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## Homework Statement

Let u and v be two nonzero vectors in R^2. If there is no c E R such that u = cv, show that {u, Bv} is a basis of R^2 and that R^2 is a direct sum of the subspaces generated by U = <u> and V = <v> respectively.

## Homework Equations

Clearly, u and v are linearly independent. So...

## The Attempt at a Solution

I want to show r1u + r2Bv = 0 implies r1 = r2 = 0. If B=0 (since v cannot equal 0), then the second term drops out and r1u =0. Because u is non-zero, r1=0. Back to the original statement, if r1=0, then the first term drops out and r2Bv = 0. Since v is non-zero, and assume B is non zero as well, r2 = 0. But what if B IS zero? I'm getting a little confused by this logic...