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This programme looks at the problem of specifying a vector in a three dimensional space and demonstrates a simple method of calculating the linear combination of basis vectors which will specify an...d vector. (This programme was re-edited in 1995 as FOUM469Y)
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Module code and title: M203, Introduction to pure mathematics
Item code: M203; 05
First transmission date: 1980
Published: 1980
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Duration: 00:24:24
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Producer: Martin Wright
Contributors: Norman Gowar; Robin Wilson
Publisher: BBC Open University
Keyword(s): Basis vectors; Linear combination; Linear dependence; Linear independence
Subject terms: Geometry, Algebraic; Linear algebraic groups; Orthogonal polynomials
Footage description: Norman Gowar discusses the problem of specify a vector. He explains how a vector in a two dimensional plane can be described as a linear combination of two vectors. In such a plane two linearly independent vector form a sufficient basis to describe any vector. He now examines a vector in a three dimensional plane. A full description of this requires three linearly independent vectors. Three such vectors form a basis. He then shows how two vectors can be shown to be linearly independent. This technique also applies to three vectors in a three dimensional plane. Robin Wilson now works through an example to test this result. He then solves a further equation to express a vector q as a linear combination of vectors x, y and z. This requires the resolution of three simultaneous equations. As this procedure can be tedious he looks for a simpler method of solving these problems. This relies upon the vectors x, y and z forming an orthogonal basis. Vectors are orthogonal if they are at right angles. Such vectors are also linearly independent. Robin explains how to test for when two vectors are orthogonal and then works through some examples to demonstrate the techniques Norman Gowar discusses the significance of this result. Robin Wilson then works through a further example, using the fact that the vectors are orthogonal, to specify the vector q in terms of vectors x, y and z. He then goes on to discuss the importance of the orthonormal base. This is a basis in which the vectors are orthogonal and each vector in it has length 1. Norman Gowar reviews the findings of the programme
Master spool number: HOU2853
Production number: FOUM006N
Available to public: no