I am reading Bruce N. Coopersteins book: Advanced Linear Algebra (Second Edition) ... ...(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

I am focused on Section 10.1 Introduction to Tensor Products ... ...

I need help with another aspect of the proof of Theorem 10.1 regarding the existence of a tensor product ... ...

The relevant part of Theorem 10.1 reads as follows:

In the above text we read the following:

" ... ... Recall that [itex]V_1 \times \ ... \ \times V_m = X[/itex] and that [itex]Z[/itex] is a vector space based on [itex]X[/itex]. Since [itex]W[/itex] is a vector space and [itex]f[/itex] is a map from [itex]X[/itex] to [itex]W[/itex], by the universal property of [itex]Z[/itex] there exists a unique linear transformation [itex]S \ : \ Z \longrightarrow W[/itex] such that [itex]S[/itex] restricted to [itex]X[/itex] is [itex]f[/itex]. ... ..."

Now I have summarised the mappings involved in Theorem 10.1 in Figure 1 below ... ...

My question is as follows:

Why does [itex]Z[/itex] have a universal mapping property ...? ... ... and indeed if [itex]Z[/itex] has one, why doesn't [itex]V[/itex] ... ... giving us the relationship [itex]T \gamma = f[/itex] that we want ... what is special about [itex] Z [/itex]?

Hope someone can help ...

Peter

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... ... oh no! ... ... I think I have just realised the answer to my question ... hmm ... embarrassingly simple ... ... I think that [itex] Z [/itex] has a UMP because [itex]( Z, \iota )[/itex] is assumed to be the vector space based on the set [itex] X [/itex]... and vector spaces based on a set have a UMP ...... see Cooperstein Definition 10.1 on the first page of Section 10.1 provided below ...is that right?

Can someone confirm that this is the reason Z has a Universal Mapping Property ...

Peter

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It may help readers of the above post to be able to read Cooperstein's introduction to Section 10.1 where he covers, among other things, the notion of a vector space being based on a set and the idea of the universal mapping problem ... ... so I am providing this text as follows:

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