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    Symmetric mappings help!!

    Consider the basis b = {(1,1,0),(1,0,-1),(2,1,0)} for R^3.
    which of the following matrices A =[T]bb define symmetric mappings of R^3?
    1 1 0
    1 1 0
    0 0 1


    2 0 0
    0 2 0
    0 0 2


    -1 1 2
    1 4 0
    2 0 1
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    Re: Symmetric mappings help!!

    Hey jackGee.

    Just to be clear, can you give a definition of symmetric mapping in mathematical form?
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    Re: Symmetric mappings help!!

    Let T : V -----> V be any linear mapping and a={v1,.....,vn} be any orthonormal basis of V
    then the matrix A is symmetric iff <T(x),y> = < x ,T(y)> for x,y belong in V

    I'm confused by the given basis b because usually I would find a set of eigenvectors and then use it to find an orthonormal basis
    then show A is diagonalizable
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    Re: Symmetric mappings help!!

    For these examples, can you just show whether the condition holds by evaluating each example? (In other words, evaluate T(x), T(y) and the inner products given an x, y from the basis corresponding to V)?
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    Re: Symmetric mappings help!!

    so I have to show <Ax,y> = <x ,Ay> where x and y are eigenvectors?
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    Re: Symmetric mappings help!!

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    Last edited by jackGee; March 18th 2013 at 03:11 AM.
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    Re: Symmetric mappings help!!

    Personally I'm wondering if you are dealing with an inner product with the following properties:

    http://linear.axler.net/Chapter7.pdf
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