# Math Help - ker f

1. ## ker f

Let $f:X\to Y$ be a lin transformation. f is monic iff $\text{ker}f=\{0\}$

I have shown $(\Rightarrow)$

I am struggling with $(\Leftarrow)$

Let $x\in\text{ker}f$. Then $f(x)=\{0\}$.

Now what?

2. ## Re: ker f

If I am not mistaken, the fact that f is monic means that $f\circ g_1=f\circ g_2$ implies $g_1=g_2$ for all $g_1,g_2$. Well, let $f(g_1(x))=f(g_2(x))$ for all x. Use the fact that f is linear and that its kernel is {0}.

3. ## Re: ker f

Originally Posted by dwsmith
Let $f:X\to Y$ be a lin transformation. f is monic iff $\text{ker}f=\{0\}$

I have shown $(\Rightarrow)$

I am struggling with $(\Leftarrow)$

Let $x\in\text{ker}f$. Then $f(x)=\{0\}$.

Now what?
You have to show that $f$ is monic.

So, you have to show that $f(x) = f(y)$ implies that $x = y$.

Now $f(x) = f(y) \Rightarrow f(x-y) =0 \Rightarrow x-y \in Ker(f) \Rightarrow x-y = 0 \Rightarrow x=y$.