# Span of a linearly independent subset of a hilbert space is a subspace iff finite

1. Mar 5, 2012

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

Let S be a linearly independent subset of a Hilbert space. Prove that span(S) is a subspace, that is a linear manifold and a closed set, if and only if S is finite.

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3. The attempt at a solution

Assuming S is finite means that S is a closed set (a finite subset of a metric space is closed). I think that this will help to prove span(S) is a closed set but I am a bit stuck.

2. Mar 5, 2012

### sunjin09

Sorry I have no idea

Last edited: Mar 5, 2012
3. Mar 5, 2012

### Dick

span(S) is the set of all FINITE linear combinations of elements in S. To see how that would make a problem for the set being closed if S is infinite, define a convergent series that contains multiples of an infinite number of elements of S.