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Homework Help: Which of the folllowing transformations are linear? how can u tell?

  1. Nov 26, 2005 #1
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    Hello everyone i'm not looking for someoene to tell me the answer, but i'm really confused on how you can tell if somthing is a linear stransformation or not? I'm not understand what operations i'm suppose to go through to find this out, any help would be great! thanks!
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  3. Nov 26, 2005 #2

    matt grime

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    If you cannot verify the axioms of linearity, try to find a counter example. Ie try to show L(x+y)=L(x)+L(y), and L(ky)=kL(y), and if that's impossible, show why (simply find a single counter example)
  4. Nov 26, 2005 #3


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    Checking the DEFINITION of "Linear Transformation" would seem like a good idea. As I recall, the definition requires that
    L(u+ v)= L(u)+ L(v) and L(av)= aL(v) where u and v are vectors (your examples all involve 2 or 3 dimensional vectors) and a is a number.
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