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Planar Vectors

  1. Jul 13, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Show that two planar vectors a and b are linearly independent if and only if they are not parallel.

    3. The attempt at a solution
    I know that, if they are not parallel, they will meet and cross in a line.
    What else should I know before proving this question?
     
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  3. Jul 13, 2009 #2

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    You certainly should know the definition of "independent vectors"! I don't think it will help to think "geometrically" here. Just use the definitions of "independent" and "dependent" vectors and the fact that, since the plane is two dimensional, two independent vectors must span the entire space.
     
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