Linear algebra - basis of subspace

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Homework Statement



Find a basis of the subspace of R4 that consists of all vectors perpendicular to both

(1
0
5
2)

and

(0
1
5
5)

^ those are vectors.


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The Attempt at a Solution



I understand that a basis needs to be linearly independent and that it needs to span the vector space, but I am thrown off by the fact that the basis needs to consist of vectors perpendicular to those vectors above.
 

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do you know about orthogonal projections? or perhaps the gram-schmidt process? seems like the perfect time to use it. dont know if wikipedia links are allowed to be posted here, but here is a link to gram schmidt in case you havent read about it. the process itself might seem tedious but is very simple.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gram–Schmidt_process

hope this helps.

cj.
 
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Another approach is to Let u = (u1, u2, u3, u4) be a vector in R4.

Since u is perpendicular to both of your given vectors, the dot product of u with each of the given vectors should be 0. That will give you two equations in four unknowns. These equations can be used to find a basis for your subspace.
 
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thanks! i got it :)
 

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