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Last reply by: Professor Hovasapian
Sat Apr 12, 2014 5:24 PM

Post by Kasun Jayasuriya on April 7, 2014

Wow. These lectures and examples are really good. I have just one month for my exams and I haven't understood any of this till now because university lectures are completely useless. I am really glad that I found this at least just before my exams. This really helps. Thanks a lot.

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Post by Burhan Akram on November 8, 2013

Hello Professor Raffi,

Very good explanation of subspaces. However, I have a question about one subspace. How would you approach this to show whether it's a subspace or not. Here is it, " subset of all polynomials in P5 for which p(1)=p(3)" would you tackle this problem? Thanks again, your lectures are very helpful.

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Wed Sep 25, 2013 4:19 PM

Post by Christian Fischer on September 24, 2013

Hi Raffi, Once again: Great video. I want to make sure I understood the conclusion to example 2 100%. Can you clarify that this is correct?

So w is a subspace of the Vector space V because:  
A)The subset (a,b,0) satisfies the list of operations for vector    spaces  (closure etc.) when applying the 2 operations (+) and (*)
B)When testing for closure the vector A1+A2=(a1+a2,b1+b2,0) Is of the same form, so if we ended up with a non-zero z-cordinate it would be outside of the subset and therefore the subspace is not a vectorspace.

Can you say R^3 alone is a vector space? Does it mean that every vector in R^3 is a vector space? And so R^2 is a subset of R^3 but not vice versa.

Have a great day

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Post by Professor Hovasapian on June 18, 2013

Hi Manfred,

Thank you so much for the kind words -- they truly mean a lot to me. I'm thrilled that Mathematics is beautiful to you; and I'm happy we can bring some of this beauty to you in our courses and lessons.

Have fun.


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Post by Manfred Berger on June 15, 2013

Just when I thought the lecture was losing a bit of momentum, you pull a VS from the polynomial ring, and have my full attention back in an instant. You probably get messages like this all the time, but: You're just an awesome instructor!

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Sun Mar 24, 2013 6:10 PM

Post by Professor Hovasapian on March 23, 2013

Hi Matt,

I you're doing well.

When a set is closed under addition, this means that if I take two elements from that set and add them, the result is yet another element in that set. For example, the set of even numbers: if I take any two even numbers and add them, the result is always an even number -- so the even numbers are closed under addition. Now let's take the odd numbers: if I add any two odd numbers, I get an even number -- the result of the addition lands me outside the set of add numbers -- so the odd numbers are NOT closed under addition.

Now, this question. Our set is given, and the two elements are the vectors (a, a-2) & (b,b-2). When I add these I get the (a+b, a+b-4). Does it make sense how we got this?

The question is: Is this result vector in the original set? The first component is a+b. Let's call this M. The second component is a+b-4. Let's call this M-4. Now we have (M,M-4).

Does this last vector look like it belongs to the original set? NO -- because any vector in the original set has to be of the form (P, P-2). When we added we got (m, M-4) -- we landed outside of the set -- therefore NOT closed under addition...therefore, NOT a Subspace.

I hope this made sense. Please let me know if it did not, and I will prepare a short document for you with other examples and upload it to my "Linear Algebra for" Group page on Facebook:

Best wishes, and take good care


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Sat Mar 23, 2013 5:16 PM

Post by Matt Cypert on March 23, 2013


V=R^2. If I had a subset S = {(x,x-2): x∈R} is it a subspace of V.
First I use addition
u = (a, a-2)
v = (b, b-2)

u+v = (a+b, a + b - 4). The book says it is not closed under addition, therefore it is not a subspace, but it does not go into any detail as to why. In all your examples they seemed to all work out or be a subspace. Could you possibly explain to me why this is not closed under addition making it not a subspace?

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Wed Jan 23, 2013 3:52 AM

Post by Hai Lieu on January 22, 2013

Hello Pro. Professor Hovasapian,

Thanks for a quick respond for the above question. So, if a 2x2 matrix A is given. How do we find A-invariant subspaces?


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Tue Jan 22, 2013 9:27 PM

Post by Hai Lieu on January 22, 2013

Does anyone know the different between A-invariant subspace and subspace? I don't see any lesson regarding A-invariant subspace.

Thank you in advance

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Tue Nov 20, 2012 6:52 PM

Post by Brodey Hansen on November 20, 2012

My professor should watch these lectures so he can learn how to TEACH!

