Math 108B, W 21 Review Outline for First Midterm
Material: Sections 5C, 6A, 6B (skip 6.22, 6.37, 6.38), 6C
You can either print out the exam and write your answers in the spaces there, or write
your answers on blank paper. Be sure to write your full name and perm number on your
Reminder: This midterm will take place on Monday 25 January from 5–6 PM (Pacific
Standard Time).
Definitions.
eigenvalue
eigenvector
eigenspace
diagonal matrix
diagonalizable operator
dot product (in Rn or Cn)
inner product
Euclidean inner product
inner product space
norm
orthogonal vectors
orthogonal decomposition of one vector relative to another
orthonormal list of vectors
orthonormal basis
linear functional
orthogonal complement
projection onto one subspace along another
[This was only discussed in class, not in the book.]
orthogonal projection onto a subspace
Symbols and Abbreviations.
diag(a1, . . . , an)
E(λ, T )
x · y
〈u, v〉
‖v‖
u ⊥ v
ONB
〈−, u〉
U⊥
P
U
Theorems. This is a list of the major theorems (and corollaries, etc.) that we have
developed so far, with phrases labelling them. You don’t need to memorize the numbers
of these theorems, but you should know the statements. (The phrases listed here are not
full statements.) The numbers are listed here to help you find things in the book.
Note: Some of these results concern arbitrary vector spaces and some concern arbitrary
inner product spaces. However, some results require the vector space or inner product
space to be finite dimensional. If “finite dimensional” is in the hypothesis of a result, it
cannot be applied to arbitrary vector spaces.
Sum of eigenspaces (5.38)
Diagonalizability theorem (conditions for diagonalizability) (5.41)
Enough eigenvalues implies diagonalizability (5.44)
Basic properties of inner products (6.7)
Basic properties of norms (6.10)
Basic properties of orthogonality (6.12)
Pythagorean Theorem (6.13)
Orthogonal decomposition (6.14)
Cauchy-Schwarz Inequality (6.15)
Triangle Inequality (6.18)
Norm of an orthonormal linear combination (6.25)
Orthonormality implies linear independence (6.26)
Orthonormal lists of the right length are ONBs (6.28)
Expressing vectors as linear combinations of an ONB (6.30)
Gram-Schmidt Procedure (6.31)
Existence of ONBs (6.34)
Extending orthonormal lists to ONBs (6.35)
Riesz Representation Theorem (6.42)
Basic properties of orthogonal complements (6.46)
Direct sum of a subspace and its orthogonal complement (6.47)
Dimensions of orthogonal complements (6.50)
Orthogonal complements of orthogonal complements (6.51)
Properties of projections [in class]
Properties of orthogonal projections (6.55)
Minimizing distance to a subspace (6.56)
Vocabulary, Grammar, Reading, Writing. Remember that mathematics is a lan-
guage as well as a subject. The vocabulary consists of words and symbols with precise
definitions. Some of these you already have in your background; the new ones appearing
in this course are listed under “Definitions” and “Symbols” above. The basic grammar of
mathematics is built up from logic and the expressions (both verbal and symbolic) used
to make mathematical statements. Vocabulary and grammar are both needed in order to
read or write a piece of mathematics.
All of these aspects of mathematical language will be tested. Questions of the following
types may appear:
Give a precise definition of the concept or symbol “· · · ”.
Give a precise statement of the theorem, lemma, proposition, or corollary “· · ·”.
Such a statement should include the complete hypotheses and the full conclu-
sion(s).
Some proofs will also be asked for – proofs of statements done in the book and/or in
class; proofs that appeared as homework problems; or proofs of new statements.
Finally, there may be questions involving small calculations.

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