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    Unique Linear Functionals

    I am working on the following...

    Let 𝐵 = { {\bf v}_1,{\bf v}_2,...,{\bf v}_n} be a basis for vector space 𝔙 .
    Show that there is a unique linear functional v_\imath ^{\ast} on 𝔙, such that v_\imath ^{\ast} ({\bf v}_\jmath) = \delta_{\imath \jmath}
    Also, show that the set of 𝑛 distinct linear functionals on 𝔙 obtained form 𝐵, are linearly independent.

    I have no idea on what to do, could someone help me out?

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    Re: Unique Linear Functionals

    Quote Originally Posted by jnava View Post
    I am working on the following...

    Let 𝐵 = { {\bf v}_1,{\bf v}_2,...,{\bf v}_n} be a basis for vector space 𝔙 .
    Show that there is a unique linear functional v_\imath ^{\ast} on 𝔙, such that v_\imath ^{\ast} ({\bf v}_\jmath) = \delta_{\imath \jmath}
    Also, show that the set of 𝑛 distinct linear functionals on 𝔙 obtained form 𝐵, are linearly independent.

    I have no idea on what to do, could someone help me out?

    Thanks
    The basic idea is this. Suppose that V is a F-space. You can completely specify a linear transformation from V to any other F-space W by demanding that v_i\mapsto w_i where \{v_1,\cdots,v_n\} is a basis for V and the w_i are just any vectors in W (not necessarily different). How? Well, say you have made a choice about what the v_i go to, you still haven't defined a transformation on V itself. That said, if the map which takes v_i\to w_i is to be a linear transformation you must take each v=\alpha_1v_1+\cdots+\alpha_n v_n to \alpha_1w_1+\cdots+\alpha_nw_n. Thus, if T:V\to W is linear and satisfies T(v_i)=w_i then the function must be defined by the rule T(v)=\alpha_1w_1+\cdots+\alpha_nw_n where \alpha_1v_1+\cdots+\alpha_nv_n is the UNIQUE representation of v as a linear combination of the basis \{v_1,\cdots,v_n\}. Conversely, you can check that the map defined that way does, in fact, satisfy the condition of being a linear transformation V\to W with v_i\mapsto w_i. So, in your case you have that W=F and w_j=\delta_{i,j}\in F


    For the second part, what would happen if \displaystyle \sum_{i=1}^{n}v^\ast_i=0(v) (where I put 0(v) to emphasize that it's the zero function)? What happens if you plug in v_j for j=1,\cdots,n?
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    Re: Unique Linear Functionals

    Quote Originally Posted by Drexel28 View Post
    The basic idea is this. Suppose that V is a F-space. You can completely specify a linear transformation from V to any other F-space W by demanding that v_i\mapsto w_i where \{v_1,\cdots,v_n\} is a basis for V and the w_i are just any vectors in W (not necessarily different). How? Well, say you have made a choice about what the v_i go to, you still haven't defined a transformation on V itself. That said, if the map which takes v_i\to w_i is to be a linear transformation you must take each v=\alpha_1v_1+\cdots+\alpha_n v_n to \alpha_1w_1+\cdots+\alpha_nw_n. Thus, if T:V\to W is linear and satisfies T(v_i)=w_i then the function must be defined by the rule T(v)=\alpha_1w_1+\cdots+\alpha_nw_n where \alpha_1v_1+\cdots+\alpha_nv_n is the UNIQUE representation of v as a linear combination of the basis \{v_1,\cdots,v_n\}. Conversely, you can check that the map defined that way does, in fact, satisfy the condition of being a linear transformation V\to W with v_i\mapsto w_i. So, in your case you have that W=F and w_j=\delta_{i,j}\in F


    For the second part, what would happen if \displaystyle \sum_{i=1}^{n}v^\ast_i=0(v) (where I put 0(v) to emphasize that it's the zero function)? What happens if you plug in v_j for j=1,\cdots,n?
    when you plug back in v_j you will get zero, meaning orthogonality, meaning linear independence?
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    Re: Unique Linear Functionals

    Quote Originally Posted by jnava View Post
    when you plug back in v_j you will get zero, meaning orthogonality, meaning linear independence?
    Uh, not sure what you mean. You get that \alpha_j=0, right?
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    Re: Unique Linear Functionals

    Quote Originally Posted by Drexel28 View Post
    Uh, not sure what you mean. You get that \alpha_j=0, right?

    Yes all \alpha_j=0 due to 0(v) correct? Since it will be zero, the the functionals are orthogonal implying linear dependence? This kind of math hurts my head way too much lol
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    Re: Unique Linear Functionals

    Quote Originally Posted by jnava View Post
    Yes all \alpha_j=0 due to 0(v) correct? Since it will be zero, the the functionals are orthogonal implying linear dependence? This kind of math hurts my head way too much lol
    Haha, you have proven that all the \alpha's are zero, which shows that they are linearly independent.
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    Re: Unique Linear Functionals

    Quote Originally Posted by Drexel28 View Post
    Haha, you have proven that all the \alpha's are zero, which shows that they are linearly independent.
    Thank you for the help!
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