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Homework Help: Transforming inner product to another basis

  1. May 24, 2007 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Given the Vectorspace V of the real polynoms and the sub space L(1, t, t^2). On V there's a inner product defined as follows:

    <u(t), w(t)> = integral(u(t)*w(t), dt, -3, 3)

    I have to find the inner product of the subspace in reference of the basis (1, t, t^2).

    2. Relevant equations

    The only thing I know is that every innerproduct can be represented by a symmetric matrix.

    3. The attempt at a solution

    Give me some hints, ... thanks
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  3. May 24, 2007 #2


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    The the inner product you have listed is independent of the basis. Perhaps you're expected to write out both versions as matrices?

    p.s. If you know how, Latex makes things easier to read:
    [tex]<v(t),u(t)>=\int_{-3}^{3}v(t)*u(t) dt[/tex]
  4. May 24, 2007 #3
    Sorry, I cannot use this Latex editor.

    But you're right, I have to write out the inner product (in reference ot the basis I wrote down) in the matrix version.
  5. May 24, 2007 #4


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    well write iT as:
    where A=(a0,a1,2)^t B=(b0,b1,b2)^t
    now you say you know how G is, then you know how to calculate it.
    btw, G is a 3x3 symmetric matrix.
  6. May 24, 2007 #5
    Ok, this seems sensible. I try to calculate G. ...
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