# Prove that the set is not a subspace of vector space

• March 17th 2010, 05:29 PM
ephemeral1
Prove that the set is not a subspace of vector space
How can I verify that the following is not a subspace of the vector space with an example?

W is the set of all linear functions ax+b, where are is not equal to 0, in C(-infiniti, infiniti)
• March 17th 2010, 06:39 PM
Drexel28
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Originally Posted by ephemeral1
How can I verify that the following is not a subspace of the vector space with an example?

W is the set of all linear functions ax+b, where are is not equal to 0, in C(-infiniti, infiniti)

$-ax+b+ax+b=2b\notin \left\{mx+n:m,n\in\mathbb{R}-\{0\}\right\}$
• March 17th 2010, 06:52 PM
ephemeral1
If you take $x+1$ and $-x+1$ they are both in the set. But, $x+1+-x+1=2$ is not since it's leading coefficient is zero.