vectors??

• Dec 1st 2006, 02:19 AM
0123
vectors??
I know you probably would like people to address you more challenging questions, but this is not: I am having problems with stupid vectors(I admit it my questions are stupid...); let's assume A=(t; 5-t) and B=(s; -s), and let's assume I intend to see which one, if one, is a subspace of R2; i would say B is. But i am not sure. Moreover, consider 4 vectors V=(3; 2; 7) T=(1; -5; 1) Z=(0; -3, 1) P=(-1;3; 2) a basis for the linear space spanned by these vectors is formed by 2, 3 or 4 vectors, or none of the preceding?thanks a lot
• Dec 1st 2006, 03:13 AM
CaptainBlack
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Originally Posted by 0123
I know you probably would like people to address you more challenging questions, but this is not: I am having problems with stupid vectors(I admit it my questions are stupid...); let's assume A=(t; 5-t) and B=(s; -s), and let's assume I intend to see which one, if one, is a subspace of R2; i would say B is. But i am not sure.

If A constituted a sub-space we would have for all t in R there exists a u in R such that:

2(t, 5-t)=(u, 5-u),

then we have from the first coordinate 2t=u, and from the second coordinate 10-5t=5-u, or 5-5t=u, but both of these cannot be true for general t, so A does not constitute a subspace of R^2.

Now consider any two elements of B; U=(u, -u) and V=(v, -v), and any a and b in R, then:

aU+bV=(au+bv, -au-bv)

which is also in B, so B is a subspace of R^2.

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Moreover, consider 4 vectors V=(3; 2; 7) T=(1; -5; 1) Z=(0; -3, 1) P=(-1;3; 2) a basis for the linear space spanned by these vectors is formed by 2, 3 or 4 vectors, or none of the preceding?thanks a lot
Now V, T, Z and P are all in R^3, so at most 3 of them are linearly independent (they can all be written as a linear combination of (1,0,0), (0,1,0), and (0,0,1) and so the space spanned by them can depend on at most three parameters).

Now U=T+P=(0,-2,3), and as Z=(0,-3,1) is not a multiple of this together they span a 2-D subspace of R^3, and no linear combination of them could be equal to T (as it has a non-zero 1st component) Therefore collectively the vectors span R^3 which is requires a basis of 3 vectors.

RonL