Let u and v be vectors in and let T be a linear operator on . Prove that T(n).T(v) = n.v if and ony if where A is the standard matrix for T

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- Mar 2nd 2009, 10:04 PMr2dee6Linear Algebra Question - Linear Operators
Let u and v be vectors in and let T be a linear operator on . Prove that T(n).T(v) = n.v if and ony if where A is the standard matrix for T

- Mar 3rd 2009, 05:33 AMPaulRS
That is called an orthogonal operator. (i.e. a linear transformation -over the scalar field - - V a vector space- such that , )

All this would be much shorter if you knew what the traspose of a Linear Transformation is, and its properties.

The proof would go as follows. Let be the standard basis for (i.e. ). This is an orthonormal basis, so for each (1)

Let us compute . By (1) we have: thus:

We will prove that holds if and only if

**Direct:**

Now:

We have:

Since you can check it maps an orthonormal basis into an orthonormal basis. Thus is an orthonormal basis.

Now: and hence

Thus it follows that: and therefore: and the proof of the direct is complete

**Converse**:

Step 1: Since then exists and

Step 2: , by the symmetry of the inner-products over the filed of the real numbers : and step 1 implies hence: for all (2)

Step 3. Prove that (2) implies for all

Step 4: for all and the proof is complete