Worksheet: Linear Transformation Definition

In this worksheet, we will practice defining a linear transformation and stating whether a given transformation is linear.


Suppose 𝑉 is a finite dimensional vector space and 𝑇 is a linear operator on 𝑉. Then which of the following conditions must be true for a subspace 𝑈𝑉 to be an invariant subspace under 𝑇?

  • A𝑇𝑢𝑉 for all 𝑢𝑉
  • B𝑇𝑢𝑈 for all 𝑢𝑈
  • C𝑇𝑢𝑉 for all 𝑢𝑈
  • D𝑇𝑢𝑈 for all 𝑢𝑉


Consider the linear transformations for which v, the image of 10, and w, the image of 01, are unit vectors. Let 𝐿 be a linear transformation of this kind which has the additional property that the area of the parallelogram with vertices 0, v, w, and vw+ is as big as possible. What are the possible values of the measure of the angle between v and w for the transformation 𝐿?

  • A0
  • B90 only
  • C180
  • D270 only
  • E90 and 270

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