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Gram Schmidt Orthonormalization

  1. Oct 26, 2004 #1
    So I'm to show that the non-zero vector w={v e V|<v,x> = 0} for all x in V that dim(w)=dim(V)-1.

    It recommends using the Gram-Schmidt process to prove this but I tried to work it out and I couldn't make any sense of it. Any suggestions on how to start this out?

    [edit]: nevermind, I got it. If you were curious, start by saying x is an element of the set S that is linearly independent and spans V. Then do G-S on V and you find that you lose an element of the set, so there you have it.
     
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  3. Oct 27, 2004 #2

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    I think what you mean to say is "prove that the subspace consisting of all vectors v such that <v, x>= 0 (where x is non-zero) has dimension dim(V)- 1."
    Select a basis for V containing x and perform a "Gram-Schmidt" starting the process with x as the first vector (so Gram-Schmidt will give a basis containing one basis vector in the same direction as x).
     
  4. Oct 27, 2004 #3
    That's definitely what I meant, but I copied it verbatim from my crappy book (Messer's Linear Algebra) starting with "show the vector . . ." It's good with proofs, not so good with the math.
     
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