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$\mathbb{A}^{2}$ not isomorphic to affine space minus the origin

Why is the affine space $\mathbb{A}^{2}$ not isomorphic to $\mathbb{A}^{2}$ minus the origin?
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The vanishing ideal $I_{K[x,y]}(A\!\times\!B)$ is generated by $I_{K[x]}(A) \cup I_{K[y]}(B)$?

Let $K$ be a field, $x=(x_1,\ldots,x_m)$, $y=(y_1,\ldots,y_n)$, $A\!\subseteq\!\mathbb{A}^m_K$, $B\!\subseteq\!\mathbb{A}^n_K$. Does there hold $$I_{K[x,y]}(A\!\times\!B)=\langle\langle I_{K[x]}(A) \...
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Do any books or articles develop basic Euclidean geometry from the perspective of “inner product affine spaces”?

Definitions. By a vector space, I simply mean an $\mathbb{R}$-module. By an affine space, I mean a vector space $X$ (the "translation space") together with a set $P$ (of "points"), together with an ...
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What is the difference between linear and affine function

I am a bit confused. What is the difference between a linear and affine function? Any suggestions will be appreciated
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What are affine spaces for?

I'm studying affine spaces but I can't understand what they are for. Could you explain them to me? Why are they important, and when are they used? Thanks a lot.
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Decomposition of a nonsquare affine matrix

I have a $2\times 3$ affine matrix $$ M = \pmatrix{a &b &c\\ d &e &f} $$ which transforms a point $(x,y)$ into $x' = a x + by + c, y' = d x + e y + f$ Is there a way to ...
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Proof $\mathbb{A}^n$ is irreducible, without Nullstellensatz

As the title suggests, could anyone either provide me with or direct me to a proof that affine n-space $\mathbb{A}^n$ is irreducible, without using the Nullstellensatz? This is an exercise in a ...
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Cross-ratio relations

The way I define the cross-ratio in projectve geometry: Let $P_0,P_1,P_2,P_3$ being four points on a projective line G, such that $P_0,P_1,P_2$ are pairwise distinct. Let $\pi:\mathbb KP^1\rightarrow ...
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What are differences between affine space and vector space?

I know smilar questions have been asked and I have looked at them but none of them seems to have satisfactory answer. I am reading the book a course in mathematics for student of physics vol. 1 by ...
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fitting points into partitions of a square

A friend of mine came up with the following problem: Let $\{X_1, X_2, ..., X_n\}$ be an arbitrary finite partition of the unit square $[0, 1]^2$. Let $\{P_1, P_2, ..., P_m\}$ be a finite set of ...
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Is every convex-linear map an affine map?

Let's say that a map $f: V \rightarrow W$ between finite-dimensional real vector spaces is convex-linear if $f(\lambda x + (1-\lambda)y) = \lambda f(x) + (1-\lambda)f(y)$ for all $\lambda \in [0,1]$. ...
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Difference between Projective Geometry and Affine Geometry

I recently started reading the book Multiple View Geometry by Hartley and Zisserman. In the first chapter I came across the following concepts.. Projective geometry is an extension of Euclidean ...
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Product of two algebraic varieties is affine… are the two varieties affine?

Let $X_1$ and $X_2$ two algebraic varieties such that their product $X_1\times X_2$ is affine. Are $X_1$ and $X_2$ affine then? If this is not true, could you give a counterexample?
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Is perspective transform affine? If it is, why it's impossible to perspective a square by an affine transform, given by matrix and shift vector?

I'm a bit confused. I want to program a perspective transformation and thought that it is an affine one, but seemingly it is not. As an example, I want to perspective a square into a quadrilateral (as ...
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Effect the zero vector has on the dimension of affine hulls and linear hulls

I am currently working through "An Introduction to Convex Polytopes" by Arne Brondsted and there is a question in the exercises that I would like a hint, or a nudge in the right direction, please no ...
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Affine space $A^n$ and definition of difference.

I'm not sure if this question would be more appropriate in Physics.SE, if so let me know. I need help in understanding this quote from "Arnold - Mathematical Methods in Classical Mechanics" (This is ...
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All polynomial parametric curves in $k^2$ are contained in affine algebraic varieties

I have started working through the textbook Ideals, Varieties, and Algorithms by Cox, Little, and O'Shea and I am stuck on one part of an introductory question. The question begins by getting one to ...
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dimension of quotient space

I am confused about the following: In Wiki: => dim(vector space) - dim(subspace) = dim(quotient space) In S. Boyd's textbook of cvx (p.22) => dim(subspace) = dim(affine set) Problem: ...
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Bijection $f: \mathbb{R}^2 \rightarrow \mathbb{R}^2$ preserves collinearity $\iff \ \ f(x)=Ax+b$

I don't know how to prove the following: Bijection $f: \mathbb{R}^2 \rightarrow \mathbb{R}^2$ preserves collinearity $\iff \ \ f(x)=Ax+b$, where $A \in GL_2(\mathbb{R})$, $b$ is a fixed vector in $\...
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Centre of a quadric

