# Linear algebra !

Find the matrix A of the orthogonal projection onto the line L in R2 that consists of all scalar multiples of the vector [2 5]T .

OK...I really don't know how to start off with this problem. If somehow could just help me out there I will try to muddle my way through the rest ! Thanks.

## Answers and Replies

OK...now I've thought about this...I should use the formula
1/(1+m2) [1 m ]
________[m m2]

using 2x+5y = 0 my slope m = -2/5

but my numbers come out backwards ...

shmoe
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Your line is supposed to contain scalar multiples of [2 5]^T. Quick test-is [2 5]^T on the line 2x+5y = 0?

ok...now I'm really lost! I thought I made an equation from the given vector...so what do I do instead ?

shmoe
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You do make a line from the vector. Find two points on the line spanned by the vector, (0,0) and (2,5) will work. The y-intercept is therefore 0 and the slope is (5-0)/(2-0)=5/2. The line you gave has -2/5, so something was off.