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Sun Aug 5, 2012 7:52 PM

Post by hasan dilek on August 5, 2012

great lectures, good examples. it feels like the lectures at uni are completely useless.

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Post by Talwar Chanonia on November 18, 2011



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  • Intro 0:00
  • Subspaces 0:47
    • Defining Subspaces
    • Example 1
    • Example 2
    • Theorem
    • Example 3
    • Example 4
    • Example 5
  • Linear Combinations 23:27
    • Definition 1
    • Example 1
    • Definition 2
    • Example 2
    • Theorem
    • Example 3

Transcription: Subspaces

Welcome back to and welcome back to linear algebra.0000

The last lesson, we talked about a vector space. We gave the definition of a vector space and we gave some examples of a vector space.0003

Today, we are going to delve a little bit deeper into the structure of a vector space, and we are going to talk about something called a subspace.0011

Now, it is very, very important that we differentiate between the notion of a subset and a subspace.0020

We will see what that means, exactly, in a minute. We will see subsets that are not subspaces, and we will see subspaces... well, all subspaces are subsets, but not all subsets are subspaces.0025

So, a subspace, again, has a very, very clear sort of definition, and that is what we are going to start with first.0036

So, we will define a subspace, and we will look at some examples. Let us see what we have got.0043

We will define a subspace here, we will... let us go to a black ink here.0050

Okay. We will let v be a vector space... okay? And w a subset, so we have not said anything about a subspace yet... a subset.0064

Specify one quality of that subset is very important. It might seem obvious, but we do have to specify it... and w a non-empty... non-empty subset of v.0094

Okay. If w is a vector space with respect to the same operations as v, then w is a subspace of v.0114

In other words, if I am given a particular vector space, and I am given a particular subset of that vector space... if the w, if that subset itself is a vector space in its own right, with respect to those two operations... then I can say that w is an actual subspace of that vector space.0153

Again, subset, that goes without saying, but a subset is not necessarily a subspace. A subspace has very, very specific properties.0175

So, we will start off with the first basic example, the trivial example, which is probably not even worth mentioning, but it is okay.0187

0... so vector... and v. So, the 0 vector itself, that element alone is a subspace.0196

It is non-empty, and it actually satisfies the property, because 0 + 0 is 0, c × 0 is 0, so the closure properties are satisfied, and in fact all of the other properties are satisfied.0206

And v itself, a set is a subset of itself. Again, we call these the trivial examples. They do not come up too often, but we do need to mention them to be complete. Okay.0219

The second example. Let us do example 2.0228

Okay. We will let v = R3, so now we are talking about 3-space, and w be the subset all vectors of the form (a,b,0).0236

In other words, I am dealing with all 3 vectors, and I am going to take as a subset of that everything where the z, where the z component is 0.0266

In other words, I am just looking at the xy plane, if you will. So, there is no z value. That is clearly a subset obviously this is just the z component is 0, so it is clearly a subset.0279

Now, let us check to see if it is actually a subspace.0291

Okay. So, with respect to the addition, well, let us see, we will let a1 equal... a1 be (1,0), we will let a2 = (a2,b2,0).0296

a1 + a2 = a1 + a2, b1 + b2, 0. Well, yes, that is a number, that is a number, that is a number, this is a three vector. It does belong to w.0320

So, the closure is satisfied.0337

Now, notice, when we say closure with respect to the subset, that means when I start with something in that subset, I need to end up in that subset.0342

I cannot just... if this is the bigger set and if I take a little subset of it, when I am checking closure now, I am checking to see that it stays in here, not just that it stays here.0351

If I take two elements, let us say (a,b,0), and another (a,b,0)... if I add them and I end up outside of that set, that cannot be so.0363

I might end up in the overall vector space, but the idea is I am talking about a subset. I want closure with just respect to that subset.0371

So, be very, very clear about that. Be very careful about that.0380

Now, let us check scalar multiplication. c × a = c × (a,b,0).0384

Well, it is equal to (ca,cb,0). Sure enough, that is a number, that is a number, third element is still 0, so that is also in 2.0393

So, yes, we can certainly verify all of the other properties. It is not a problem.0405

As it turns out, this is a subspace. So, w is a subspace of v.0409

This gives rise to a really, really nice theorem which allows us to actually not have to check all of the other properties... a,b,c,d,e,f,g,h... we only have to check two... closure.0420

