• Nov 15th 2011, 05:33 PM
Chaobunny
Here's the question I'm trying to answer:

Suppose a 6 x 8 matrix A has four pivot columns. What is dim Nul A? Is Col A = R4? Why or why not?

I know that dim Nul A = 4 because there are 4 columns that are not pivot columns. But I'm unsure about the column space. I know that the four pivot columns consisting of Col A are linearly independent, but the column vectors of A exist in R6, not R4, because A is 6 x 8. Is having 4 linearly independent column vectors enough to say that they span R4, or is this statement untrue if the vectors are not in R4 to begin with?

I'd appreciate any insight!
• Nov 15th 2011, 08:36 PM
agentmulder
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Originally Posted by Chaobunny
Here's the question I'm trying to answer:

Suppose a 6 x 8 matrix A has four pivot columns. What is dim Nul A? Is Col A = R4? Why or why not?

I know that dim Nul A = 4 because there are 4 columns that are not pivot columns. But I'm unsure about the column space. I know that the four pivot columns consisting of Col A are linearly independent, but the column vectors of A exist in R6, not R4, because A is 6 x 8. Is having 4 linearly independent column vectors enough to say that they span R4, or is this statement untrue if the vectors are not in R4 to begin with?
I'd appreciate any insight!

Well, each column vector has 6 components so to say they span R4 is incorrect. Vectors in R4 have 4 components. What you have is a 4 dimensional span of 6 dimensional vectors in an 8 dimensional space. You can think of it as a 4 dimensional 'plane' in a 8 dimensional space if that helps.

All linear combinations of 4 linearly independant columns will span a 4 dimensional column space, so the dimension of column space of A must be 4.

I'm a lttle confused myself so maybe other posters can be more helpful(Thinking)
• Nov 15th 2011, 09:49 PM
Deveno