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Grassman formula for vector space dimensions

If $U$ and $W$ are subspaces of a finite dimensional vector space, $$ \dim U + \dim W = \dim(U\cap W) + \dim(U + W)$$ Proof: let $B_{U\cap W} = \{v_1,\ldots,v_m\}$ be a base of $U\cap W$. If we ...
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Hahn-Banach Theorem for separable spaces without Zorn's Lemma

I was reading about the Hahn-Banach Theorem, its many versions and their proofs. It's known that in the proofs we need Zorn's Lemma. But in the book that I'm reading, the author said if $X$ is a ...
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How many (unordered) bases does $\Bbb F_q^n$ have as a vector space over $\Bbb F_q$?

Following the recommendation here to get this question out of the unanswered queue, I've changed this from a proof-verification question into an answer-your-own. Here's the question again in case ...
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Nilpotent linear operators

Suppose that $T : V \to V$ is a linear operator on an $n$-dimensional vector space $V$. (a) Show that for all $i$, $\ker T^i \subset \ker T^{i+1}$. (b) Show that if $\ker T^k = \ker ...
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Calculate Camera Pitch & Yaw To Face Point

How do you calculate pitch & yaw for a camera so that it faces a certain 3D point? Variables Camera X, Y, Z Point X, Y, Z Current Half Solution Currently I know how to calculate the pitch, ...
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A linear transformation $T:V\to V$ is one-to-one if and only if it is onto

Let $V$ be a finite dimensional vector space. Show that a linear transformation $T\colon V \to V$ is one-to-one if and only if it is onto. The hint I was given was that one only needs to show that ...
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Finding a basis for the intersection of two subspaces

I'll try to write this as best as I can... Let the following $U_1, U_2$ be subspaces of $\mathbb{R}^4$ $$ U_1 = \begin{Bmatrix} (x, y, z, w) : z-y+2w = 0 \end{Bmatrix} $$ $$ U_2 = ...
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Are all fields vector spaces?

Are $\mathbb{Z_p},\mathbb{Q},\mathbb{R},\mathbb{C}$ above themselves vector space? Is a field above anoother field a vector space? As for 1. we know that $\Bbb R^n$ is a vector space so in ...
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Find a matrix such that $Ax=0$

Let $$W = span\left\{ {\left( {\matrix{ 1 \cr 0 \cr 0 \cr 1 \cr } } \right),\left( {\matrix{ 0 \cr 2 \cr 1 \cr { - 1} \cr } } \right)} \right\}$$ I was asked ...
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Could intersection of a subspace with its complement be non empty.

If that is possible could you please correct my understanding about complement of a subspace. From what i recall from set theory. A complement of a set B is the set U - B where U is the universal ...
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Let $V$ be a $K$ - Vector Space, $f: V \rightarrow V$ a linear map. Under some condition, show that $v, f(v),…,f^n(v)$ is linear independent.

Let $V$ be a $K$ - Vector Space, $f: V \rightarrow V$ a linear map. Let $v \in V$. May a number $n ≥ 0$ exist, so that: $f^n(v) \not= 0$ and $ f^{n+1}(v) = 0$. Show that $v, f(v),...,f^n(v)$ is ...
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The kernel and image of $T^n$

I need help with this question: Let $V$ be a finite vector space where $ \dim V = n $, over the complex numbers and let $ T: V\to V $ be a linear transformation. Prove that $ V = \ker(T^n) \oplus ...
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What does this linear algebra notation mean?

I'm trying to prove that a particular $V$ is a $\Bbb{Q}$-vector space. The question says to take the element $0_V = 1$, the function $+_V : V \times V \to V$ given by the function $[x +_V y = xy]$, ...
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$T\circ T=0:V\rightarrow V \implies R(T) \subset N(T)$

Question Let $T:V \rightarrow V$ be a linear map. How do I prove that $T \circ T = T_0$ ( the zero linear map) iff $R(T) \subset N(T)$? Attempt \begin{eqnarray} T\circ ...
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Dimension Recovery of $S \subset P_n(F)$

How is the subset of $P_n(F)$ consisting of all polynomials $f$ such that $f(1) = 0$ a subspace of $P_n(F)$? What is the dimension of this subset? Added from answer posted by Trancot on 18 Apr ...
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Basis of a $2 \times 2$ matrix with trace $0$

I have a question that I do not understand and it goes like this: Find a basis for the set $W$ of all matrices A in $M_{2\times2}$ with trace $0$: i.e. all matrices $$ \begin{pmatrix} a & b\\ c ...
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Counter example for a result of intersection of subspaces

I am struggling with this question from Halmos's text, please ignore the imperative language. "Suppose that $L, M$ and $N$ are subspaces of a vector space. Show that the equation $$L \cap (M + N) ...
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How do you find the distance from a point to a plane?