Since most of the time we are not talking about the entire space anyway, we are only talking about a part of it, the sub-space, a subset of a given space that we are working with, this theorem that we are about to list comes in very, very handy.0434

So, let us see. v is a vector space... v be a vector space with operations of addition and scalar multiplication... let w be a non-empty subset of v, of course.0448

Then, w is a subspace if and only if equivalence a, if closure is satisfied with respect to the addition operation and be closure satisfied with respect to the scalar multiplication.0483

In other words, if I have a given vector space and if I take a subset of that, if I want to check to see if that subset is a subspace, I only have to check two properties.0510

I have to check that if I take two elements in that subset, and if I add them together I stay in that subset, and if i take an element in that subset and multiply it by a scalar, I stay in that subset, I do not jump out of it.0518

Checking those two takes care of all of the others. This lets me know that I am dealing with a subspace, and this if and only if means equivalent.0529

If I had some subset of a space, and if I check to see that, you know, the closure is satisfied with respect to both operations, I know that I am dealing with a subspace and vice versa.0538

Okay. Let us do another example. Example 3.0552

We will let v = the set of 2 by 3 matrices, so v = m 2 by 3.0560

So, the vector space is the set, the collection of all two by three matrices.0579

We will let w be the subset of the two by 3 matrices of the form... the subset of m 2 by 3, of the form (a,0,b), (0,c,d).0584

Basically I am taking, of all of the possible 2 by 3 matrices, I am taking just the matrices that have the second column of the first row 0, and the first entry of the second row 0.0615

Everything else can be numbers. Okay. We just need to check closure, and we just need to check closure with respect to addition, closure with respect to scalar multiplication.0628

So, let us take (a1,0,b19, (0,c1,d1), and let us add to that another element of that subset.0639

(a2,0,b2), (0,c2,d2), well when we add these, we get a1 + a2, 0 + 0 is 0, b1 + b2, 0 + 0 is 0, c1 + c2, and d1 + d2.0655

Sure enough, I get a 2 by 3 matrix where that -- oops, let me get my red here -- where that entry and that entry are still 0.0681

So, yes, this is a member of w, the closure. It stays in the subset.0695

If I check closure with respect to scalar multiplication, well c × (a,0,b), (0,c,d) = ca, c × 0 is 0, cb, c × 0 is 0, cc, cd.0703

Sure enough, that entry and that entry are 0. There are our numbers. That is also in w.0725

So, yes, now I do not have to say all of the other properties are fulfilled. Our theorem allows us to conclude because of closure properties, this is a subspace, not just a subset, a very special type of subset.0732

It is a subspace. Okay.0746

Let us do example 4. We will let p2 be the vector space of polynomials of degree < or = 2.0750

So, t2 + 3t + 5... t + 6 - t2 + 7.0777

All of the polynomials of degree < or = 2, remember a couple of lessons ago, we did show that the set of polynomials is a vector space. I mean -- yes, is a vector space.0784

Now, we are going to let w, which is a subset of p2, be the polynomials of exactly degree 2.0795

Okay, so not degree 2, degree 1, degree 0, but they have to be exactly of degree 2. Clearly this is a subset of the set of polynomials up to and including degree 2.0818

The question is, is this w, the polynomials of degrees 2, is it a subspace of this... well, let us see.0829

I mean, we do not know, our intuition might say yes it is a subset, it is a subspace, let us make sure... it has to satisfy the properties.0837

Okay. We will take 3t2 + 5t + 6, and we will take -3t2 + 4t + 2.0845

Both of these are of degree 2, so both of these definitely belong to w. Now, we want to check to see if we add these, will they stay in w?0859

Okay. Well, if I add them, I get 3t2 + 5t + 6 + -3t2 + 4t + 2.0872

When I add them together, that and that cancel... I end up with 5t + 4t which is 9t, 6 + 8.0894

Well, notice, 9t + 8, this is a polynomial of degree 1. It is not a member of w, which was the set of polynomials of exactly degree 2.0904

So, closure is not satisfied. Therefore, just by taking a subset, I am not necessarily dealing with a subspace.0916

So, you see the subspace is a very special type of subset.0924

So, no, w is not a subspace.0929

Okay. Now, we are going to deal with a very, very, very important example of a subspace.0941

This subspace will show up for the rest of the time that we study linear algebra. It is profoundly important.0950

It will actually show up in the theory of differential equations as well. So, it is going to be your friend.0959

