Science:Math Exam Resources/Courses/MATH152/April 2017/Question A 30
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Question A 30 

Let be a plane and a line in given by equations Find all linear transformations such that the image of is (that is the set of all outputs is the line when all points on the plane are taken as inputs). 
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Hint 

Let T be a transformation of the form described in the problem. Notice that the L is not just any old line: it is a subspace of . Furthermore, because the plane P does not pass through the origin, it follows that P contains three points that, when viewed as vectors in , are linearly independent. 
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Solution 

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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. The key to this problem is to realize that the plane P contains 3 linearly independent vectors, and that L is a subspace of . Therefore, if T is a linear transformation that maps P into L, T in fact sends all of to L. In other words, the range of T must be contained in L. Therefore, the column space of T is spanned by the vector . 
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