# Thread: Subspace of a vector space

1. ## Subspace of a vector space

The following statement is false. Could someone give a counterexample?

If V is a real vector space and W is a (non-empty) subset of V such that for all vectors
w1,w2 Є W it holds that also w1 + w2 Є W, then W is a subspace of V .

2. ## Re: Subspace of a vector space

Originally Posted by Lotte1990
The following statement is false. Could someone give a counterexample?

If V is a real vector space and W is a (non-empty) subset of V such that for all vectors
w1,w2 Є W it holds that also w1 + w2 Є W, then W is a subspace of V .
This is not true. Consider $\mathbb{Z}\subseteq\mathbb{R}$. Said differently, (if you had changed $w_1+w_2$ to $w_1-w_2$) being a subgroup of a vector space's underlying abelian group is not equivalent to being a subspace of the vector space.

3. ## Re: Subspace of a vector space

Originally Posted by Drexel28
This is not true. Consider $\mathbb{Z}\subseteq\mathbb{R}$. Said differently, (if you had changed $w_1+w_2$ to $w_1-w_2$) being a subgroup of a vector space's underlying abelian group is not equivalent to being a subspace of the vector space.
What do you mean? Could you be more specific? Could you define two specific vectors for w1 and w2? Or is this not possible?
I need some help in understanding this...

4. ## Re: Subspace of a vector space

Originally Posted by Lotte1990
What do you mean? Could you be more specific? Could you define two specific vectors for w1 and w2? Or is this not possible?
I need some help in understanding this...
Well, I'll give you a hint. As I said, the problem is that $W$ being a subgroup of $V$ does not imply that $W$ is a subspace. Said more concretely, we have that $w_1,w_2\in W$ implies $w_1+w_2\in W$ DOES NOT imply that $\alpha w_1\in W$ for all $\alpha\in\mathbb{R}$. To see this, look at my example. For all $x,y\in\mathbb{Z}$ one has that $x+y\in\mathbb{Z}$ so that $\mathbb{Z}$ is closed under addition. But, look at where the problem comes in, is $\mathbb{Z}$ closed under arbitrary real number multiplication?

5. ## Re: Subspace of a vector space

Originally Posted by Lotte1990
The following statement is false. Could someone give a counterexample?

If V is a real vector space and W is a (non-empty) subset of V such that for all vectors
w1,w2 Є W it holds that also w1 + w2 Є W, then W is a subspace of V .

Set of all n-dimensional vectors with positive (non-zero) real coordinates.