Science:Math Exam Resources/Courses/MATH152/April 2011/Question B 04 (d)
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Question B 04 (d) 

Let a=[1,2,1]. Consider the transformation defined by for all x in , where is the crossproduct in . Find any nonzero vector x such that T(x)=0. 
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Do we know anything about crossproducts that produce the zero vector? 
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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. In part(b), we have that and in part(c) we concluded that det(A)=0. Therefore A has a null space and there are many solutions such that Ax=0. We could perform some sort of Gaussian elimination and determine the entire nullspace but the question asks for any vector and so we are permitted to just guess. In fact we saw in part(c) that any vector parallel to a had a zero cross product. Therefore . Note that, since T(a) = Aa we can also verify this using the matrix representation: Therefore a vector such that T(x)=0 is x=a (or any vector of the form ka, due to the linearity of T). 