From A First Course in Linear Algebra
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Summary Linear transformation with a domain smaller than the codomain, so it is guaranteed to not be onto. Happens to not be onetoone.
A linear transformation: (Definition LT)
T : {ℂ}^{3}\mathrel{↦}{ℂ}^{5},\quad T\left (\left [\array{
{x}_{1}\cr
{x}_{2}
\cr
{x}_{3} } \right ]\right ) = \left [\array{
−{x}_{1} + {x}_{2} − 3{x}_{3}
\cr
−{x}_{1} + 2{x}_{2} − 4{x}_{3}
\cr
{x}_{1} + {x}_{2} + {x}_{3}
\cr
2{x}_{1} + 3{x}_{2} + {x}_{3}
\cr
{x}_{1} + 2{x}_{3} } \right ]

A basis for the null space of the linear transformation: (Definition KLT)
\left \{\left [\array{
−2\cr
1
\cr
1 } \right ]\right \}

Injective: No. (Definition ILT)
Since the kernel is nontrivial Theorem KILT tells us that the linear transformation is
not injective. Also, since the rank can not exceed 3, we are guaranteed to have a
nullity of at least 2, just from checking dimensions of the domain and the
codomain. In particular, verify that
This demonstration that T is not injective is constructed with the observation that
so the vector z effectively “does nothing” in the evaluation of T.
A basis for the range of the linear transformation: (Definition RLT)
Evaluate the linear transformation on a standard basis to get a spanning set for
the range (Theorem SSRLT):
\left \{\left [\array{
−1\cr
−1
\cr
1\cr
2
\cr
1 } \right ],\kern 1.95872pt \left [\array{
1\cr
2
\cr
1\cr
3
\cr
0 } \right ],\kern 1.95872pt \left [\array{
−3\cr
−4
\cr
1\cr
1
\cr
2 } \right ]\right \}

If the linear transformation is injective, then the set above is guaranteed to be linearly independent (Theorem ILTLI). This spanning set may be converted to a “nice” basis, by making the vectors the rows of a matrix (perhaps after using a vector reperesentation), rowreducing, and retaining the nonzero rows (Theorem BRS), and perhaps uncoordinatizing. A basis for the range is:
\left \{\left [\array{
1\cr
0
\cr
−3\cr
−7
\cr
−2 } \right ],\kern 1.95872pt \left [\array{
0\cr
1
\cr
2\cr
5
\cr
1 } \right ]\right \}

Subspace dimensions associated with the linear transformation. Examine parallels with earlier results for matrices. Verify Theorem RPNDD.
Surjective: No. (Definition SLT)
The dimension of the range is 2, and the codomain
({ℂ}^{5}) has
dimension 5. So the transformation is not onto. Notice too that since the domain
{ℂ}^{3} has
dimension 3, it is impossible for the range to have a dimension greater than 3, and
no matter what the actual definition of the function, it cannot possibly be
onto.
To be more precise, verify that \left [\array{ 2\cr 3 \cr 1\cr 1 \cr 1 } \right ]∉ℛ\kern 1.95872pt \left (T\right ), by setting the output equal to this vector and seeing that the resulting system of linear equations has no solution, i.e. is inconsistent. So the preimage, {T}^{−1}\left (\left [\array{ 2\cr 3 \cr 1\cr 1 \cr 1 } \right ]\right ), is empty. This alone is sufficient to see that the linear transformation is not onto.
Invertible: No.
Not injective, and the relative dimensions of the domain and codomain prohibit
any possibility of being surjective.
Matrix representation (Theorem MLTCV):
T : {ℂ}^{3}\mathrel{↦}{ℂ}^{5},\quad T\left (x\right ) = Ax,\quad A = \left [\array{
−1&1&−3\cr
−1 &2 &−4
\cr
1 &1& 1\cr
2 &3 & 1
\cr
1 &0& 2 } \right ]
