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Homework Help: Linear dependency proof

  1. Apr 28, 2010 #1
    If S= { v1, v2, v3......vn} lies in a vector space, S is linearly dependent if one vector in S is a linear combination of all the other vectors in S.

    So I set up the below:

    c1v1A + c2v2A +c3 v3A= 0
    c1v1B + c2v2B +c3 v3B= 0
    c1v1C + c2v2C +c3 v3C= 0

    Since S lies in the vector space we know there are infinitely many solutions for (c1,c2,c3)

    What am I missing here?
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  3. Apr 28, 2010 #2


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    If the solution to your set of equations is c1 = c2 = c3 = 0, then the vectors v1, v2 and v3 are linearly independent. I'm not sure what exactly you're asking.
  4. Apr 28, 2010 #3
    I'm assuming that, for example, by v1A you mean the first component of the vector v1? Your setup is correct but such an equation like that is not guaranteed infinitely many solutions: there is either exactly one solution (in which case it must be c1 = c2 = c3 = 0) or infinitely many. If there is only the one trivial solution then the set of vectors is linearly independent.
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