I found the following sentence in my linear linear algebra book (affine and projective geometry): $Q:V \to \mathbb{K}$ is a quadric (quadratic function) and $\alpha\in Aff(V)$. $Aff(V)$ is the set of ...
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Sufficient condition for a function to be affine

If for a function $f:\mathbb{R}\to\mathbb{R}$, I can prove for any real $x,y$, that $f(\frac{x+y}{2})=\frac{f(x)}{2}+\frac{f(y)}{2}$, can I say for sure that it is affine, as in of the form $f(x)=ax+b$...
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Computing irreducible components of algebraic set

Consider the algebraic set $V(X^2-YZ,X-XZ)$. Find the irreducible components of this set and show that $I(V)=(X^2-YZ,X-XZ)$. I reasoned that $X-XZ=0$ iff $X=0$ or $Z=1$. If $X=0$, we get $Y=0$ or $Z=...
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Definition of an affine subspace

I am reading this introduction to Mechanics and the definition it gives (just after Proposition 1.1.2) for an affine subspace puzzles me. I cite: A subset $B$ of a $\mathbb{R}$-affine space $A$ ...
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Affine sets and affine hull

Mathematically an affine hull can be expressed as $ Aff[C] = \{\theta_1x_1 + \theta_2x_2 .... \theta_nx_n| x_i \in C \ \ \sum_{i=1}^{n}\theta_i = 1 \}$ Intuitively can anyone explain what this ...
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Rigorous definition of “oriented line” in an Euclidean affine space

Let $\mathcal{A}^n$ be an affine space of dimension $n$. For example, let's take $n=3$. A line $\mathcal{s}$ of $\mathcal{A}^3$ is an affine subspace of dimension $1$, that is: $\mathcal{s}=\{P \...
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Is a similarity map necessarily affine linear?

My text on fractal geometry introduces the following definition: A map $S: \mathbb R^n \to \mathbb R^n$ is called a similarity map if $$\exists c>0 \ \forall x,y \in \mathbb R^n: |S(x)-S(y)|=c|...
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Affine transformation matrix coefficients

In an affine transformation $x \mapsto Ax+b$, $b$ represents the translation; but what does the matrix $A$ represent exactly? In a 2D example, $A$ is a $2\times 2$ matrix, but what does each term ...
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Affine Subspace Confusion

I'm having some trouble deciphering the wording of a problem. I'm given $V$ a vector space over a field $\mathbb{F}$. Letting $v_1$ and $v_2$ be distinct elements of $V$, define the set $L\subseteq ...
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projective geometry hyperplane

For $j=0,\ldots,n$ consider the affine hyperplane $A_j:=e_j+\langle e_0,\ldots,e_{j-1},e_{j+1},\ldots,e_n\rangle$ in $\mathbb K^{n+1}$ and the associated embedding $\tau_j:\mathbb K^n\rightarrow\...
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The Mean Value Property and Affine Functions

I need some hints to solve the following: A function $f(t)$ on an interval $I = (a,b)$ has the mean value property if $f(\frac{s+t}{2}) = \frac{f(s)+f(t)}{2}$ where $s,t\in{I}$. Show that any ...
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Get affine transformation matrix from two positions of the object

I have an object in 3d space which is represented by the set of vertices. Then I scale this object, rotate it and translate. After these operations I get the second set of vertices with new ...
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Dimension of the intersection of affine subspaces

Let $\alpha,\beta,a,b,c \in \mathbb{R}.$ Consider three affine planes in the affine space $\mathbb{R}^{3}$: $P_{1}$ of equation $x+2y+\beta z=a$, $P_2$ of equation $2x+y=b$, $P_{3}$ of equation $\...
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alternative definition of Affine map

Let $f:X\longrightarrow Y$ be a function on real vector spaces (note that $X,Y$ have arbitrary dimensions). If $T(x)=f(x)-f(0)$ is linear, $f$ is called an affine map. Prove that $f$ is affine if ...
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Are quasiaffine subsets of $\mathbb{A}_F^n$ always necessarily open or closed?

Something I was wondering about lately, suppose $\mathbb{A}_F^n$ is affine space over a field $F$ which is algebraically closed. When I say a quasi-affine set, I mean a set that is locally closed, so ...
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Can all affine transformations be just expressed as a combination of the common transformations we are taught?

(At the time I was writing these questions, I forgot about Projection, and was focusing on isomorphic transformations, so I suspect I may have made some mistake with my presumption in 1. — please ...
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Equation of a line in homogenous coordinates given 2 points in affine coordinates

So if I have 2 points $A$ and $B$ such that $F(A) = (1; a, a^3)$, and $F(B) = (1; b, b^3)$. how do I find the equation of this line in homogeneous coordinates? So I know how to get a line the "...
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Formula of signed distance from hyperplane to point

Let $H$ be a hyperplane defined by the points $p_1, p_2, ..., p_n$ and single point $x$ generally out of the hyperplane. Is there any formula to calculate the signed distance between $x$ and $H$? I ...