12-240/Classnotes for Tuesday October 2

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The "vitamins" slide we viewed today is here.

Today, the professor introduces more about subspace, linear combination, and related subjects.


Subspace

Remind about the theorem of subspace: a non-empty subset W ⊂ V is a subspace iff is is closed under the operations of V and contains 0 of V

Proof:

First direction:

if a non-empty subset W ⊂ V is a subspace , then W is a vector space over the operations of V .

=> + W is closed under the operations of V.

+ W has a unique identity of addition: \forall\!\, a \in\!\, W: 0 + a = a

Moreover, a a \in\!\, V. Hence 0 is also identity of addtition of V


Second direction

if a non-empty subset W ⊂ V is closed under the operations of V and contains 0 of V

we need to prove that W is a vector space over operations of V, hence, and subspace of V.

Namely, we need to show that W satisfies all axioms of a vector space, but now we just consider some axioms and leave the rest to readers.

VS1: Consider \forall\!\, x,y \in\!\, W => a,b \in\!\, V

While V is a vector space

thus x + y = y + x ( and the sum \in\!\, W since W is closed under addition)

VS2: (x + y) + z = x + (y + z) is proven similarly

VS3: As given, 0 of V \in\!\, W, pick any a in W ( possible since W is not empty)

So, a \in\!\, V hence a + 0 = a

Thus 0 is also additive identity element of W

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