Linearly independent set.
Given . Find a vector such that is a linearly independent set.
Let for arbitrary numbers .
Then for A to be linearly independent, must imply .
Therefore we have the homogeneous linear system, in matrix form:
Do I really have to reduce it to reduced echelon form? It gets really messy!
Is there an easy way to solve this? (Easier than my approach?)
Generalized Cross Product
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You can look in the section on generalizations of the cross product into higher dimensions. This will give you a vector that is perpendicular to the subspace spanned by the first 3 vectors. If they are linearly independent, the collection of all 4 should be as well.
Alternatively, guess and check could be popular, you just gotta pick 4 numbers to give you a nonzero determinant that will show your vectors are linearly independent.
Otherwise, yeah, that is probably the best way to do it.