# Find one basis of kernel, one basis of image of the linear transformation and it's defect

Find one basis of kernel, one basis of image of the linear transformation $T:\mathcal{M}_{2\times 2}(\mathbb{R})\rightarrow \mathcal{M}_{2\times 3}(\mathbb{R})$ and defect of $T$ where $T(X)=X \begin{bmatrix} 0 & 0 & 0 \\ 2 & -2 & 4 \\ \end{bmatrix}+3\cdot trace(X) \begin{bmatrix} 3 & -3 & 6 \\ -1 & 1 & -2 \\ \end{bmatrix}$

I don't know how to find the matrix of $T$. Is it $6\times 4$ matrix?

Could someone show how to find matrix of $T$?

Also, what is the defect of a linear transformation? I am familiar with the idea of defective matrix. Defective matrix is a square matrix that is not diagonalizable. What would be the defect of a matrix? What if a matrix is not squared (like in this case)?

The space of $2\times 2$ matrices has as basis the elementary matrices $e_{11},e_{12},e_{21},e_{22}$ with a $1$ in the $ij$ position and $0$ elsewhere, so you can calculate the matrix of $T$ relative to this basis and with the corresponding basis of the space of $2\times 3$ matrices. Note that $e_{ij}$ has trace $0$ if $i\neq j$ and trace $1$ if $i=j$, so that
By looking at matrices as row vectors, say, you can consider $T$ as a transformation $T:\Bbb R^4\to\Bbb R^6$ using the isomorphisms that send canonical elementary matrices to canonical row vectors. If we use the order $e_{11},e_{12},e_{21},e_{22}$ and send it to $e_1,e_2,e_3,e_4$ and use the order $e_{11},e_{12},e_{13},e_{21},e_{22},e_{23}$ and send it to $e_1,\cdots,e_6$, we get the matrix $$\begin{pmatrix} 2&9&0&9\\-2 &-9&0&-9 \\4&18&0&18\\0&-3&0&-1\\0&3&0&1\\0&-6&0&-2\end{pmatrix}$$
Suppose that we have linear transformations $f:V\to W$ and $g:W\to Z$ for which $gf=0$, over finite dimensional vector spaces, and that $gf=0$. One then calls $$d=\dim W-\operatorname{rank}{f}-\operatorname{rank}{g}$$
the "defect". If one knows some homological algebra, $d$ is the dimension of the quotient space $\ker g/{\rm im}\, f$ which is the homology of $$V\longrightarrow W\longrightarrow Z$$ at $W$, since $\dim\ker g=\dim W-\operatorname{rank}g$ by the rank-nullity theorem.
• ♦ Thanks for detailed explanation. The matrix of $T$ is not squared, so what is it's defect? – user300048 Dec 24 '15 at 18:23