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    i know that the set of homomorphisms from R2 to R2 is a vector space but is it isomorphic to R2? or am i just wrong. completely wrong.
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    No it's not. Hom(R^2,R^2) is the set of linear maps from R^2 to R^2, which can easily be identified with 2x2 matrices (which is isomorphic to R^4 as a real vector space)
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    (Original post by SimonM)
    No it's not. Hom(R^2,R^2) is the set of linear maps from R^2 to R^2, which can easily be identified with 2x2 matrices (which is isomorphic to R^4 as a real vector space)
    yea thats what i thought, someone said it was isomorphic to r^2 but as i was posting it i thought you'd need the matrices (1 0, 0 0) ( 0 1, 0 0) and so on to be able to create any matrix which is a linear map from r^2 to r^2 thanks for clarifying that
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    (Original post by SimonM)
    No it's not. Hom(R^2,R^2) is the set of linear maps from R^2 to R^2, which can easily be identified with 2x2 matrices (which is isomorphic to R^4 as a real vector space)
    okay quick question, theres a one to one correspondence with K^2x2 for "a given basis", does this matter? if its isomorphic we're assuming its injective but by the definition of hom do we choose a given basis? cause if we can consider all basis then i'm starting to doubt in my head its isomorphic

    but i'm assuming its because we only consider a fixed basis in R^2 which gets mapped to something else?

    basically am i right in thinking Hom(R^2,R^2) = set of transformations with respect to a given basis of R^2 which are mapped to R^2?
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    (Original post by Chaoslord)
    okay quick question, theres a one to one correspondence with K^2x2 for "a given basis", does this matter? if its isomorphic we're assuming its injective but by the definition of hom do we choose a given basis? cause if we can consider all basis then i'm starting to doubt in my head its isomorphic

    but i'm assuming its because we only consider a fixed basis in R^2 which gets mapped to something else?

    basically am i right in thinking Hom(R^2,R^2) = set of transformations with respect to a given basis of R^2 which are mapped to R^2?
    Hom(V, W) is independent of basis, but (just like any vector space) can be given a basis itself, and any vector space U over F is isomorphic to F^n for some n, with isomorphism determined by choosing a basis.
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    (Original post by generalebriety)
    Hom(V, W) is independent of basis, but (just like any vector space) can be given a basis itself, and any vector space U over F is isomorphic to F^n for some n, with isomorphism determined by choosing a basis.
    alright cool i think i get it, cheers
 
 
 
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