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Homework Help: Subspaces and spans

  1. Aug 30, 2010 #1
    Just a quick question. Is the following okay?:
    The span of a set of vectors corresponds to a subspace in Rn.
    But the span of a set of vectors can also be ALL of Rn, does that mean all of Rn can be considered a subspace? Or does it mean the first definiton is not entirely correct, and instead a span of a set of vectors can simply be used to identify a subspace, if it exists.
    I realise this is a fairly trivial question, but I would like to make sure that I haven't overlooked anything.
    Here is an example of what I mean.
    The span(v1,v2), where [tex]v_{1} = \left(\begin{array}{cc}1\\0\end{array}\right), v_{2} = \left(\begin{array}{cc}0\\1\end{array}\right)[/tex] is R2. It is also closed under addition and multiplication, and contains the zero vector, so it satisfies the requirements for a subspace; is it a subspace within, say Rn with n>2? I don't think so, because the vector is composed of two components, and I was thinking a subspace would have to be within the confines of these two dimensions.
    Any help appreciated, if it is not clear I can try to re-explain what I mean. I am hoping it's more of an issue of definition.
    Thanks in advance.
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  3. Aug 30, 2010 #2


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    Yes, a vector space is a subspace of itself.
  4. Aug 30, 2010 #3
    [itex]\mathbb{R}^n[/itex] is a subspace of itself (you can verify with the definition that it satisfies the properties of a subspace).
  5. Aug 30, 2010 #4
    Thankyou Vela and Rasmhop.
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