Finding a matrix from a linear transformation

not sure if this is classed as advanced algebra but here goes.

I need to find the matrix of t and I am confused as to which is the correct method to use.

The basis for the domain is E = {(1,0,0),(1,1,0),(0,1,1)} and the basis for the codomain is the standard basis of F = {(1,0,0),(0,1,0),(0,0,1)}

t : R^3 → R^3

(x,y,z) → (y - z, x + z, x + y)

This is what I have worked out so far:

I have found the images of the vectors in the domain with basis E = {(1,0,0),(1,1,0),(0,1,1)} to be

t(1,0,0) = (0,1,1)

t(1,1,0) = (1,1,2)

t(0,1,1) = (1,1,1)

as t(x,y,z) = (y - z, x + z, x + y)

and the F - coordinates of each of the image vectors, where F = {(1,0,0),(0,1,0),(0,0,1)}

t(1,0,0) = (0,1,1)F

t(1,1,0) = (1,1,2)F

t(0,1,1) = (1,1,1)F

so is the matrix of t with respect to the bases of E and F

0 1 1

1 1 2

1 1 1 (sorry, do not know how to do big brackets)

OR...........

do I need to use the below method for finding the matrix?

t(1,0,0) = (0,1,1) = (a,b,c)F

(a,b,c)F = a(1,0,0) + b(0,1,0), c(0,0,1) = (a,b,c)

a=1

b=0

c=0

t(1,1,0) = (1,1,2) = (d,e,f)F

(d,e,f)F = d(1,0,0) + e(0,1,0) + f(0,0,1) = (d,e,f)

d=1

e=1

f=0

t(0,1,1) = (1,1,1) = (g,h,i)F

(g,h,i)F = g(1,0,0) + h(0,1,0) + i(0,0,1) = (g,h,i)

g=0

h=1

i=1

and this gives the matrix of:

1 1 0

0 1 1

0 0 1

I think it is my first choice but need someone to clarify. I'm just getting to grips with the terminology so please be gentle with your answer http://www.mymathforum.com/images/smilies/icon_wink.gif

Re: Finding a matrix from a linear transformation

Hey jezb5.

I used a change of basis formulation to get the answer and the answer I got was (with Octave):

>> E

E =

1 0 0

1 1 0

0 1 1

>> M

M =

0 1 -1

1 0 1

1 1 0

>> inv(E)*M

ans =e

0 1 -1

1 -1 2

0 2 -2

This assumes that the transformation is done in the basis of the domain and then a conversion to the standard basis is done afterwards.

I can walk you through the ideas if it is confusing.

Re: Finding a matrix from a linear transformation

If you could talk me through it, that'd be great, as it seems neither of my answers were correct. Could you see how I have done it, and explain that way? As I have these methods in a text book so it will be easier to refer back to. Thanks

Re: Finding a matrix from a linear transformation

the problem here is that there is more than one possible matrix for T. so we need to be clear on WHICH matrix for T we want.

the formula that defines T is probably "T in the standard basis" that is when you write T(x,y,z) = something, you mean (x,y,z) = x(1,0,0) + y(0,1,0) + z(0,0,1).

since our "something" in this case is (y-z,x+z,x+y) = (y-z)(1,0,0) + (x+z)(0,1,0) + (x+y)(0,0,1), using the standard basis F for both domain and co-domain we have:

now if what we want is , we can proceed as follows:

find the matrix P that changes E-coordinates to F-coordinates.

this matrix is easy to write down, its columns are simply the coordinates of the E-basis in the F-basis, so:

so the matrix we seek is:

ok, so: you now have 3 different answers to the same question, and you might wonder, how do i know which one is right?

well the first column of should be T(1,0,0), since (1,0,0) = [1,0,0]_{E}.

and T(1,0,0) = (0-0,1+0,1+0) = (0,1,1).

and the second column of should be T(1,1,0), which is (1-0,1+0,1+1) = (1,1,2).

finally, the third column of should be T(0,1,1), which is (1-1,0+1,0+1) = (0,1,1).

**********

in more detail: we see that = .

if we apply P^{-1} (that is express F-coordinates in terms of E-coordinates) to (x,y,z) = [x,y,z]_{F}, we get [x,y,z]_{F} = [x-y+z,y-z,z]_{E}

(because [x,y,z]_{F} = x[1,0,0]_{F} + y[0,1,0]_{F} + z[0,0,1]_{F}, and:

(1,0,0) = [1,0,0]_{F} = [1,0,0]_{E} = 1(1,0,0) + 0(1,1,0) + 0(0,1,1)

(0,1,0) = [0,1,0]_{F} = [-1,1,0]_{E} = -1(1,0,0) + 1(1,1,0) + 0(0,1,1)

(0,0,1) = [0,0,1]_{F} = [1,-1,1]_{E} = 1(1,0,0) - 1(1,1,0) + 1(0,1,1), so that: [x,y,z]_{F} = x[1,0,0]_{F} + y[0,1,0]_{F} + z[0,0,1]_{F}

= x[1,0,0]_{E} + y[-1,1,0]_{E} = z[1,-1,1]_{E} = [x,0,0]_{E} + [-y,y,0]_{E} + [z,-z,z]_{E} = [x-y+z,y-z,z]_{E}), so that:

, as desired.

Re: Finding a matrix from a linear transformation

Well that is a much better explanation than my books. Thank you so much for that as I understand a lot better now (Happy)