Homework Help: Kernel and Range of a Linear Mapping

1. May 7, 2013

Smazmbazm

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

Find the kernel and range of the following linear mapping.

b) The mapping T from $P^{R} to P^{R}_{2}$ defined by

$T(p(x)) = p(2) + p(1)x + p(0)x^{2}$

3. The attempt at a solution

I'm not sure how to go about this one. Normally I would use the formula T(x) = A * v but in this case I don't know how to find A or v. Would be great if someone could point me in the right direction.

Thanks in advanced.

2. May 7, 2013

HallsofIvy

I assume you know that the kernel is the set mapped to 0. T(p(x))= 0 (for all x) if and only if p(2)= p(1)= p(0)= 0.

And the range is the entire set PR2. Do you see why?

3. May 7, 2013

Smazmbazm

Yes I know that the kernel is the set that is mapped to 0. I think I'm just having trouble with understanding what $T(p(x)) = p(2) + p(1)x + p(0)x^{2}$ actual means. It's a bit too general for me. What is $p(x)$? Is that saying that the power representation for $p(x)$ is $p(2) + p(1)x + p(0)x^{2}$? Or the mapping of the power series $p(x)$ from $P^{R}$ to $P^{R}_{2}$ results in $p(2) + p(1)x + p(0)x{2}$

I think I understand why the range is the entire set $P^{R}_{2}$, because if the kernel only contains the zero vector then the range must contain everything else?

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