# Image/Column space of a Matrix

• Aug 14th 2011, 02:10 PM
AshleyT
Image/Column space of a Matrix
Hey there!
I'm really struggling with this question :(. The solutions on it don't seem to match up with everything i've read/googled!

Now, I understand how to get the kernel. But I have no idea what they are doing to get the image basis!

I've looked around on wikipedia etc and read that you take the corresponding columns to the pivots - which to me would mean the basis would be: (1 0 3), (-2, 2, -4)...Not (1; 2; 1); (2; 0; 6)

Please see the pdf attachment for the solutions.

Any help would be appreciated!

Thankyou!
• Aug 14th 2011, 11:24 PM
FernandoRevilla
Re: Image/Column space of a Matrix
Quote:

Originally Posted by AshleyT
Now, I understand how to get the kernel. But I have no idea what they are doing to get the image basis!

In general, consider $\displaystyle A:\mathbb{R}^m\to\mathbb{R}^n$ and suppose $\displaystyle \{u_1,u_2,\ldots,u_r\}$ is a basis of $\displaystyle \ker A$ and $\displaystyle B=\{u_1,u_2,\ldots,u_r,u_{r+1},\ldots,u_m\}$ is a basis of $\displaystyle \mathbb{R}^m$ .Then, $\displaystyle \{Au_{r+1},\ldots,Au_m\}$ is a basis of $\displaystyle \textrm{Im}A$ . Try to prove it (it is not difficult) and ask if you have any doubt.