So, write... example 5.0969

Okay. Let v = RN, so we will just... vector space, n space... nice, comfortable, we know how to deal with it... it is the set of all n vectors.0975

Okay. We will let w be the subset of RN, which our solutions to the homogeneous system equals 0, where a is m by n.0987

The question is... is w a subspace? Okay, let us stop and take a look at what it is we are looking at here.1035

We are starting with a vector space RN and we are picking some random matrix a, okay? Just some random m by n matrix a, and we can set up... we know that that matrix a, multiplied by some vector in a... we can set up that linear system.1043

We can set it equal to 0 and we can check to see whether that system actually has a solution. Sometimes it will, sometimes it will be unique, sometimes it will have multiple solutions, sometimes it will have no solution at all.1063

As it turns out, for those values, for those vectors in RN that are a solution to that particular homogeneous system, that is what we want to check to see.1078

So, there is some set, let us say there is 17 vectors that are a solution to a particular homogeneous system that we have set up.1093

They form a subset, right? of the vectors in RN. There are 17 vectors in this infinite collection of vectors that happen to satisfy this equation.1103

When I multiply a matrix by a vector in that subset, I end up with 0, so there is a collection.1114

I want to see if that collection actually satisfies the properties of being a subspace. So, let us go ahead and do that.1120

Okay. Now, we need to choose of course 2 from that subset.1127

So, let us let... we will let u be a solution, in other words, a × u = 0, and we will let v be a solution.1134

So, I have picked 2 random elements from that subset. So av = 0, I know this because that is my subset. It is the subset of solutions to this homogeneous equation. Okay.1160

Let us check closure with respect to addition. That means we want to check this is a × u + v.1176

In other words, if I add u and v, do I end up back in that set?1197

The set is the set of vectors that satisfy this equation.1201

Well, that means if I add u and v, and if I multiply by a, do I get 0? Well, let us check it out.1206

a × u + v, we know that matrices are linear mapping, right?1214

So, I can write this as au + av. Well, I know that u and v are solutions already, so au = 0... av = 0.1223

Well, 0 + 0 is 0, so yes, as it turns out, a(u + v) does equal 0. That means it is in... that means u + v is in w... the set of solutions.1234

Okay. Now, let us check the other one... c ×... well, actually what we are checking is a c(u).1256

We want to see if we take a vector that we know is a solution, if we multiply it by a scalar, is it still a solution... so what we want to check is this.1268

Does it equal 0? Well, a c(u), well we know that multiplication by a matrix, again, it is a linear mapping, so I can write this as c × a(u).1279

Well, a(u) is just 0. c × 0... and I know from my properties of a vector space that c × 0 = 0.1294

So, yes, as it turns out, c(u) is also a solution.1303

Therefore, yes, the subset of RN that satisfies a given homogeneous system is not just a subset of RN. It is actually a subspace of RN.1311

That is a very, very, very special space. A profoundly important example. Probably one of the top 3 or 4 most important examples in linear algebra and the study of analysis.1328

We give it a, in fact, we give it... it is so special that we give it a special name. A name that comes up quite often. It is called the solution space for... this one I am going to write in red... it is called the null space.1341

So, once again, if I have some random matrix, some m by n matrix, I can always set up a homogeneous system by taking that matrix and multiplying it by an n-vector.1364

Well, the vectors that actually satisfy that solution form a subset, of course, for all of the vectors.1378

Well, that subset is not just a subset, it is actually a subspace. It is a very special kind of subset, it is a subspace and we call that space the null space of the homogeneous system. Null just comes from this being 0.1387

The null space is going to play a very, very important role later on.1400

Now, let us talk about something called linear combinations. We have seen linear combinations before, but let us just define it again and deal with it more formally.1409

Definition. We will let v1, v2, and so on all the way to vk be vectors in a vector space.1420

Okay. A vector 7 in v, big vector space, is called a linear combination of v1, v2... etc. if z, if the vector itself in the vector space can be represented as a series of constants × the individual vectors.1435

These are... these constants are of course just real numbers. Again, we are talking about real vector spaces.1489

So, again, a linear combination is if I happen to have 3 vectors, if I take those 3 vectors and if I multiply them by any kind of constant to come up with another vector and I know I can do that... I can just add vectors.1496

The vector that I come up with, it can be expressed as a linear combination of the three vectors that I chose.1508

