Dimension Proof?

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
Let U, W be subspaces of a vector space V. Show that dim(U+W) = dim(U) + dim (W) - dim (U intersect W).


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3. The attempt at a solution
I can see this picture-wise in a venn-diagram form. In adding U and W you count the elements in their intersection twice, since both spaces contain them. Thus, you subtract the dimension of U intersect W. But, how do you show this in proof format? It doesn't seem like a verbal explanation is enough.
 

Dick

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What you really are thinking about in your Venn diagram are basis vectors. Write a basis for U intersect W. Extend it to a basis for U and W. Now do the Venn argument.
 

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