Hi I need help with this .

the set X={(x,y,z) which is an element of R^3 such that x=y=2z} is a subspace of R^3

what is the dimension of X?

Thanks.

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- Jun 10th 2013, 03:53 PMn22exams..help/.. subspace..dimension..
Hi I need help with this .

the set X={(x,y,z) which is an element of R^3 such that x=y=2z} is a subspace of R^3

what is the dimension of X?

Thanks. - Jun 10th 2013, 04:46 PMPlatoRe: exams..help/.. subspace..dimension..
- Jun 10th 2013, 05:12 PMHallsofIvyRe: exams..help/.. subspace..dimension..
x= y= 2z.

So, whatever z is, y= 2z and x= 2z. Such a vector is (2z, 2z, a)= z(2, 2, 1). Now, what do you think a basis for that space is? What is its dimension? - Jun 10th 2013, 09:01 PMn22Re: exams..help/.. subspace..dimension..
- Jun 11th 2013, 08:17 AMHallsofIvyRe: exams..help/.. subspace..dimension..
Yes. And I had an obvious typo "Such a vector is (2z, 2z, a)= z(2, 2, 1)" should have been "Such a vector is (2z, 2z, z)= z(2, 2, 1)" but you understood that.

Simlarly, if you have a subspace (x, y, z) satisfying only "y= z", x could be anything so such a vector would be (x, y, y)= (x, 0, 0)+ (0, y, y)= x(1, 0, 0)+ y(0, 1, 1). {(1, 0, 0), (0, 1, 1)} would be a basis and the dimension would be 2.