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    spanning set V

    Hello,
    How should I solve this question.thanks.

    Let X = {f,g,h} where
    f(x) = 3 + x, g(x) = 1 + x^5 and h(x) = 1 + x -2x^5
    Let V ={f is an element of F such that f(x)=α+βx+γx^5

    a)determine whether X is a spanning set for V.


    (a) Determine whether X is a spanning set for V .
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    Re: spanning set V

    Since h(x)+2g(x) = 1+x-2x^5+2+2x^5 = 3+x = f(x), it can not be a spanning set. There are only two independent functions and the subspace has 3 dimensions.

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    Re: spanning set V

    Hollywood's answer is best. Being not as sharp, I would have gone directly to the definition of "span":

    Given any numbers, \alpha, \beta, and \gamma, do there exist numbers, a, b, and c, such that
    a(3+ x)+ b(1+ x^5)+ c(1+ x- 2x^5)= \alpha+ \beta x+ \gamma x^5
    (3a+ b+ c)+ (a+ c)x+ (b- 2c)x^5= \alpha+ \beta x+ \gama x^5

    So 3a+ b+ c= \alpha, a+ c= \beta, and b- 2c= \gamma
    From a+ c= \beta, c= \beta- a.
    From b= \gamma+ 2c= \gamma+ 2\beta- 2a.

    Putting those into the first equation, 3a+ b+ c= 3a+ \gamm+ 2\beta- 2a+ \beta- a= \gamma+ 3\beta= \alpha.

    Since the "a"s cancelled we cannot solve for a.

    In fact, in order that there exist such a representation of \alpha + \beta x+ \gamma x^5 we must have \alpha= \gamma+ 3\beta so that \alpha+ \beta x+ \gamma x^5= \gamma+ 3\beta+ \beta x+ \gamma x^5= (3+ x)\beta+ (1+ x^5)\gamma. That is, 3+x, 1+ x^5, and 1+ x- 2x^5 span the two dimensional subspace having \{3+ x, 1+ x^5\} as basis.
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