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Transition matrix, Jacobian.

  1. Mar 16, 2012 #1


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    I`m new here, can someone tell me which is the difference between the transition matrix and the Jacobian?, I did some exercises of the both topics, but How is it related?

    Thanks for the attention

    Sorry for my English writing, but English is not my native language.
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  3. Mar 17, 2012 #2

    by transition matrix, do you mean change-of-basis matrix?

    Jacobian gives linear approximation of a smooth function between two euclidean spaces at given point.
  4. Mar 17, 2012 #3


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    Yes the transition matrix & change of basis matrix means the same, but for example in the change of coordinates, we need to get the Jacobian of the transformation (for the metric tensor etc), but I`m now feel confused between the matrix of the linear transformation, and the Jacobian of a transformation.
  5. Mar 17, 2012 #4


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    In a change of coordinates, the Jacobian gives a change of basis at each point of the domain. The basis change change varies from point to point.
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