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Showing null space and range are invariant

  1. Apr 20, 2008 #1
    If V is any vector space and S and T are linear operators on V such that ST=TS show that the null space and the range of T are invariant under S.

    I think I need to begin by taking an element of the range of T and having S act on it and show that it stays in V? Can you help get me started?
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  3. Apr 20, 2008 #2
    Showing that it stays in V is not quite what you want to do. You want to show that every element in the range of T remains in the range of T when acted upon by S.

    So say, t is an element in the range of T, what can you say about this element?
  4. Apr 23, 2008 #3


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    If x is in the null space of T, then T(x)= 0. Therefore, ST(x)= ?. And so T(S(x))= ?

    If y is in the range of T, then there exist x such that T(x)= y. So S(T(x))= S(y). But that is equal to T(S(x)). So S(y) is in ?
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