# Some technical questions about spans and bases

1. Jan 6, 2013

### Bipolarity

I have some technical questions about spans and bases which my textbook really does not cover very well. I would appreciate answers to them. They are not textbook problems, merely specific quesitons relating to the definitions of "span" and "basis".

1) If span(S) = V, need the elements of S be in V?
2) If S is a basis for V, need the elements of S be in V?
3) If S spans V, does S span every subspace of V?
4) If S is a basis for V, is S a basis for every subspace of V?
5) If S is linearly independent, is every subset of S also linearly independent?
6) If S is linearly dependent, is every superset of S also linearly dependent?

If I am not wrong, the answers to the questions are:
1) Yes
2) Yes
3) Yes
4) No
5) Yes
6) Yes

But I would like explicit confirmation.
All help is appreciated. Thanks.

BiP

2. Jan 6, 2013

### Staff: Mentor

All correct. For a strict mathematical formulation, you should let everything be a part of a vector space W (can be identical to V, but then questions 1 and 2 are meaningless).

The span of S contains every subspace of V as subset.

3. Jan 6, 2013