# Thread: Linear Combination

1. ## Linear Combination

How can I write this expression as a linear combination of three
vectors (polynomials) in P3 p(x) = a + bx + cx^2 +(-a-c)x^3?
Thank you

2. Originally Posted by AkilMAI
How can I write this expression as a linear combination of three
vectors (polynomials) in P3 p(x) = a + bx + cx^2 +(-a-c)x^3?
Thank you
Let your vectors be

$\{a+bx, \ cx^2, \ -(a+c)x^3\}$

Then it is simple $v_1+v_2+v_3=p(x)$

3. dwsmith is right, that is a linear combination, but I suspect what they want is $a + bx + cx^2 +(-a-c)x^3= a(1- x^3)+ bx+ c(x^2- x^3)$ where "a", "b", and "c" are the coefficients of the linear combination.

4. Originally Posted by HallsofIvy
dwsmith is right but I suspect what they want is $a + bx + cx^2 +(-a-c)x^3= a(1- x^3)+ bx+ c(x^2- x^3)$
I like to go with the simpliest answer.