By Russell Merris

The prototypical multilinear operation is multiplication. certainly, each multilinear mapping might be factored via a tensor product. except its intrinsic curiosity, the tensor product is of primary significance in a number of disciplines, starting from matrix inequalities and workforce illustration idea, to the combinatorics of symmetric features, and these types of matters seem during this e-book. one other allure of multilinear algebra lies in its energy to unify such likely diversified subject matters. this can be performed within the ultimate bankruptcy via the rational representations of the complete linear staff. bobbing up as characters of those representations, the classical Schur polynomials are one of many keys to unification. must haves for the ebook are minimized through self-contained introductions within the early chapters. during the textual content, the various more straightforward proofs are left to the routines, and a few of the tougher ones to the references.

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Z,a, = b, has at most one solution when the associated homogeneous system (HS) z1a1 + . . + z,a, = 0, only has the trivial solution 2 1 = 0, . . , z, = 0. This happens when no aj can be written as a linear combination of the other ai's. Indeed, if aj is a linear combination of the other ai's, say CHAPTER 2. VECTOR SPACES 40 then ( H S ) has a solution set with x j = 1, hence a nontrivial solution. It is natural to say that the m-tuples al, . . ,a, are linearly independent when none is a linear combination of the others.

P,-l, P, = Po such that Mi is the midpoint between Pi-1 and Pi (1 6 i n)? When it is possible, are there many possibilities? 9. Let < 10. Let P I , Pz,. . Is it always possible to find disjoint balls Bi with center Pi (1 i 6 n) such that Bi is tangent to both Bi-1 and where BO= B, and B,+1 = B1. The problem is to find the radii of these balls, as a function of the distance of consecutive Pi's. < 11. The equation of a plane in the usual space has the form ux + by + cz = d, where a , b, c, and d are parameters depending on the plane.

Ax,a, = axial+ a ~ a 2 (by the axioms of vector spaces, valid in E ) , and similarly, the sum of two linear combinations (xlal + . . + x,a,) + (ylal + . . + ynan) = (XI + y1)al + . . + (x, + yn)an, is again a linear combination. This subspace is called the linear span of the finite subset al, a2,. . ,a, (or of the family ( a i ) l G i G n ) , and denoted by V = L(al,a2,. . , a , ) = L(ai : 1 < a < n). It is the smallest subspace containing al, a 2 , . . ,a,, since any subspace W of El containing these elements, will also contain their linear combinations, hence contain L ( a l , a 2 , ..