Date: Apr 27, 2004 3:28 PM
Author: Toni Lassila
Subject: Re: Failing Linear Algebra:
On 27 Apr 2004 12:13:44 -0700, Anonymous wrote:

>I think I may finally be getting a grip on what a vector space is:

>

>It's a group of vectors that can be multiplied by any scalar and/or

>added together in any way, and whatever possible combinations that can

>result is the "vector space" for that group of vectors.

Define "vector". You can't really, since you haven't properly defined

a vector space. Hint: axioms.

>understand it. For vectors in R^2, a plane is formed ("spanned"???)

>by the vector space. For vectors in R^3, a solid area is formed by

>the vector space.

Is span({0,0},{0,2}) a plane? Is span({0,0,0},{0,0,1},{0,0,2}) a solid

area?

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