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3 v change of basis
3.V. Change of Basis

3.V.1. Changing Representations of Vectors

3.V.2. Changing Map Representations

3 v 1 changing representations of vectors
3.V.1. Changing Representations of Vectors

Definition 1.1: Change of Basis Matrix

The change of basis matrixfor bases B, D V is the representation of the identity map id : V → V w.r.t. those bases.

Lemma 1.2: Changing Basis



Lemma 1.4:

A matrix changes bases iff it is nonsingular.

Proof  : Bases changing matrix must be invertible, hence nonsingular.

Proof  : (See Hefferon, p.239.)

Nonsingular matrix is row equivalent to I.

Hence, it equals to the product of elementary matrices, which can be shown to represent change of bases.

Corollary 1.5:

A matrix is nonsingular  it represents the identity map w.r.t. some pair of bases.

Exercises 3 v 1
Exercises 3.V.1.

1. Find the change of basis matrix for B, DR2.

(a) B= E2 , D=  e2 , e1 

(b) B= E2 ,


D= E2


2. Let p be a polynomial in P3 with

where B=  1+x, 1x, x2+x3, x2x3  . Find a basis Dsuch that

Example 2.1: Rotation by π/6 in x-y planet: R2 → R2



Example 2.2:



Consider t : V → V with matrix representation T w.r.t. some basis.

If  basis B s.t. T = tB→B is diagonal,

Then t and T are said to be diagonalizable.

Definition 2.3: Matrix Equivalent

Same-sized matrices Hand Hare matrix equivalent

if  nonsingular matrices Pand Qs.t.

H= P H Q or H = P 1H Q 1

Corollary 2.4:

Matrix equivalent matrices represent the same map, w.r.t. appropriate pair of bases.

Matrix equivalence classes.

Elementary row operations can be represented by left-multiplication (H= P H ).

Elementary column operations can be represented by right-multiplication ( H= H Q ).

Matrix equivalent operations cantain both (H= P H Q ).

∴ row equivalent  matrix equivalent

Example 2.5:


are matrix equivalent but not row equivalent.

Theorem 2.6: Block Partial-Identity Form

Any mn matrix of rank k is matrix equivalent to the mn matrix that is all zeros except that the first k diagonal entries are ones.


Gauss-Jordan reduction plus column reduction.

Example 2.7 left-multiplication (:

G-J row reduction:

Column reduction:

Column swapping:


Corollary 2.8 left-multiplication (: Matrix Equivalent and Rank

Two same-sized matrices are matrix equivalent iff they have the same rank.

That is, the matrix equivalence classes are characterized by rank.


Two same-sized matrices with the same rank are equivalent to the same block partial-identity matrix.

Example 2.9:

The 22 matrices have only three possible ranks: 0, 1, or 2.

Thus there are 3 matrix-equivalence classes.

If a linear map left-multiplication (f : V n → W m is rank k,

then  some bases B → D s.t. f acts like a projection Rn → Rm.

Exercises 3 v 2
Exercises 3.V.2. left-multiplication (

1. Show that, where A is a nonsingular square matrix, if P and Q are nonsingular square matrices such that PAQ = I then QP = A1.

2. Are matrix equivalence classes closed under scalar multiplication? Addition?


(a) If two matrices are matrix-equivalent and invertible, must their inverses be matrix-equivalent?

(b) If two matrices have matrix-equivalent inverses, must the two be matrix- equivalent?

(c) If two matrices are square and matrix-equivalent, must their squares be


(d) If two matrices are square and have matrix-equivalent squares, must they be matrix-equivalent?