# Homework Help: Shift Operator Properties

1. Jan 31, 2012

### TranscendArcu

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
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3. The attempt at a solution
So in particular I want to look at the last part of this problem. That is, "Show that $S^n = 0$"

I know that $dim(KerS^k) = k$ and therefore, $dim(ImS^k)= n-k$. If k=n, $dim(ImS^k)= n- n = 0$ which implies that $ImS^k = \left\{ 0 \right\}$.

I'm having trouble drawing from this the conclusion that $S^n = 0$. Is S an isomorphism? If so, does that mean that the only thing that can map to 0 in the codomain is 0 in the domain?

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2. Jan 31, 2012

### Dick

You mean $ImS^n = \left\{ 0 \right\}$. That means for all vectors x, $S^n(x)=0$. Doesn't that mean $S^n=0$? Of course S isn't an isomorphism! It has a nonzero kernel. Not sure what's bothering you here.

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