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Consider vectors \(\vec{u}\), \(\vec{v}\) and \(\vec{w}\), if \(\vec{w}\) is a linear combination of \(\vec{u}\) and \(\vec{v}\), does that mean that
i) \(\vec{w}\) is linearly dependent on \(\vec{u}\) and \(\vec{v}\) ?
ii) sp(\(\vec{u}\), \(\vec{v}\), \(\vec{w}\)) = sp(\(\vec{u}\), \(\vec{v}\)) ?
 one year ago
Conceptchecking questions Consider vectors \(\vec{u}\), \(\vec{v}\) and \(\vec{w}\), if \(\vec{w}\) is a linear combination of \(\vec{u}\) and \(\vec{v}\), does that mean that i) \(\vec{w}\) is linearly dependent on \(\vec{u}\) and \(\vec{v}\) ? ii) sp(\(\vec{u}\), \(\vec{v}\), \(\vec{w}\)) = sp(\(\vec{u}\), \(\vec{v}\)) ?

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oldrin.bataku
 one year ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1(i) follows straight from the definition of linear dependence :) For (ii), recognize that the linear span of a set of vectors is the set of all its finite linear combinations; if \(\vec{u},\vec{v},\vec{w}\) are linearly dependent, i.e. \(\vec{w}\) is a linear combination of \(\vec{u},\vec{v}\), then it should be immediately apparent that the spanning sets are identical.

RolyPoly
 one year ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0If I can show \(\vec{u}=(u_1, u_2, u_3)\), \(\vec{v}=(v_1, v_2, v_3)\), and \(\vec{w}=(w_1, w_2, w_3)\) span \(\Re^3\), can I immediately draw a conclusion that the vectors are linearly independent?

oldrin.bataku
 one year ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1I believe so, yes...

RolyPoly
 one year ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0And so, if they do not span \(\Re^3\), they are linearly dependent, right?

UnkleRhaukus
 one year ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1yeah three vectors that aren't all linearly independent cannot span \[\mathbb R^3\]

RolyPoly
 one year ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0Could "yeah three vectors that aren't all linearly independent cannot span \(\Re^3\)" be the justification of the answer?

UnkleRhaukus
 one year ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1i wouldn't word it like that

RolyPoly
 one year ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0Since it cannot span \(\Re^3\), that means one of the vectors is a linear combination of the other vectors, therefore, the vectors are linearly dependent. ^ Could that be one?

UnkleRhaukus
 one year ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1thats is better yes

RolyPoly
 one year ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0That's pretty nice :) Thanks! May I ask one more question about linear dependence here?

RolyPoly
 one year ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0Checking the linear dependence of vectors, say, \(\vec{u} =(u_1,u_2,u_3), \vec{v} =(v_1,v_2,v_3),\) and \(\vec{w} =(w_1,w_2,w_3)\) Method I) \[\left[\begin{matrix}u_1 & v_1 &  & w_1 \\ u_2 & v_2 &  & w_2 \\u_3 & v_3 &  &w_3\end{matrix}\right]\] Solve it, if it is a) consistent (that is it has solution), then it is linearly dependent b) inconsistent (that is it has no solution), the it is linearly independent Method II) Find the determinant of \[\left[\begin{matrix}u_1 & v_1 & w_1 \\ u_2 & v_2 & w_2 \\u_3 & v_3 & w_3\end{matrix}\right]\] If the determinant is a) equal to 0, it is linearly dependent b) not equal to 0, it is linearly independent Is that correct? Is there any other way to check the linear dependence?

UnkleRhaukus
 one year ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1for the first method if (0,0,0) is the only solution the the vectors are independent the second method is right, and im sure there are other methods but i can think of them

RolyPoly
 one year ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0I think for the first method, it's actually testing if \(\vec{w}\) is a linear combination of \(\vec{u}\) and \(\vec{v}\) Please leave a comment here if you can think of any of them. That would be really helpful! Thank you for your help!! :)

oldrin.bataku
 one year ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1If \(\vec{w}\) can be written as a linear combination of \(\vec{u}, \vec{w}\) then they are dependent.

RolyPoly
 one year ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0And that's why "if it is a) consistent (that is it has solution), then it is linearly dependent b) inconsistent (that is it has no solution), the it is linearly independent" :

UnkleRhaukus
 one year ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1if you find the angle between vectors is π/2 the vectors will be independent

RolyPoly
 one year ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0How to find the angle between three vectors??

UnkleRhaukus
 one year ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1\[\theta=\arccos\left(\frac{\vec u \cdot \vec v}{\vec u~~\vec v}\right)\]

UnkleRhaukus
 one year ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1For multiple vectors you would have to find the angle between each possible pair of vectors

RolyPoly
 one year ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0For the case of two vectors, I still can do it. But not for three or more vectors..
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