Help Needed for Vector Space Proof

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Hello

Well i hv just started vector spaces and well am finding difficulty in proving this hoffman and kunze problem could some 1 help me :(

Question : W1 and W2 be sub-spaces of vector space V such that set-theoritic union of W1 and W2 is also a Subspace . Proove that one of the subspace Wi is contained in other ?

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so you have that W_1, W_2 are subspaces

you need to show that if W_1 U W_2 is a subspace then W_1 is contained in W_2, or W_2 is contained in W_1

the contrapositive is easier to prove, you should show that
if W_1 is not contained in W_2 and W_2 is not contained in W_1, then W_1 U W_2 is not a subspace
hint: W_1 U W_2 won't be closed under addition, show this and you are done
 
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i.e. use contradiction.
 
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Hey thanx was able to do the proof by proving the contradicton
 
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Where is Applied maths

Please I wanna know if there is a forum that is talking about applied maths ..

If there. u can send me an e-mail at>>> ( ahmedtomyus@yahoo.com )
 
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What do you mean by "applied maths"?
 
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