## really basic linear algebra: subspaces of F[a,b]

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

Determine which of the following sets of functions are subsets of F[a,b]

a) All functions f in F[a,b] for which f(a) = 0
b) All functions f in F[a,b] for which f(a) = 1

3. The attempt at a solution

Ok so I am just learning about vector subspaces. After reading the text multiple times, I am still at a lost. Can someone please explain to me in plain English what these evil math people want from me?

Thanks guys for your much appreciated help
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## really basic linear algebra: subspaces of F[a,b]

What is F[a,b] defined as?

P.S. did you mean "subset of F[a,b]" or did you mean "subspace of F[a,b]"?
 oops sorry about that, I meant "subspace of F[a,b]" F is the matrix with vectors a and b? :|

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 Quote by slugbunny F is the matrix with vectors a and b? :|
That doesn't make any sense. Instead of guessing, please tell us what F[a, b] means relative to this problem. It should say in the problem itself.
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 You have to think about the basic closed under addition and closed under multiplication properties, to see if a) or b) satisfy them. For example, would adding f(a)=0 and say g(a)=0 still be in this subspace? What about for f(a)+g(a) = 1 + 1? That should give you a clear hint.

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