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Homework Help: When is (S o T) invertible? (Linear Maps)

  1. May 21, 2012 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Show SoT is invertible iff
    kerT = {0}
    ImS = W
    ImT n kerS = {0} and ImtT (+) kerS = V

    T: U -> V
    S: V -> W

    3. The attempt at a solution

    We know if kerSoT = {0} and kerT C kerSoT then kerT = {0}

    ImS = W is implying surjectivity?
    SoT = S(Tu) = Sv = W = ImS for all v (belongs to) ImT

    I know the last part is stating the rank-nullity theorem but in a way I have not seen. If the kernel of S is zero then doesn't ImT = V or is kerS not necessarily zero?

    I am also have difficulty with the whole premise of using set notations to explain properties of linear maps so if you could provide some guidance on this that would be great.

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  3. May 21, 2012 #2


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    Depends on which mapping you're talking about. It tells you S is surjective, but S○T may not necessarily be. For example, if T mapped everything to 0, the image of S○T would be {0}.

    Your notation is a mess. You're equating a mapping (S○T) to vectors (S(Tu) and Sv) to a vector space (W).

    Suppose S: ℝ3→ℝ2 maps (x,y,z) to (x,y), and T: ℝ2→ℝ3 maps (x,y) to (x,y,0). The kernel of S is the z-axis, but S○T is invertible.

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