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Symmetric Bilinear: What a Drag!

  1. May 31, 2013 #1
    I am having problems showing the following:

    ##f## and ##g## are two linearly independent functions in ##E## and ##\theta : \mathbb{R} \to \mathbb{R}## is an additive map such that ##\theta(\mu \nu) = \theta(\mu)\nu +\mu \theta(\nu); \mu,\nu \in \mathbb{R}##. Show that the function;

    ##\psi \left(x\right)## ##=## ##f \left(x\right)\theta \left[g\left(x\right)\right]## ##-g\left(x\right)\theta\left[f\left(x\right)\right]##

    satisfies the parallelogram property and the relation ##\psi\left(\lambda x\right)=\lambda ^{2}\psi\left(x\right)##.

    Okay, so, I don't know where to start; I understand that I can begin to look at the picture of the parallelogram id. and show the similarities, like when the minus sign comes from. If you picture the two functions as vectors you can see that the minus sign comes from the direction in which the ##g## vector in directed
    Parallelogram_law.PNG
    and the same with ##f##, but after this, I cannot "show" it satisfies the second property.

    PS: Think of ##\psi\left(x\right)## as being the inner product of ##x## with itself.
     
    Last edited: May 31, 2013
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  3. May 31, 2013 #2

    chiro

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    Hey Tenshou.

    The relation looks like its a standard norm property (i.e. a quadratic form). Is that useful for you? (If you can show its a quadratic form or a norm like object the rest should follow).
     
  4. Jun 21, 2013 #3
    Thanks Chiro that actually seems like it will help.
     
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