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Linear algebra !

  1. Dec 4, 2004 #1
    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.
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  3. Dec 4, 2004 #2
    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 ...
  4. Dec 4, 2004 #3


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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?
  5. Dec 5, 2004 #4
    ok...now I'm really lost! I thought I made an equation from the given vector...so what do I do instead ?
  6. Dec 5, 2004 #5


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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.
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