Again, because we are talking about a vector space we are talking about closure, so I know that no matter how I multiply and add these, I still end up back in my vector space, I am not going anywhere.1515

Let us do an example. Okay. In R3, so we will do a 3-space, we will let v1 = (1,2,1), we will let v2 = (1,0,2), we will let v3 = (1,1,0).1525

Now, the example says find c1, c2, c3, such that some random vector z... so for example (2,1,5) is a linear combination of v1, v2, v3.1553

So, in other words, I have these three vectors, (1,2,1), (1,0,2), (1,1,0), and I have this random vector (2,1,5).1583

Well, they are all 3 vectors. Is it possible to actually express this vector as a linear combination of these 3?1592

Let us see. Well, what is it asking?1600

It is asking us to find this... c1 × (1,2,1) + c2 × ... this is not going to work.1606

Maybe I should slow my writing down a little bit... (1,0,2) + c3 × (1,1,0)... we want it to equal (2,1,5).1622

This should look familiar to you. It is just a linear system.1637

This is what we want. We want to find these constants that allow this to be possible.1642

Okay. So, let us move forward. c... c... c... c2... c2... c2... c3... c3... c3...1648

What you have is a linear system. A linear system that looks like this... (1,1,1), (2,0,1), (1,2,0) × (c1,c2,c3) = (2,1,5).1660

That is what we want to find out. We want to find c1, c2, c3... solving a linear system. Okay.1687

Well, let us just go ahead and form the augmented matrix... (1,1,1,2), (2,0,1,1), (1,2,0,5), and let me actually show the augmentation.1692

I am just taking the coefficient matrix and I am taking the solutions... and this one I am going to subject to Gauss Jordan elimination and turn it into reduced row echelon form.1707

I end up with the following... (1,0,0,1), (0,1,0,2), (0,0,1,-1), there we go.1719

c1 = 1, c2 = 2, c3 = -1. There you have it, these are my constants.1731

So, I end up with 1 × v1 + 2 × v2 - ... oh, erasing everything... - v3 = (2,1,5).1747

In this particular case, yes, I was able to find constants such that any random vector could be expressed as a linear combination of other vectors in that space.1774

Okay. The definition here.1787

If s is a set of vectors in v, then the set of all linear combinations of the elements s is called the span of s.1810

In other words, if I have 6 vectors and I just chose them randomly from the space, if I arrange those in any kind of combination I want, okay?1857

5 × the first one + 10 × the second one - 3 × the first one... in any combination.1867

All of the vectors that I can generate from the infinite number of combinations, I call that the span of that set of s, which sort of makes sense.1872

You are sort of taking all of the vectors, seeing what you can come up with, and if it spans the entire set of vectors. That is why it is called the span of s.1883

So, let us see. Our example, we will let v = R3 again and we will choose 2 vectors in R3.1895

We will choose (1,2,3), and we will choose (1,1,2).1915

The span of s = the set of all linear combinations of these 2 vectors... c1 × (1,2,3) + c2 × (1,1,2).1924

If I choose 1 and 1, it means I just add these... 1 + 1 is 2, 2 + 1 is 3, 3 + 2 is 5, that is the vector.1942

The set of all possibilities, that is what the span is. Okay.1950

Let us see. Let us now list a very, very important theorem.1957

Okay. Let s be a set of vectors from a vector space... and we said k... let s be a set of vectors in a vector space v.1969

Then, the span of s is a subspace. In other words, let us just take R3.1995

If I take 2 vectors in R3, like I did here, the span of that is all of the linear combinations that I can come up with of those 2 vectors.2010

Well, this set right here, this span of s is actually a subspace of R3.2024

That is extraordinary. No reason for believing that should be the case, and yet it is.2030

Okay. Let us finish up with a final detailed example.2040

Once again, we will deal with p2. Do you remember what p2 was? That was the vector space of polynomials of degrees < or = 2.2045

Okay. So, we are going to choose... I am going to go back to black, I hope you do not mind... we will let v1 = 2t2 + t + 2.2053

We will let v2 = t2 - 2t... we will let v3 = 5t2 - 5t + 2.2072

We will let v4 = -t2 - 3t - 2.2088

So, again, this is a vector space and I am just pulling vectors from that vector space.2096

Well, the vectors in the space of polynomials happen to be polynomials of degree < or = 2. Here I have a 2, 2, 2, 2, they all happen to have a degree of 2, but I could have chosen any other ones.2100

