# Vectorspace of matrices

gazzo
Hey, I have a quick question. Let ${\cal U}$ be the subspace of $\mathbb{R}_{2x2}$ of all matrices of the form $$\left( \begin{array}{ccc}x&-x\\y&z\end{array}\right)$$.

Is it true, that

$$\left( \begin{array}{ccc}x&-x\\y&z\end{array}\right) = x\left( \begin{array}{ccc}1&-1\\0&0\end{array}\right) + y\left( \begin{array}{ccc}0&0\\1&0\end{array}\right) + z\left( \begin{array}{ccc}0&0\\0&1\end{array}\right) = x{\cal M}_1 + y{\cal M}_2 + z{\cal M}_3$$

So ${\cal B}=\left\{\cal M}_1,{\cal M}_2,{\cal M}_{3} \right\}$ forms a basis for ${\cal U}$. And that it has dimension 3 after showing that they are independent.

Also,

$${\cal W} = \left( \begin{array}{ccc}a&b\\-a&c\end{array}\right)$$

So
$$\left\{\left( \begin{array}{ccc}1&0\\-1&0\end{array}\right),\left( \begin{array}{ccc}0&1\\0&0\end{array}\right),\left( \begin{array}{ccc}0&0\\0&1\end{array}\right)\right\}$$

is a basis for ${\cal W}$ (with three dimensions).

Any help appreciated. Thanks Yeah sorry, was slack on that bit. What about the intersection? I get some wacky answer. With a basis; the matrices $$\left( \begin{array}{ccc}0&0\\0&1\end{array}\right)$$ and $$\left( \begin{array}{ccc}1&-1\\-1&0\end{array}\right)$$