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    Question vector space prove!

    prove wether the follow is a vector space or not.

    could you please show me how to prove the following question? Intuituively, i think it is a vector space, but i don't know how to prove the 10 axioms step by step. Thank you very much.

    Q1) S = {[x p(x)] | x is an element of R}, Where p(x) is any polynomial, vector addition is defined as
    [x p(x)] + [y p(y)] = [x+y p(x+y)]
    and scalar multiplication defined as
    alpha * [x p(x)] = [ alpha*x p( alpha*x)]
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    Just to verify, vector addition is defined as: xp(x) + yp(y) = (x+y)p(x+y)?

    Let's go through some of the axioms and see if you can do the rest.

    1. \bold{u}, \bold{v} \in S \: \Rightarrow \: \bold{u} + \bold{v} \in S

    Let's choose two arbitrary vectors, ap(a) and bp(b). Then, ap(a) + bp(b) = (a+b)p(a+b) \in S as it is in the form xp(x) (x = a + b) in this case.

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    2. Given scalar k, \bold{u} \in S, then k\bold{u} \in S as well.

    Again, pick an arbitrary vector ap(a). Then k \cdot ap(a) = kap(ka) \in S (imagine x = ka).

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    3. \bold{u} + \bold{v} = \bold{v} + \bold{u}

    Pick two arbitrary vectors ap(a) and bp(b). Then:
    ap(a) + bp(b) = (a+b)p(a+b) = (b+a)p(b+a) = bp(b) + ap(a)

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    4. (c+k)\bold{u} = c\bold{u} + k\bold{u}

    Pick arbitrary vector ap(a). Then, (c+k)ap(a) = (c+k)a p\left[(c+k)a\right] \in S (imagine x = (c+k)a)

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    5. There exists a zero vector, \bold{0}, such that \bold{u} + \bold{0} = \bold{0} + \bold{u} = \bold{u}

    Again, choose arbitrary vector ap(a). Then:
    ap(a) + 0p(0) = (a+0)p(a+0) = ap(a) (just going by definition)
    0p(0) + ap(a) = ...

    etc. etc.

    As you can see, verifying some of these are pretty trivial. Now, it looks like the set is indeed a vector space but I may be wrong. Go through all the axioms and see if they are all satisfied.
    Last edited by o_O; August 18th 2008 at 11:04 PM.
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