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## Homework Statement

Show that the following is NOT a vector space:

{(a, 1) | a, b, c, ∈ ℝ}

{(b, c)

Note: this is is meant to be a 2x2 matrix. This may not have been clear in how I formatted it.

**2. The attempt at a solution**

I am self-studying linear algebra, and have had a difficulty conceptualizing/interpreting what a vector space actually

*is*. However, to show that the set of all matrices of the form above is NOT a vector space, I subjected it to the addition/multiplication conditions. For example, the condition

**v**+

**w**∈ V:

(a, 1) + (p, 1) = (a+p, 2)

(b, c) + (q, r) = (b+q, c+r)

The sum of the two matrices yields a matrix NOT of the original form, with 1 in the a_1,2 position. Does this prove that the set is not a vector space? Have I correctly interpreted the purpose of this problem as: "Show that one of the vector space conditions does not give back a matrix with the same form as the original matrix (a, 1, b, c)"?

Another way I interpreted the question was: "Find a way to make a, b, or c NOT a real number." However, I could not think of a way to transform them into an imaginary number without using a scalar r ∉ ℝ.

My book gives many examples of what vector spaces are, or

*can be*, but leaves it up to the reader to infer what does not constitute a vector space.

So, have I correctly solved the problem? Any helpful tips would be greatly appreciated! No answers, please. :)

Thanks a lot,

Jordan