# Linear Algebra. Proving differentiable functions are a vector space.

Question: Show the set of all differentiable functions on (-infinity, +infinity) that satisfy f′ + 2f = 0 is a vector space.

I started the problem by assuming that f and g are both differentiable functions that satisfy this vector space.

Then I ran through the ten axioms of addition and scalar multiplication and proving that each one works.

I feel like that does not answer the question though since why would I need the equation f' + 2f = 0?

How does that equation come into play?

Thanks for any help provided.

tiny-tim
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welcome to pf!

hi datran! welcome to pf! I feel like that does not answer the question though since why would I need the equation f' + 2f = 0?

How does that equation come into play?

you have to prove eg that (f+g) satisfies that equation (yes, i know it's obvious … but you still have to prove it!)

Oh!

So I would do (f+g) = (f+g)' + 2(f+g) = 0

and same thing over and over for the 10 axioms.

So really f and g are like variables?

Thank you so much! That actually made many more problems clearer!

Fredrik
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