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May 3rd, 2018, 05:22 AM   #1
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Length of vectors

Hey! I need some help with this task:

Suppose that u1,u2 is an orthonormal basis of R2, that means u1*u2=0 and ui*ui=1, i=1,2.
Let y=[<y1,y2>] be a vector in R2 and v = y1u1 + y2u2. Show that the vectors y and v are equal in length.

The v vector is a sum of two scalar products. I don't see how I can calculate the length directly.

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Hey! I need some help with this task:

Suppose that u1,u2 is an orthonormal basis of R2, that means u1*u2=0 and ui*ui=1, i=1,2.
Let y=[<y1,y2>] be a vector in R2 and v = y1u1 + y2u2. Show that the vectors y and v are equal in length.

The v vector is a sum of two scalar products. I don't see how I can calculate the length directly.

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$v$ is the sum of two weighted vectors.

$y_1,~y_2$ are elements of a vector, not vectors themselves.

In this case the easiest route is probably

$\begin {align*}

&\|v\| = \sqrt{v\cdot v} = \\ \\

&\sqrt{(y_1 u_1 + y_2 u_2)\cdot (y_1 u_1 + y_2 u_2)} = \\ \\

&\sqrt{2y_1 y_2 u_1 \cdot u_2 + y_1^2 u_1\cdot u_1 + y_2^2 u_2 \cdot u_2} = \\ \\

&\sqrt{0 + y_1^2 + y_2^2} = \\ \\

&\sqrt{y_1^2 + y_2^2} = \\ \\

&\|y\|

\end{align*}$
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