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Basis Proof

  1. Oct 7, 2012 #1
    I attached the problem and its solution.

    I was looking at this solution and got a little confused. Why did they say that "Assume that S = {v1, v2, · · · , vn} is a basis for V and c is a nonzero scalar. Let S1 = {cv1, cv2, · · · , cvn}. Since S is a basis for V , V has dimension n. Since S1 has n vectors, it suffices (by Part 1 of Theorem 4.12) to prove that S is independent."

    That seems redundant. The problem statement already stated that S is a basis, which means that the vectors in S are linearly independent.
     

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  3. Oct 7, 2012 #2

    Dick

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    It's clearly a minor typo. They meant to say, "Since S1 has n vectors, it suffices (by Part 1 of Theorem 4.12) to prove that S1 is independent."
     
  4. Oct 7, 2012 #3
    Oh okay. So by saying that, wouldn't that have proved S1 is a basis? The next part (writing out all the linear combinations) just proved that it's linearly independent again. Do you need to do that?
     
  5. Oct 7, 2012 #4

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    Sure you do. That's the proof part!
     
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