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    Inverse of a linear transformation

    A:\mathbb{R}_{2}[x]->\mathbb{R}^{3}  , A(P)=(P(-1),P(0),P(1))
    where A is a bijective linear transformation, \mathbb{R}_{2}[x] is the set of polynomials with real coeficients and max degree=2 .
    Find A^{-1}(0,6,0)

    To do this I have to find the matrix of A relative to canonical basis of \mathbb{R}_{2}[x] and \mathbb{R}^{3} , find the inverse of that matrix and then A^{-1}\begin{pmatrix}0\\ 6\\ 0\end{pmatrix} is the answer I'm looking for.

    Please tell me if I am right or not.
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    Re: Inverse of a linear transformation

    Welcome to MHF, cristi92!

    That looks fine to me!
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    Re: Inverse of a linear transformation

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    Re: Inverse of a linear transformation

    That would work but since you are NOT asked to find either A or A^{-1} in general, it would seem easier to me to state the problem as "find numbers, a, b, c, so that P(x)= ax^2+ bx+ c, such that P(-1)= a(-1)^2+ b(-1)+ c= a- b+ c= 0, P(0)= a(0^2)+ b(0)+ c= c= 6, P(1)= a(1^2)+ b(1)+ c= a+ b+ c=  0". In other words solve the three equations a- b+ c= 0, c= 6, a+ b+ c= 0 for a, b, and c.

    Of course, if you solve those equations by setting up the matrix of coeffients and row-reducing, you are doing what you describe but those are particularly easy equations to solve.
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    Re: Inverse of a linear transformation

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