06-240/Classnotes For Thursday, September 28

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Linear Combination

\mbox{Definition: Let }(u_i) = (u_1,u_2,\ldots,u_n)\mbox{ be a sequence of vectors in }V.

\mbox{A sum of the form:}{}_{}^{}

 a_i\in F,\sum_{i=1}^n a_i u_i = a_1u_1 + a_2u_2+\ldots+a_nu_n

\mbox{is called a Linear Combination of the }u_i^{ }.


\mbox{span}(u_i^{ }):= \lbrace\mbox{ The set of all possible linear combinations of the } u_i^{ }\rbrace

\mbox{If }\mathcal{S} \subset V\ \mbox{ is any subset, }

\mbox{span}(\mathcal{S}):= \lbrace\mbox{The set of all linear combination of vectors in }\mathcal{S}\rbrace=\left\lbrace\sum_{i=0}^n a_i u_i,\quad a_i \in F, u_i \in \mathcal{S}\right\rbrace

\mbox{span}(\mathcal{S})\mbox{ always contains }0\mbox{ even if }\mathcal{S}=\emptyset


\forall\mathcal{S} \subset V\mbox{, span}(\mathcal{S})\mbox{ is a subspace of }V


1. 0 \in\mbox{ span}(\mathcal{S}).
2. \mbox{Let }x \in \mbox{ span}(\mathcal{S})\Rightarrow x =\sum_{i=1}^n a_iu_i\mbox{, }u_i\in \mathcal{S}\mbox{, }

\mbox{and let }y \in \mbox{ span}(\mathcal{S})\Rightarrow y =\sum_{i=1}^m b_iv_i\mbox{, }v_i\in \mathcal{S}

x+y = \sum_{i=1}^n a_iu_i+ \sum_{i=1}^m b_iv_i = \sum_{i=1}^{\mbox{max}(m,n)} c_iw_i

\qquad\mbox{ where }c_i=(a_1+b_1,a_2+b_2,\ldots,a_{\mbox{max}(m,n)}+b_{\mbox{max}(m,n)})\mbox{ and }w_i\in\mathcal{S}

3.cx= c\sum_{i=1}^n a_iu_i=\sum_{i=1}^n(ca_i)u_i\in\mbox{ span}(\mathcal{S})

Example 1.

\mbox{Let } P_3(\mathbb{R})=\lbrace ax^3+bx^2+cx+d\rbrace\subset P(\mathbb{R})\mbox{, where }a, b, c, d \in \mathbb{R}.


\mbox{Let }W=\mbox{span}(u_1^{},u_2^{})\mbox{,}

\mbox{Does/Is } v \in W\mbox{ ?}

v\in W\mbox{ if it is a linear combination of span}(u_1^{},u_2^{})

v=a_1u_1 + a_2u_2 \mbox{ for some }a_1, a_2 \in \mathbb{R}

\mbox{If }\exists a_1,a_2\in \mathbb{R}

\begin{matrix}2x^3-2x^2+12x-6&=& a_1^{}(x^3-2x^2-5x-3) + a_2^{}(3x^3-5x^2-4x-9)\\
\ &=&(a_1^{}+3a_2^{})x^3 + (-2a_1^{}-5a_2^{})x^2 + (-5a_1^{}-4a_2^{})x + (-3a_1^{}-9a_2^{})\end{matrix}

\mbox{Need to solve}\begin{cases}

\mbox{Solve the four equations above and we will get }a_1^{}=-4\mbox{ and }a_2^{}=2

\mbox{Check if }a_1^{}=-4\mbox{ and }a_2^{}=2\mbox{ holds for all 4 equations.}

\mbox{Since it holds, } v\in W