I am having trouble with this: Find the distance from the point $(1,1,1)$ to the plane $2x+2y+z=0$. Any ideas? Thanks.
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Examples of 'almost' vector spaces where unitary law fails

I was looking at the definition on wikipedia of a vector space (similar/equivalent definitions are everywhere, but I thought I'd list it here for completion): A vector space over a field $F$ is a set ...
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Prove $p^2=p$ and $qp=0$

I am not really aware what's going on in this question. I appreciate your help. Let $U$ be a vector space over a field $F$ and $p, q: U \rightarrow U$ linear maps. Assume $p+q = \text{id}_U$ and ...
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The basis of a matrix representation

If I have the linear map $f:\Bbb{R}^n\rightarrow \Bbb{R}^m$ then we can write $f$ as like the following: $$f\left(\vec x\right)=A\vec x$$ Where $A$ is a matrix. I think $A$ is called the standard ...
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Minkowski sum of two disks

An open disk with radius $r$ centered at $\mathbf{p}$ is $D(\mathbf{p}, r)=\{\mathbf{q} \mid d(\mathbf p, \mathbf q) < r\}$, and the Minkowski sum of two sets $A$ and $B$ is $A \oplus B=\{\mathbf p ...
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Invertibility in a finite-dimensional inner product space

Let $T$ be an invertible linear operator on a finite-dimensional inner product space. I just want a hint as to how I should prove that $T^{\star}$ is also invertible and $( T^{-1} )^{\star} = ( ...
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What is $\Bbb{R}^n$?

I earlier asked this question The basis of a matrix representation. I now have a another question related to the same topic. The vector space $\Bbb{R}^n$ I have seen defined as all $n$-tuples of real ...
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Proof of uniqueness of identity element of addition of vector space

Please rate and comment. I want to improve; constructive criticism is highly appreciated. Please take style into account as well. Proof of uniqueness of identity element of addition of vector space ...
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Prove that $\mathbb{Z}$ is not isomorphic to additive group of any vector space over any field.

Prove that $\mathbb{Z}$ is not isomorphic to additive group of any vector space over any field. Proof. Surpose that: $\phi : (A, +) \rightarrow \mathbb{Z} $ is an isomorphism. Then there is some ...
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A theorem concerning unique linear mapping between vector spaces: What does it say?

Theorem (from Schaum's Linear Algebra) Let $V$ and $U$ be vector spaces and $\{v_1, \ldots, v_n\}$ be a basis on $V$. Let $\{u_1,\ldots, u_n\}$ be arbitrary vectors in $U$. Then there exists a ...
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Subspaces of all real-valued continuous functions on $\mathbb{R}^1$

I'll go ahead and give you the problem first, and then explain my trouble with it. Which of the following subsets are subspaces of the vector space C(-$\infty$,$\infty$) defined as follows: Let V be ...
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Suppose that $V$ is a vector space, and $W$ is a subspace of $V$. If $V$ is finite dimensional, then prove $W$ too must be finite dimensional.

Suppose that $V$ is a vector space, and $W$ is a subspace of $V$. If $V$ is finite dimensional, then prove $W$ too must be finite dimensional. It seems intuitively obvious that the dimension of ...
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If $n=\dim(V)$ and $n$ vectors are linearly independent, then they form a basis

If $V$ is a vector space and $v_1, v_2, . . . , v_n \in V$ span $V$, and $u_1, u_2, . . . , u_m ∈ V$ are linearly independent, then $m\le n$. Use this to prove that if $V$ has dimension $n$ and $u_1, ...
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Using SVDs to prove $C(XX^{\prime}) = C(X)$

Let $C$ denote the column space. I would like to prove $C(XX^{\prime}) = C(X)$ for $X \in M_{n \times p}$, $X^{\prime}$ denoting the transpose of $X$. This answer suggests using singular value ...
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Do the spaces spanned by the columns of the given matrices coincide?

Reviewing linear algebra here. Let $$A = \begin{pmatrix} 1 & 1 & 0 & 0 \\ 1 & 1 & 0 & 0 \\ 0 & 0 & 1 & 0 \\ 0 & 0 & 1 & 1 \end{pmatrix} \qquad ...
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Do four dimensional vectors have a cross product property? [duplicate]

We know how to make cross product of three dimensional vectors. $$ \vec A \times \vec B = \vec C$$ Where : $ \vec A = (A_i; A_j; A_k)$ $ \vec B = (B_i; B_j; B_k)$ $ \vec C = (C_i; C_j; C_k)$ $C_i = ...
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Sum of closed subspaces of normed linear space

Problem Suppose $R$ is a normed linear space, then show that: If $M$ is closed subspace of $R$ and $N$ a finite dimensional subspace of $R$, then the set $$M+N=\{ z : z = x + y , x \in M , y \in N ...
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Proving linear independence

