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Let z be a fixed element of C and let f E Vd be the `evaluation at z' map given by f(P)=P(z) (VPEV) Show that there is no q E V such that (Vp E V) f (p) = (pjq). [Hint. Suppose that such a q exists. Let r E V be given by r(t) = t - z and show that, for every p E V, 0= f 1 r(t) p(t) q(t) dt. ] For the rest of this question let V continue to be the vector space of polynomials over C with the above inner product. If p E V is given by p(t) = aktk define p E V by f(t) _ aktk, and let fp : V -* V be given by (dq E V) fp(q) = Pq where, as usual, (pq)(t) = p(t)q(t).

Hint. Suppose that D* exists and show that, for all p, q E V, (p I D(q) + D*(q)) = P(1)9(1) - P(0)4(0) Suppose now that q is a fixed element of V such that q(0) = 0 and q(1) = 1. 21 Let C[O,1] be the inner product space of real continuous functions on [0, 11 with the integral inner product. Let K : C[O,1] -+ C[0,1] be the integral operator defined by K(f) = f xyf(y) dy. 1 Prove that K is self-adjoint. For every positive integer n let f, be given by 2 fn(x) = xn - n+2* Show that fn is an eigenfunction of K with associated eigenvalue 0.

Prove that there is a basis of IRn with respect to which Q f and Qg are each represented by sums of squares. For every x E IRn let f, E (IRn)d be given by f,, (y) = f (x, y). Call f degenerate if there exists x E IRn with ff = 0. Determine the scalars A E IR such that g - A f is degenerate. Show that such scalars are the 29 Linear algebra Book 4 roots of the equation det(B - AA) = 0 where A, B represent f, g relative to some basis of IR'. By considering the quadratic forms 2xy + 2yz and x2 - y2 + 2xz show that the result in the first paragraph fails if neither f nor g is positive definite.