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Homework Help: On proving Linearly independence

  1. Feb 3, 2004 #1
    Hello. I want to ask questions... I hope you can guide me
    in showing the proof.

    1. Let a, b and c be vectors in a vector space such that {a, b} is linearly independent. Show that if c does not belong to span {a, b}
    , then {a, b, c} is linearly independent.

    I know that is {a,b} is l. independent, it implies that
    c1a + c2b = 0. That is, c1 = c2 = 0.
    What does it mean (imply) when c is not in span {a,b}?
    How will I show the essence of the proof?

    2. Let S = {u1, u2, ..., uk) be a set of vectors in a vector space, and let T = {v1, v2, ..., vm}, where each vi, i = 1, 2, ..., m, is a linear combination of the vectors in S. Show that

    w = b1v1 + b2v2 + ... + bmvm
    is a linear combination of the vectors in S.

    How will I show the essence of the proof? I don't understand the meaning (implication)of the first sentence.
     
    Last edited: Feb 3, 2004
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