Let $A$ be an $n \times n$ matrix and suppose $v_1, v_2, v_3 \in \mathbb{R}^n$ are nonzero vectors that satisfy: $$ Av_1 = v_1 \\ Av_2 = 2v_2 \\ Av_3 = 3v_3 $$ Prove that $\{v_1, v_2, v_3\}$ is ...
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Proof that $\text{im}(g)^\top=\ker(f)^\top$ if $\text{im}(f)=\ker(g)$

Let $f:V\rightarrow W$ and $g:W\rightarrow X$ be two linear maps with $\text{im}(f)=\ker(g)$. How do I prove that $\text{im}(g)^\top=\ker(f)^\top$? I am allowed to use the fact that if $f$ is ...
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How to determine if two points lie on a vector, given a unit vector

If you have two points, $A$ and $B$, at $(1,1,1)$ and $(1,1,7)$ respectively, and a unit vector $C (0,0,1)$. What's a way to find if unit vector C, will cross B if C extends forever. (Unit vector C ...
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Is $\mathbb{R^Z}$ or its elements countable?

Continue on the self study on infinite vector spaces. According to this link, $\mathbb{R^Z}$ has elements of the following form: $$(y_k)_{k\mathbb{\in Z}}=(\dots y_{-1},y_0,y_{1}\dots)$$ Or more ...
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Find a isometry such that the matrix in respect to the canonical basis is:

I need to find a isometry such that the matrix in respect to the canonical basis is: $$\begin{bmatrix}\frac{1}{\sqrt{2}}& \frac{1}{\sqrt{2}}& 0\\0 & 0 & 1\\x & y & ...
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Finding a basis for a certain vector space of periodic polynomials

I am having a little bit of trouble solving an homework question. I found that $S={ p(x) \in R_4[x]} \big| p(x)=p(x-1) $ is a vector space. Now I need to find some set, K that holds ${span(k)=S}$ ...
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Proof that $(a+b, a)$ belongs to $\mathbb{R}^2$

I am aware that the vector $(a+b, a)$ such that $a$, $b$ are real numbers belongs to $\mathbb{R}^2$, which is defined by any vectors $(x_1, x_2)$ such that $x_1, x_2$ are real numbers. Is there a way ...
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Another proof of uniqueness of identity element of addition of vector space

Please rate and comment. I want to improve; constructive criticism is highly appreciated. Please take style into account as well. The following proof is solely based on vector space axioms. Axiom ...
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Linear Space in Vector Spaces question.

How do I do the first part of the question where they say V1 U V2 is not a linear space, please help my exam is very close. In the marking scheme it says it's not closed under addition but can ...
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matrices forms a basis for vector space 2x2

$\begin{bmatrix}0&1\\2&3\end{bmatrix}$ $\begin{bmatrix}3&4\\5&6\end{bmatrix}$ $\begin{bmatrix}7&8\\9&10\end{bmatrix}$ $\begin{bmatrix}11&12\\13&14\end{bmatrix}$ Show ...
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Unitary map between sets of vectors

Suppose I have two sets of vectors, $E_1=\{v_i\}_{i=1}^{k}$ and $E_2=\{u_i\}_{i=1}^{k}$, with each vector belonging to $\mathbb{C}^k$. When is it possible to find a unitary matrix that maps $E_1$ to ...
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Calculating new vector positions

I'm using the following formula to calculate the new vector positions for each point selected, I loop through each point selected and get the $(X_i,Y_i,Z_i)$ values, I also get the center values of ...
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Finding the Angle theta between two 2d vectors.

Find the angle α between the vectors $$\begin{bmatrix}3 \\ 5 \end{bmatrix}and \begin{bmatrix}-2 \\ 3 \end{bmatrix} $$ I found 64.654, but apparently is wrong from what the webwork says. Can anyone ...
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Calculate intersection of vector subspace by using gauss-algorithm

There are two vector subspaces in $R^4$. $U1 := [(3, 2, 2, 1), (3, 3, 2, 1), (2, 1, 2 ,1)]$, $U2 := [(1, 0, 4, 0), (2, 3, 2, 3), (1, 2, 0, 2)]$ My idea was to calculate the Intersection of those two ...
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Prove: If $L \leq X$, $L$ has finite dimension, $M\leq X$ Then $L+M$ is closed.

Prove: If $X$ is a locally convex space, $L \leq X$, $L$ has finite dimension, $M\leq X$ Then $L+M$ is closed. What I know: If $L$ is a finite dimensional subspace, then $L$ is closed.
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Linear basis of sum of kernels of two linear applications from $\mathbb R^4$ to $\mathbb R^2$

Let $$L_{1}(x_{1},x_{2},x_{3},x_{4})=(3x_{1}+x_{2}+2x_{3}-x_{4}, 2x_{1}+4x_{2}+5x_{3}-x_{4})$$ and $$L_{2}(x_{1},x_{2},x_{3},x_{4})=(5x_{1}+7x_{2}+11x_{3}+3_{4}, 2x_{1}+6x_{2}+9x_{3}+4x_{4})$$ Let ...