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    Subset of Vector space

    W = {a + t^2, aER}; V = P2

    So bascially what I need to do is to determine if a + t^2 is a subspace of P2 but I'm not too sure on how to do it. In lectures we learnt subspaces using vectors where we had to determine using the zero vector then check if it is closed under addition and Scalar multiplication but I don't know how to do it when it relates to a polynomial so I hope someone can just give me a few pointers
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    Quote Originally Posted by CookieC View Post
    W = {a + t^2, aER}; V = P2

    So bascially what I need to do is to determine if a + t^2 is a subspace of P2 but I'm not too sure on how to do it. In lectures we learnt subspaces using vectors where we had to determine using the zero vector then check if it is closed under addition and Scalar multiplication but I don't know how to do it when it relates to a polynomial so I hope someone can just give me a few pointers
    Apply the Subspace Theorem.
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    is the 0-polynomial: 0 + 0t + 0t^2 in W?

    if no, then stop. if yes, then continue:

    for a + t^2, and b + t^2 in W, is (a + t^2) + (b + t^2) in W?

    if no, then stop. if yes continue:

    for a + t^2 in W, and c in R, is c(a + t^2) in W?

    if no, then stop. if yes, W is a subspace of P2.
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