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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 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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$\mathbb{A}^{2}$ 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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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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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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What *is* affine space?

In my recent reading of various books and notes on algebraic geometry and scheme theory, I have come across three definitions of affine $n$-space over a field $k$: $\mathbb{A}_k^n$ is $k^n$ 'without ...
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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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Why is the affine hull of the unit circle $\mathbb R^2$?

In Boyd's "Convex Optimization" it defines the affine hull of a subset $C$ of $\mathbb R^n$ as $$\text{aff} C = \left\{\theta_1 x_1 + \ldots +\theta_k x_k \mid x_1, \ldots x_k \in C, \theta_1 + ...
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Transformations that map points inside the sphere to points inside the sphere

I am trying to figure out what is the most general linear transformation that maps points inside the unit sphere to points inside the unit sphere. I am slightly abusing the word linear here by ...
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Two affine varieties are not isomorphic

Given the affine variety $A:=Z(y^{2}-P(x)) \subset \mathbb{C} ^{2} $, where $P(x)$ is a polynomial with $\deg P \geq 2$, I need to show that $A$ is not isomorphic to $ \mathbb{C}$. I know it ...
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Definition of Affine Independence in Brondsted's Convex Polytopes?

At one point in the book (An Introduction to Convex Polytopes, by Arne Brondsted) a definition of affine independence is given as follows, An n-family $(x_{1},...,x_{n})$ of points from ...
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Intersection of affine varieties is affine

Let $M,N\subset\mathbb{P}^n$ quasiprojective varieties such that there exist isomorphisms $i\colon M\rightarrow Z(a)\subset \mathbb{A}^m$ and $j\colon N\rightarrow Z(b)\subset \mathbb{A}^m$ for ideals ...
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Existence of a special set of q+2 points in the finite affine plane over $\mathbb F_q$

I am working in the finite affine plane over $\mathbb F_q$ with $q=2^n$. Such a plane has $q^2$ points, $q^2+q$ lines, each line has $q$ points, and by a point is passing $q+1$ lines. There are $q+1$ ...
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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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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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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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Showing that if $fg=gf$ and $fh=hf$, then $gh=hg$, where $f$, $g$, and $h$ are affine functions

Given real numbers $a$ and $b$ ($a \ne 0$), let $f_{a,b}$ be the function $\mathbb{R} \to \mathbb{R}$ defined by $x \mapsto ax+b$. The set of such functions is a permutation group on $\mathbb{R}$, ...
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What is an affine space?

I am having trouble understanding what an affine space is. I am reading Metric Affine Geometry by Snapper and Troyer. On page 5, they say: "The upshot is that, even in the affine plane, one can ...
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Affine Independence $\iff$ Linearly Independent

I guess I'm having some trouble getting my head around the notion of affine independence. As I've been taught, a set of vectors $\{\vec{x_1},\ldots,\vec{x_n}\}\subset \mathbb{R}^d$ is affinely ...
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About the ramification locus of a morphism with zero dimensional fibers

This question arises from my somewhat frustrating attempts to understand what etale means (in the world of algebraic varieties for now) and marry the more advanced algebraic geometry references and ...
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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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Term for similarity transformation which is not a translation

What's the best (i.e. most concise) term to refer to an orientation-preserving similarity transformation which is not a translation? Here are some descriptions I could think of, but all of them feel ...
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Why are $xy=0$ and $x^2-x=0$ not isomorphic?

I'm not sure how to rigourously back up my intuition that the curves given by $x^2-x=0$ and $xy=0$ in $\mathbb{A}^2_k$ are not isomorphic. If I denote the varieties as $V_1=V(xy)$ and ...
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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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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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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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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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Differences and similarities between Euclidean and Minkowski geometry

I am trying to get my head around the differences and similarities between Euclidean and Minkowski plane geometry. AS far as I understand it they are both affine geometries meaning the parallel ...
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What does affine invariance mean in the context of the Newton's method?

The textbook Numerical Solution of Boundary Value Problems for Ordinary Differential Equations (by Ascher, Mattheij, and Russell) states on page 329: [W]e observe that Newton's method is affine ...
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Is the cone over Grassmannian manifold $Gr_2(\mathbb{C}^n)$ an open set of a determinantal variety?

Let $Gr_2(\mathbb{C}^n)$ the Grassmann manifold of the planes in $\mathbb{C}^n$. It is, via Plucker embedding, a projective variety. If we consider the cone $C$ over $Gr_2(\mathbb{C}^n)$, is it ...
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Is it true that blowing up a quasi-affine variety at a nonsingular point never introduces new singularities?

