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    I am having trouble understanding linear space and subspace. For example:
    Given that set k \subseteq R^4 and k = \{(5, -5, 0, 0)\}
    Prove that k is not a subspace of R^4.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jayshizwiz View Post
    I am having trouble understanding linear space and subspace. For example:
    Given that set k \subseteq R^4 and k = \{(5, -5, 0, 0)\}
    Prove that k is not a subspace of R^4.
    You are saying that k contains the single vector v= (5, -5, 0, 0)? A subspace must be closed under addition. Is x+ x in the subspace?

    Or- a subspace must be closed under scalar multiplication. Is 5x in k?

    Or- a subspace must contain additive inverses. What is the additive inverse of x? Is it in k?

    Or- a subspace must contain the 0 vector. Is the 0 vector in k?
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    I think that's where i got confused...There is only 1 vector. I was using the elements of the vector to prove that it is a subspace...

    k = (5, -5, 0, 0)

    I was saying that there is closure under addition: 5 + (-5) = 0 \subseteq k, -5 + 0 = -5 \subseteq k and so on...

    But then please explain why my book says this is a subspace of R^4:

    W = \{(\alpha, -\alpha, 0, 0) | \alpha is a real number}

    Does this mean that W is also only a single vector or alpha and minus alpha contain four elements each?? This is where I'm getting very confused?? The book also says that W contains k...
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    Quote Originally Posted by jayshizwiz View Post
    I think that's where i got confused...There is only 1 vector. I was using the elements of the vector to prove that it is a subspace...

    k = (5, -5, 0, 0)

    I was saying that there is closure under addition: 5 + (-5) = 0 \subseteq k, -5 + 0 = -5 \subseteq k and so on...
    No, it is not a matter of the individual components. x+ x= (5, -5, 0, 0)+ (5, -5, 0, 0)= (10, -10, 0, 0) which is NOT in the set.

    5x= 5(5, -5, 0, 0)= (25, -25, 0, 0) which is NOT in the set.

    And, of course, (0, 0, 0, 0) is NOT in the set.

    But then please explain why my book says this is a subspace of R^4:

    W = \{(\alpha, -\alpha, 0, 0) | \alpha is a real number}

    Does this mean that W is also only a single vector or alpha and minus alpha contain four elements each?? This is where I'm getting very confused?? The book also says that W contains k...
    No, the notation \{(\alpha, -\alpha, 0, 0)|\alpha is a real number} means that every vector of that form - for every real number \alpha- is in that set. (5, -5, 0, 0) is in the set, taking \alpha= 5, but so is (10, -10, 0, 0), taking \alpha= 10, (25, -25, 0, 0), taking \alpha= 25, and so is the 0 vector, (0, 0, 0, 0), taking \alpha= 0.

    Taking \alpha= x, (x, -x, 0, 0) is in the set and taking \alpha= y so is (y, -y, 0, 0). For any real numbers a and b, a(x, -x, 0, 0)+ b(y, -y, 0, 0)= (ax+ by, -ax- by, 0, 0)= (ax+by, -(ax+by), 0, 0) which is in the set taking \alpha= ax+by.
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    Thank you so much!
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