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**blackwrx** I just need some guidance in starting these proofs, i.e. where to start with them.

1. Let V be a finite-dimensional inner product space over F, and let U be a subspace of V . Prove that the orthogonal complement U⊥ of U with respect to the inner product <· , ·> on V satisfies

dim(U⊥) = dim(V ) − dim(U).

Take basis for $\displaystyle U\,,\,\,U^{\perp}$ and show that their set theoretical union is a basis for the whole space

2. Let V be a finite-dimensional inner product space over F, and suppose that P ∈ L(V ) is a linear operator on V having the following two properties:

(a) Given any vector v ∈ V , P(P(v)) = P(v). I.e., P2 = P.

(b) Given any vector u ∈ null(P) and any vector v ∈ range(P), <u, v> = 0.

Prove that P is an orthogonal projection.

Definition of orthogonal projection

3. Prove or give a counterexample: For any n ≥ 1 and A ∈ Cn×n, one has

null(A) = (range(A))⊥.

What is Cnxn , anyway?

Tonio

I am fairly new to proof writing and am just looking on some ideas to help

Thanks in advance.