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Homework Help: Spanning Sets in Vector Spaces

  1. Oct 30, 2012 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    True or False: If S is a spanning set for a vector space V, then every vector v in V must be uniquely expressible as a linear combination of the vectors in S.

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    3. The attempt at a solution
    For some reason, the answer to this question is false, although to me it seems like this is almost the definition of a spanning set. I am unsure about what the word "uniquely" means here, so maybe that is causing my confusion. Any help would be appreciated!
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  3. Oct 30, 2012 #2


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    I think you're onto it, but i'd go back to your definition of a spanning set. If it only requires that the set spans V and uniqueness is not required, then there may exist more than one way to form a given vector v, e.g. consider if your set had both (1,0,0) and (2,0,0) in it..
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