# hilbert space

• Mar 15th 2011, 02:35 PM
surjective
hilbert space
Hello,

I am considering the banach-space $L^{p}(\mathbb{R})$ and the functions:

$f=\chi_{[0,1[}$
$g=\chi_{[1,2[}$

I have calculated the numbers $\Vert f \Vert_{p}$, $\Vert g \Vert_{p}$, $\Vert f+g \Vert_{p}$ and $\Vert f-g \Vert_{p}$ (they all have value 1).

How do I, using the above numbers, conclude that $L^{p}(\mathbb{R})$ does not form a hilbertspace for $p \neq 2$ ?

Thanks.
• Mar 15th 2011, 02:58 PM
Opalg
The parallelogram law holds in a Hilbert space.

And BTW they shouldn't all have the value 1.
• Mar 15th 2011, 03:11 PM
surjective
Ok thanks. Maybe I made a mistake in calculating the values. Let me look at it.
• Mar 15th 2011, 03:37 PM
surjective
norms
Here are my values:

$\Vert f \Vert_{p}=\left( \int_{0}^{1}|1|^{p}dx \right)^{\frac{1}{p}}=1$

$\Vert g \Vert_{p}=\left( \int_{1}^{2}|1|^{p}dx \right)^{\frac{1}{p}}=1$

$\Vert f+g \Vert_{p}=\left( \int_{0}^{1}|1|^{p}dx + \int_{1}^{2}|1|^{p}dx\right)^{\frac{1}{p}}=2$

Could you check the last calculation???
• Mar 16th 2011, 01:58 AM
Opalg
Quote:

Originally Posted by surjective
Here are my values:

$\Vert f \Vert_{p}=\left( \int_{0}^{1}|1|^{p}dx \right)^{\frac{1}{p}}=1$

$\Vert g \Vert_{p}=\left( \int_{1}^{2}|1|^{p}dx \right)^{\frac{1}{p}}=1$

$\Vert f+g \Vert_{p}=\left( \int_{0}^{1}|1|^{p}dx + \int_{1}^{2}|1|^{p}dx\right)^{\frac{1}{p}}=2$

Could you check the last calculation???

The first two are correct. For the last one, the sum of the two integrals inside the parentheses is 2, but that should then be raised to the power 1/p. So the answer should be $2^{1/p}.$