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Unformatted text preview: SECTION 4.3 BASES FOR VECTOR SPACES Now, if we have a vector space V , we CANNOT talk about systems of equations, column vectors, matrices, or row operations. However, we CAN talk about the following for lists of vectors v 1 ,..., v p in any vector space V . SPAN: The span of the list is Span { v 1 ,..., v p } , which is the set of all linear combinations of v 1 ,..., v p . LINEAR INDEPENDENCE: The ONLY weights for which c 1 v 1 + c 2 v 2 + + c p v p = are c 1 = c 2 = = c p = 0. LINEAR DEPENDENCE: There are weights, not all zero , for which c 1 v 1 + c 2 v 2 + + c p v p = . This equation is then called a linear dependence relation. BASIS: A basis for a subspace H of a vector space V is an ordered list of vectors B = { b 1 ,..., b p } which are linearly independent and span H . Remember that H might be V itself. EXAMPLES. (1) The standard basis for R 5 (2) The standard basis for P 7 , the vector space of polynomials of degree no larger than 7. (3) The columns of an invertible...
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This note was uploaded on 03/06/2010 for the course M 340L taught by Professor Pavlovic during the Spring '08 term at University of Texas at Austin.
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