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Homework Help: Determine if subset is subspace of R3. Need Help.

  1. Sep 25, 2010 #1
    1. {[x,y,z] | x,y,z in R, z = 3x+2}.
    How do I determine if this subset is a subspace of R3? Am I wrong when I say this set contains the zero vector? If this is the case, then I have to use the addition and multiplication closure methods, right?

    Thanks
     
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  3. Sep 25, 2010 #2

    Mark44

    Staff: Mentor

    Yes, wrong. (0, 0, 0) does not satisfy z = 3x + 2.
     
  4. Sep 25, 2010 #3
    OK, That's a good first step. I'm still a little confused as to how to apply the addition method.
    can I add [x,y,z] + [a,b,c] then get [x+a, y+b, z+c] ? Then what?

    Thanks.
     
  5. Sep 25, 2010 #4

    Mark44

    Staff: Mentor

    No, you have to take two elements in the set, and show that their sum is in the set. You can't take any old arbitrary vector in R3. Also, it must be true that if v is an element in the set, then kv is also in the set.

    What must be true for any element in your set? I.e., how do you distinguish between vectors in your set and plain old vectors in R3?
     
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