Let V be vector space with dim(V)=n. And let U,W be subspaces with n-1 dimension each,I need to prove that: U+W=V if and only if U!=W
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I'll assume you know how to prove that if then (it is trivial).
Assume U,W are subspaces of V with such that .
Let be a basis for W.
Let (we know one such element exists otherwise since ).
Then u is not spanned by , otherwise it would be an element of W (by definition). Then, is an independent set and obviously and therefore it is a basis of V.
This gives us that .
However, obviously there can be no element in that is not in V since they are subspaces, therefore
By the way, what uni are you studying in?