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Visualizing Subspaces and Subsets (in R3)

  1. Dec 26, 2009 #1
    I have trouble visualizing what exactly these are. Vector Space, Subset, Sub Space...
    What's the difference and how can I "see" it. I'm a very visual person.
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  3. Dec 26, 2009 #2

    Vector Spaces and their Subspaces are studied in Linear Algebra, while Subsets are a much more general formulation (subspaces are subsets of appropriate vector spaces with certain properties). You visualize these things concepts by doing lots of problems on them.

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  4. Dec 26, 2009 #3
    Thanks, I've read those over a couple times before and I get the math of it. But, let's say and egg.

    Are any of these statements true about the egg?
    -The eggs as a whole is a Vector Space and the yolk sack is a Subspace?
    -If there was something else within the yolk, we could say that the yolk sack is a Vector Space and the thing inside is a Subspace.

    Sorry to use an egg as an example, it just seems to fit.
  5. Dec 26, 2009 #4


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    In Euclidean space, Rn, with addition and scalar multiplication defined "componentwise" ((x, y, z)+ (u, v, w)= (x+u,y+ v, z+ w) and r(x, y, z)= (rx, ry, rz)) vector spaces are flat. The sphere, [math]x^2+ y^2+ z^2= R^2[/math], for example, is not a vector space because (1, 0, 0) is in that set but 2(1,0,0)= (2,0,0) is not.

    The only subspaces of R3 are planes containing (0,0,0) and lines containing (0,0,0).

    (Lines and planes that do NOT contain (0,0,0) are often referred to as "linear manifolds".)
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