear? positive definite?
If V(tens)W is the dual of the space of bilinear functions from VxW to K, then it is a space of functionals that operate on bilinear functions, isn't it? So how come the bilinear functions you mentioned belong to it? They operate on VxW directly, don't they?
Oohps, sorry, I hadn't noticed you wrote "dual of the tensor product".
Is the map you mentioned (that is, (vi,wj) |----> f(vk,wl)=delta(k,i)*delta(j,l)) defined linearly or bilinearly?
That is, if f is assigned to (vi,wj) and g to (vk,wl), then the functional assigned to (vi+vk,wj+wl) is f+g, or f+g+h+t, when h and t are assigned to the two remaining pairs?
I'm sorry for the annoying questions, I'm just trying to understand the nature of the connection between VxW and V(tens)W.
So in order to define the inner product on V(tens)W, let's take two guys from there, a and b. They can each be broken into sums of v(tens)w. We'll define the inner product of v(tens)w with u(tens)x as <v,u><w,x>. This induces an inner product on all of V(tens)W, since the inner product must be bilinear.
I'm just trying to see if it is, indeed, an inner product. Am I on the right track?
It's the definite positivity that I'm worried about. But I'll check tommorow, right now I'm going to bed. I'm beat.
Thanks a lot, you don't know how much you've helped me. It's been bothering me for weeks.
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