Now, I am going to choose a vector u, I am going to pull it randomly, and it is t2, this one I am actually going to write in red, excuse me.2111

u... it is t2 + t + 2, well, this is also in p2.2128

Here is the question. Can we find scalars (a,b,c,d), such that u is actually a linear combination of these other 4.2136

In other words, can I take a random vector and express it as a linear combination of these other 4.2159

Well, you are probably thinking to yourself... well, you should be able to, you have 4 vectors and you have another one... let us see if it is possible, it may be... it might not be.2165

a1v1 -- I am sorry it is av1 -- + bv2 + cv3 + dv4.2175

In other words, is this possible? Can we express u as a linear combination of these vectors.2187

Well, let us find out. Let us write this out and see if we can turn it into a system of equations and solve that system of equations and see if there is a solution for (a,b,c,d).2194

Okay. Let me go back to my blue ink here. So, av1 is... one second, I will do blue here... a × 2t2 + t + 2 + b × v2, which is t2 - 2t + c × v3, which is 5t2 -5t + 2, and then + d × -t2 - 3t - 2.2205

So, again, I have this thing that I am checking, and I just expand the right side to see what I can get. Okay.2256

Another question is... is all of this is equal to u? Which is t2 + t + 2.2268

Okay. I multiply all of these out. When I multiply this, when I distribute and simplify and multiply, I am going to end up with the following.2286

When I combine terms, 2a + b + 5c - d... t2 + a - 2b - 5c - 3bt + 2a + 0b + 2c - 2d, again, multiplied all of these out, expanded it, collected terms, put all of my t2's together, all of my t's together, my nothings together. Okay.2298

I need that to equal t2 + t + 2.2346

Well, this is an equality here. I need to know if this is possible. So, here I have a t2, let me go to red... here I have t2, and here I have t2.2352

The coefficient is 1. That means all of these numbers have to add to 1.2363

Here I have a t, here I have a t, the coefficient is 1, that means all of these number have to add to 1.2367

This nothing at all, it is just a constant, that means all of these numbers have to add to 2. That is what this equality means.2372

I have myself a system of equations. Let me write that system of equations.2380

Okay. I have got... 2a + b + 5c - d, I need that to equal 1.2388

I have a - 2b - 5c - 3d, I need that to equal 1.2400

Then I have 2a + 0b, it is up to you whether you want to put the 0 there or not... it does not really matter, + 2c - 2d = 2.2410

Okay. I have a linear system. I am going to set up the coefficient matrix... (2,1,5,-1,1), (2,1,5,-1,1), (1,-2,-5,-3,1), (1,-2,-5,-3,1), (2,0,2,2,0), (1,-2,2,-2,2,)2422

Of course my solution is there, so I just remind myself... and again I subject this to reduced row echelon form.2453

Let me, well, let me do it this way. So, Gauss Jordan elimination to reduced row echelon for which I use Maple, and I get the following.2463

(1,0,1,-1,0), (0,1,3,1,0), (0,0,0,0,1). Okay.2474

There is a problem with this. These are all 0's, this is a 1. This tells me that 0 = 1, this is not true.2490

This is inconsistent. That is what it means, when we... remember when we reduced to reduced row echelon, if we get something like this, we are dealing with a system that is inconsistent. There is no reduced row echelon form.2503

So, because this is inconsistent, that means there is no solution. In other words, u, that vector u that we had... it does not belong to the span of v1, v2, v3, v4.2514

Just because I can pick 4 vectors at random does not mean a vector in that space can necessarily be represented as a linear combination.2538

In other words, it is not in the span. So, that is what we did. We took those 4 vectors, we set up the equality that should be the case, we solved the linear system, and we realized that the linear system is inconsistent.2548

Therefore, that polynomial, t2 + t + 2 is not in the span of those vectors. Very, very important.2561

Okay. So, today we discussed subspaces and again a subspace is a subset of a vector space, but it is a very special space of a subset that satisfies certain properties.2571

In order to check to see that something is a subspace, all you have to do is check two properties of that subset.2582

You have to make sure that closure with respect to addition is satisfied, and closure with respect to scalar multiplication is satisfied.2587

Again, what that means is that this might be our bigger vector space... if we take a subset of that, closure means if I take two elements in that space, I need to end up back in that space.2594

So, I do not end up outside in the bigger space, I need to stay in that subset. That is what turns it into a subspace. Very, very important.2605

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