Let K be a field, $U_1, U_2 \subset V$ subspaces of a vector space $V$ over $K$.

Prove that $$\dim_K(U_1)+\dim_K(U_2)=\dim_K(U_1+U_2)+\dim_K(U_1 \cap U_2)$$



for a linear map $f: H \rightarrow W$ for vector spaces $H, W$ over $K$.

I would love some hints, I know how to prove this using the basis of the subspaces, but this way is unknown to me.

Thank you in advance.

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    $\begingroup$ It should be $H$ instead of $W$ on the second equation, right? $\endgroup$ – Fimpellizieri Dec 15 '16 at 7:12
  • $\begingroup$ Correct! Thank you $\endgroup$ – B.Swan Dec 15 '16 at 7:15
  • $\begingroup$ I suppose you mean subspaces instead of subsets. $\endgroup$ – Gribouillis Dec 15 '16 at 7:29

Use the linear map $(u_{1}, u_{2}) \mapsto u_{1} + u_{2}$ from $U_{1} \times U_{2}$ to $U_{1}+U_{2}$.

  • $\begingroup$ Is it allowed to use a specific linear map? Doesn't it need to be more general to prove it? $\endgroup$ – B.Swan Dec 15 '16 at 8:11
  • $\begingroup$ Ok, I understand now. $$dim_K(ker(f))=dim_K(U_1 \cap U_2)$$ $$dim_K(im(f))=dim_K(U_1 + U_2)$$ $$dim_K(U_1 \times U_2)=dim_K(U_1)+dim_K(U_2)$$ Correct? $\endgroup$ – B.Swan Dec 15 '16 at 8:19
  • $\begingroup$ Yes, you only need a few arguments to prove the 3 equalities. $\endgroup$ – Gribouillis Dec 15 '16 at 12:31
  • $\begingroup$ I reversed your edit. It is really $U_1 \times U_2$, that is to say the set of all pairs $(u_1, u_2)$ when $u_1\in U_1$ and $u_2\in U_2$ and not $U_1 \oplus U_2$. The latter is only a notation for $U_1+U_2$ in the special case where $U_1\cap U_2=\{0\}$ $\endgroup$ – Gribouillis Dec 16 '16 at 7:33
  • $\begingroup$ I have been taught that $V \oplus W=(V\times W, +, \cdot )$, excuse me if I was wrong. $\endgroup$ – B.Swan Dec 16 '16 at 10:50

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