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What is the difference between algebraic structure and space

  1. Aug 26, 2015 #1
    Hi All
    A mathematical structure : is A set with an Object ( structure ) and there are generally two types of mathematical structure , which are algebraic structure and space ( geometric structure )
    Eaxmples of algebraic structure are rings , fields , modules vector spaces ... act
    Examples of spaces are topological space , metric space ... act
    My question is the vector space is an algebraic structure ? And why is it called a space ( considered as space ) ?.

    Does it mean because vector space can be used to represent spaces in geometry ?! So its called a space ! As it is an algebraic structure also !
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  3. Aug 26, 2015 #2

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    I'd say that a vector space is both an algebraic structure as a geometric space. So yes, it has a definite geometric meaning, but it is inherently algebraic.
     
  4. Aug 26, 2015 #3
    @mikeey,

    I'd have to agree with micromass that's it's both. I believe that the space in vector space comes from the fact that 3-dimensional space was first modeled in three variables in algebraic equations. Remember that vector space is nothing more than a more advanced construct of seeing space as a neutral set of points in three dimensions. The difference of course is that vectors have directions and therefore are a more convenient mathematical construct for modeling phenomena in physics. Like all things mathematical, naturally, three is too few, and therefore it becomes abstracted to ## n ## dimensions. What makes vector space familiar is that it is an algebra, and who hasn't learned calculations primarily through algebra as a road to understanding mathematical systems?
     
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