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Tensor Product and Linear Algebra
Tensor products can be rather intimidating for firsttimers, so we’ll start with the simplest case: that of vector spaces over a field K. Suppose V and W are finitedimensional vector spaces over K, with bases and respectively. Then the tensor product is the vector … Continue reading
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Tagged bilinear maps, duals, linear algebra, tensor algebra, tensor products, universal properties
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Elementary Module Theory (IV): Linear Algebra
Throughout this article, a general ring is denoted R while a division ring is denoted D. Dimension of a Vector Space First, let’s consider the dimension of a vector space V over D, denoted dim(V). If W is a subspace of V, we proved earlier that … Continue reading
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Tagged advanced, algebra, linear algebra, module homomorphism, vector spaces
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Elementary Module Theory (III): Approaching Linear Algebra
The Hom Group Continuing from the previous installation, here’s another way of writing the universal properties for direct sums and products. Let Hom(M, N) be the set of all module homomorphisms M → N; then: (*) for any Rmodule N. In the case where there’re finitely … Continue reading
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Tagged cokernels, direct products, direct sums, homomorphism, isomorphism theorems, kernels, linear algebra, modules, submodules, vector space
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Why Do We Need Eigenvalues and Eigenvectors?
[ Prerequisites : basic linear algebra, matrices and determinants. ] Eigenvalues and eigenvectors are often confusing to students the first time they encounter them. This article attempts to demystify the concepts by giving some motivations and applications. It’s okay if … Continue reading
Linear Algebra: Inner Products
[ Background required: basic knowledge of linear algebra, e.g. the previous post. Updated on 6 Dec 2011: added graphs in Application 2, courtesy of wolframalpha.] Those of you who already know inner products may roll your eyes at this point, … Continue reading
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Tagged advanced, extra, fourier transform, inner product, intermediate, linear algebra, notes, sums
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Matrices and Linear Algebra
Background recommended : coordinate geometry Here I thought I’d give an outline of linear algebra and matrices starting from a more axiomatic viewpoint, instead of merely giving rules of computation – the way it’s usually taught in school. The materials … Continue reading