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What kind of space is this?

  1. Jul 25, 2009 #1
    A set of vectors V defines a Euclidean subspace. A subspace contains the zero vector. Now consider augmenting this space so that a constant vector must be added to the linear combination. The resulting space no longer contains the zero vector so it is not a subspace, but it's clearly some kind of space...what do we call this kind of space?
     
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  3. Jul 25, 2009 #2
    i think that's called an affine space
     
  4. Jul 26, 2009 #3

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    I would call it a "linear manifold".

    I X is such a subset of a vector space and x0 is a specific vector in X, then V= {x- x0| x is in X} is a subspace and every member of X can be written "v+ x0" for some v in V.

    The set of all solutions to a homogeneous linear differential equation form a subspace of all analytic functions and the set of all solutions to a non-homogeneous linear equation form a linear manifold. That is why can find general solution to a non-homogenous equation by adding any specific solution to the general solution of the associated homogenous equation.
     
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