# another basis question

• April 25th 2009, 11:49 PM
scorpion007
another basis question
Let S and T be the subspaces of $M_2(R)$ generated by the matrices $\lbrace A_1,A_2,A_3\rbrace$ and
$\lbrace B_1,B_2\rbrace$ respectively, where

$A_1 = \begin{bmatrix}1&1\\0&0\end{bmatrix}, A_2=\begin{bmatrix}1&1\\1&0\end{bmatrix}, A_3= \begin{bmatrix}1&1\\1&1\end{bmatrix}$
and
$B_1 = \begin{bmatrix}1&0\\1&0\end{bmatrix}, B_2=\begin{bmatrix}1&1\\2&0\end{bmatrix}$

Determine dim(s) and dim(T).

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Now, the problem I have with this is that, I know how to find a basis (and hence a dimension) for vector spaces over real-number fields (i.e. $\mathbb{R}^n$), by stacking the spanning vectors and reducing the matrix to echelon form, etc. But here we have matrices. How can I stack them?