Determinant and Jacobian

Today I started my linear algebra class by motivating the determinant using a little bit of history and applications. In particular I talked about determinant appearing in the change of variables in integration of multivariate functions in calculus:Selection_183.pngThen after the class I noticed that my picture of what happens when we linearize the image wasn’t very clear as I had drawn it. So I decided to take a look at an actual example. The following code takes a function f that maps \mathbb{R}^2 to \mathbb{R}^2 and draws three regions:

  • the unit cube in blue,
  • the image of the unit cube under f in red, and
  • the linearization of the image by Jacobian of f at the origin
def show_linearization(f,n=100):
    # f is a function that maps R^2 to R^2 for example
    # f(x,y) = ((x^2+2*(x+2)*(y+1))/4-1,y^2-(x+1)*y)
    # The output is three areas:
        # the unit cube
        # the image of unit cube under f
        # the linearization of the image using the Jacobian of f at (0,0)
    var('x y')
    A = jacobian(f,(x,y))(0,0)
    p = f(0,0)
    domxy = []
    imgxy = []
    jacxy = []
    for i in range(n+1):
        for j in range(n+1):
    P = points(domxy,color="blue",aspect_ratio=1, alpha = .3)
    Q = points(imgxy,color="red",aspect_ratio=1, alpha = .3)
    R = points(jacxy,color="green",aspect_ratio=1, alpha = .3)

Here is a sample run:

f(x,y) = ((x^2+2*(x+2)*(y+1))/4-1,y^2-(x+1)*y)

and the output is:


I chose the function in a way that f(0,0)=(0,0) for simplicity. Here it is on sage cell server for you to play around with it: link.

What do you think? Any suggestions or comments?


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