α
=
x
+
y
2
y
−
x
= 2
β
β
=
y
−
x
2
(
x, y
) =
x
+
y
2
(1
,
1) +
y
−
x
2
(
−
1
,
1)
Since (
x, y
) is an arbitrary element of
R
2
,
{
(1
,
1)
,
(
−
1
,
1)
}
spans
R
2
. If (
x, y
) = (0
,
0),
α
=
0 + 0
2
= 0
,
β
=
0
−
0
2
= 0
so the coeﬃcients are all zero, so
{
(1
,
1)
,
(
−
1
,
1)
}
is linearly in-
dependent. Since it is linearly independent and spans
R
2
, it is a
basis.
Example:
{
(1
,
0
,
0)
,
(0
,
1
,
0)
}
is not a basis of
R
3
, because it does
not span.
Example:
{
(1
,
0)
,
(0
,
1)
,
(1
,
1)
}
is not a basis for
R
2
.
1(1
,
0) + 1(0
,
1) + (
−
1)(1
,
1) = (0
,
0)
so the set is not linearly independent.
Theorem 2 (1.2’, see Corrections handout)
Let
B
be a
Hamel basis for
V
.
Then every vector
x
∈
V
has a
unique
representation as a linear combination (with
all
coeﬃcients
nonzero) of a finite number of elements of
B
.
(
Aside:
the unique representation of 0 is 0 =
∑
i
∈∅
α
i
b
i
.)
Proof:
Let
x
∈
V
. Since
B
spans
V
, we can write
x
=
s
∈
S
1
α
s
v
s
2