Homework Help: Linear Transform

1. Jul 15, 2009

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

Prove the following:

The action of a linear transformation $$T:U\rightarrow V$$ is completely determined by its action on a basis $$B=\left\{u_1,u_2,\text{...},u_n\right\}$$ for the domain U.

2. Relevant equations
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3. The attempt at a solution

Okay, I feel like my solution is too simple. It doesn't feel rigorous enough, but I'm not sure how to improve it. Any ideas?

By definition, the linear transformation $$T:U\rightarrow V$$ only acts on the domain U. Also by definition, a basis of U must also span U and be linearly independent. Thus, U is completely determined by B, and in turn, T is completely determined by its action on B. QED

2. Jul 16, 2009

CompuChip

You haven't really proven it yet.
I'd start by: suppose that T(B) is given, i.e. $T(u_i) = v_i$. Let $u \in U$. You should now be able to write down T(u).