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    Linear subspace

    Hi everybody,

    I don't know how to show that the following sets aren't linear subspaces:

    F_1={ (x;y;z)/x+y+z=1}
    F_2={ (x;y;z)/xy=0}
    F_3={ (x;y;z)/x^2=z^2}
    ...

    Can you help me please????
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    Quote Originally Posted by lehder View Post
    Hi everybody,

    I don't know how to show that the following sets aren't linear subspaces:

    F_1={ (x;y;z)/x+y+z=1}
    F_2={ (x;y;z)/xy=0}
    F_3={ (x;y;z)/x^2=z^2}
    ...

    Can you help me please????
    To show that U is a subspace of a vector space V where U \subset V you have two things to show,

    that it is closed under scalar multiplication (for u \in U you need to show that \alpha u \in U),

    that it is closed under addition (for u, v \in U you need to show that u+v \in U).

    You need to show these two things as a subspace is a vector space contained in a bigger space, and this bigger space lends the smaller space the other properties. So all you need to prove is these two things.

    So, for F_1 you need to show that (x_1+x_2)+(y_1+y_2)+(z_1+z_2) = 1 and that \alpha x_1 + \alpha y_1 + \alpha z_1=1 for x_1+y_1+z_1=1 and x_2+y_2+z_2=1.

    Do you understand why this is what you need to show?

    Now, does this hold?

    The other two questions can be attacked similarly.
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