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

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• Mar 17th 2010, 04:29 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)
• Mar 17th 2010, 05:39 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)

$-ax+b+ax+b=2b\notin \left\{mx+n:m,n\in\mathbb{R}-\{0\}\right\}$
• Mar 17th 2010, 05:52 PM
ephemeral1
Could you elaborate on your answer? I don't understand the last part of your answer. The one with R-{0}}. Thank you.
• Mar 17th 2010, 06:04 PM
Drexel28
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Originally Posted by ephemeral1
Could you elaborate on your answer? I don't understand the last part of your answer. The one with R-{0}}. Thank you.

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.