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    Orthogonal Complements

    This should be easy, I'm not sure what I'm missing!! Any help would be great...

    Let W be a finite dim subspace of an inner product space V. Show \exists a projection, T on W along W^\perp such that the nullspace of T, N(T)=W^\perp.
    Then show ||T(x)||\leq ||x|| ~~ \forall x\in V


    What I know:
    So far, I know that by a theorem, there are unique vectors u\in W, z\in W^\perp such that y=u+z

    I know by definition T:V\rightarrow V is a projection on W along W^\perp if for x=x_1+x_2 with x_1\in W, x_2\in W^\perp, we have T(x)=x_1

    Finally, I know if x and y are orthogonal vectors, that ||x+y||^2 =||x||^2+||y||^2

    It seems like it should fall into place so easily... I just don't know how to define my T function so it works for each case and still lands me in the complement of W. Please help!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MatthewD View Post
    This should be easy, I'm not sure what I'm missing!! Any help would be great...

    Let W be a finite dim subspace of an inner product space V. Show \exists a projection, T on W along W^\perp such that the nullspace of T, N(T)=W^\perp.
    Then show ||T(x)||\leq ||x|| ~~ \forall x\in V


    What I know:
    So far, I know that by a theorem, there are unique vectors u\in W, z\in W^\perp such that y=u+z

    I know by definition T:V\rightarrow V is a projection on W along W^\perp if for x=x_1+x_2 with x_1\in W, x_2\in W^\perp, we have T(x)=x_1

    Finally, I know if x and y are orthogonal vectors, that ||x+y||^2 =||x||^2+||y||^2

    It seems like it should fall into place so easily... I just don't know how to define my T function so it works for each case and still lands me in the complement of W. Please help!!
    well, you've already defined T. for the second part, if x=x_1+x_2, \ x_1 \in W, \ x_2 \in W^{\perp}, then ||T(x)||^2=||x_1||^2 \leq ||x_1||^2+||x_2||^2=||x_1+x_2||^2=||x||^2.

    (note that since \langle x_1,x_2 \rangle = \langle x_2,x_1 \rangle = 0, we have ||x_1+x_2||^2=\langle x_1+x_2, x_1+x_2 \rangle=||x_1||^2+||x_2||^2.)
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