If we let $M$ be a quasi-affine variety, is it true in general that the blowup of $M$ at a non-singular point $p$ does not introduce new singularities? I came across this statement in my reading, but ...
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Describing $\mathbb{P}(\mathcal{O}_{\mathbb{P}^1} \oplus \mathcal{O}_{\mathbb{P}^1}(m))$ as gluing of affine charts

How can we describe $\mathbb{P}(\mathcal{O}_{\mathbb{P}^1} \oplus \mathcal{O}_{\mathbb{P}^1}(m))$ as a gluing of affine charts? I'm having trouble with this problem, perhaps because I don't understand ...
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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 ...
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Polar form of (univariate) polynomials: looking for a proof

Recently I stumbled upon the following theorem — I'd like to read a comprehensible (i.e. understandable for an engineer) proof for it: Given a polynomial $F(t)$ of degree $n$, there exists a ...
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Prove that $\mathbb{A}^1 - \{p_1, \dots, p_n\}$ and $\mathbb{A}^1 - \{q_1, \dots, q_m\}$ are not isomorphic for $n \neq m$

I want to prove that $\mathbb{A}^1 - \{p_1, \dots, p_n\}$ and $\mathbb{A}^1 - \{q_1, \dots, q_m\}$ are not isomorphic for $n \neq m$, where the $p$'s and $q$'s are points. This is one of those ...
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Affine group, semi-direct product and linear transformations

According to wikipedia the Affine group is the semi-direct product of a vector space $V$ and the general linear group $GL(V)$. Here is the definition of the semi-direct product in terms of matrices ...
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Why is $\text{Mor}_{\mathrm{reg}}(*,W)\to \text{Hom}_{k-\mathrm{alg}}(k[W],k[*])$ not surjective when $W=\mathbb{A}^2\setminus\{(0,0)\}$.

Suppose we're working over an algebraically closed field $k$. If $V\subseteq\mathbb{A}^n$ and $W\subseteq\mathbb{A}^m$ are affine algebraic sets, there is a well known bijective correspondence $$ ...
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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 ...
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Closed subset of an affine variety… is it affine?

Preliminaries So, first of all let me give you the definitions I'm dealing with. Let $k$ be an algebraically closed field, and $\mathbb{A}^n = k^n$. An affine variety is a closed and irreducible ...
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How can affine coordinate rings be canonically identified as $k$-algebras?

Exercise 1.5 of Hartshorne asks us to show (in one direction) that any affine coordinate ring $k[x_1,\dots,x_n]/I(Y)$ is a finitely-generated $k$-algebra with no nilpotents. The second part is quite ...
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Product of affine varieties is the product of topological spaces

Let $k$ be an algebraically closed field, and $A, B$ affine $k$-algebras. We can define a functor $\mathfrak F$ from the category of affine $k$-algebras to that of affine algebraic varieties, by ...
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Theory and problems book in euclidean, affine, and projective geometry

Could you recommend a rich, clear, and complete theory book on euclidean, affine and projective spaces (i.e., "geometry"); and an interesting exercise book full of non-trivial problems and exercises?
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Domain of definition of $(1-y)/x$ on $x^2+y^2=1$?

I'm self-teaching myself some basic algebraic geometry, and I wanted to double check something that seems too easy. An exercise sheet I found asks to compute the domain of definition of the rational ...
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How to determine the period of a binary matrix?

As a part of my research project, I encounter a difficulty to compute the period of a binary cat matrix $C$, which is a square matrix of dimension $n$ with the following properties $|\rm{det}(C)|=1$ ...
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Complement of a line in $\mathbb{A}^2$ as an algebraic variety

I just started reading notes from an algebraic geometry course, and I'm curious about whether the complement of a line in $\mathbb{A}^2$ is always an algebraic variety. If so, what does it's ...
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Affine Spaces and Affine transformations

Can anyone please recommend a book that describes Affine Spaces and Affine Transformations? Many books i saw described it very briefly. Can anyone please suggest a book that deals with it in detail? ...
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Difference between Euclidean space and $\mathbb R^3$

What is the difference between Euclidean space and $\mathbb R^3$? I have found in some books that they are the same, but in other references like Wikipedia, it says that a vector in $\mathbb R^3$ is ...
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local parameter on an irreducible affine algebraic curve

On page 14 of Shafarevich's Basic Algebraic Geometry 1, it is stated that for an irreducible affine algebraic curve $X: f(x,y) = 0$, and a nonsingular point $P \in X$, there is a regular function $t$ ...
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Varieties strict inclusion infinitely long

Let $F$ be a field, and consider the affine space $F^n$. Could there be affine varieties $V_1,V_2,\ldots\subseteq F^n$ such that $V_1\supset V_2\supset\cdots$, and no two are equal?
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Prove, in this figure, that $EFGH$ is a parallelogram

In the following figure, $ABCD$ is a parallelogram, and $O$ is any point. Parallelograms $OAEB, OBFC, OCGD, ODHA$ are completed. Prove that $EFGH$ is a parallelogram. We can obtain a fairly trivial ...