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Subspace query

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how many 1 dimensional subspaces of Z_3^3 are there?

Z_3^3 has 3^3 = 27 vectors

26 of which are non zero

then we can say v and 2v have the same span and so there are in fact 13 1 dimensional subspaces. is this true?
 

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dx
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No that doesn't make sense.

Hint: Draw the space as a lattice.
 
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for Z_3^2, my lecturer does the following:

there are 3^2=9 elements
8 are non zero
v and 2v have the same span
therefore there are 4 1 dimensional subspaces

why can't this be extended to Z_3^3

i dont know how to draw it as a lattice or what that means to be honest...
 
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Ok that does make sense, sorry. Here's why he argument works: The non-zero elements of the group Z3 all have order three, so that means that if v is a non zero element of Z3xZ3, v and 2v will be distinct, and 3v will be (0, 0, 0), so {v, 2v, 3v} will be a one dimensional subgroup generated by v.
 

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