Exhibit a basis for the given space and prove that it is a basis.

The space of 2 x 2 matrices.

I don't understand how to this at all, can someone take me through this example step by step and kind of explain why/concepts involved.

Thanks so much.

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- Feb 8th 2010, 08:40 PMmillerstBasis
Exhibit a basis for the given space and prove that it is a basis.

The space of 2 x 2 matrices.

I don't understand how to this at all, can someone take me through this example step by step and kind of explain why/concepts involved.

Thanks so much. - Feb 9th 2010, 01:28 AMRoam
- Feb 9th 2010, 03:59 AMHallsofIvy
I can't understand what Roam said at all since the words "independent" and "spanning" apply to sets of vectors, not individual vectors or matrices.

millerst, you probably know that a basis for, say, , the set of quadruples, (a, b, c, d), is {(1, 0, 0, 0), (0, 1, 0, 0), (0, 0, 1, 0), (0, 0, 0, 1)} since we can write (a, b, c, d)= (a, 0, 0, 0)+ (0, b, 0, 0)+ (0, 0, c, 0)+ (0, 0, 0, d)= a(1, 0, 0, 0)+ b(0, 1, 0, 0)+ c(0, 0, 1, 0)+ d(0, 0, 0, 1).

Okay, any matrix in your space can be written as

You want matrices M1, M2, M3, M4 so that

there are obvious matrices that do that. - Feb 9th 2010, 10:57 AMRoam
The standard basis for consists of the following four matrices:

Because the space of 2x2 matrices has dimension 4, so can't be spanned by just two vectors.

Sorry for my carelessness...