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I am confused on how to find span. Find span S. I really don't know what I am doing or what span even is. Any help would be much appreciated. So when finding span will you always get the equation of a plane? It may seem like a stupid question but I am so confused. All span is is the linear combination of the vectors you're finding the span of.

Now, what do you need to make a plane. You need two linearly independent vectors. They MUST be linearly independent or else you just have a line again. That's what you got when you found the span. Now on to the problems. All that's left is a plane and you can check whether the plane you found contains the 2 vectors by checking to see if the plane includes the beginning points and end points of the vectors.

Both are taken as position vectors and the plane includes 0,0,0 so just check the terminal points. You can check this plane similarly but the span of these 3 vector is only a plane because the third is a linear combination of the other two. So in short, no the span is not always a plane. Answer Save. Favorite Answer. Bpepps Lv 4. Still have questions? Get your answers by asking now.Forums New posts Search forums. What's new New posts Latest activity. Log in Register. Search titles only. Search Advanced search…. New posts. Search forums.

Log in. For a better experience, please enable JavaScript in your browser before proceeding. Determine if vector is in span of other vectors. Thread starter TheFallen Start date Aug 17, TheFallen New member. Joined Mar 16, Messages 7. Hey guys, I'm working on this problem here, and I'm a little fuzzy on how to go about this.

I feel like I should put the vectors into a matrix as columns, and row reduce. When you apply elementary row operations, say explicitly which ones you use. The matrix reduces just fine, but I'm not sure if there's more to it.

## What is the span of a matrix?

HallsofIvy Elite Member. Joined Jan 27, Messages 5, You say "I'm not sure if matrix row reduction is the right way to go about it". Well, the problem says "When you apply elementary row operations" so clearly you are expected to do that.

Of course, that is not the only way to answer this. The most basic way would be to solve two of those three equations for a and b then see if those values satisfy the third equation.

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Solvers Solvers. Lessons Lessons. Answers archive Answers. Click here to see ALL problems on Matrices-and-determiminant Question : Find a basis for the span of the given vectors [1 -1 0], [-1 0 1], [0 1 -1] I reduced it and got stuck after that. I am supposted to use the properties zero martrix and such or something else? I am just stuck and have no clue as to what I am looking for. Our text is custum and does not have an example of this but it does have examples of finding the basis of row space, column space, and null cpace of a matrix.

Is this the same thing? Please Help! Thank you in advance!!! Remember to find a basis, we need to find which vectors are linear independent. So take the set and form the matrix Now use Gaussian Elimination to row reduce the matrix Swap rows 2 and 3 Replace row 3 with the sum of rows 1 and 3 ie add rows 1 and 3 Replace row 3 with the sum of rows 2 and 3 ie add rows 2 and 3 Replace row 1 with the sum of rows 1 and 2 ie add rows 1 and 2 Now the matrix in reduced row echelon form.

Notice the matrix only has 2 pivot columns which are the first two columns. This means the first two columns of the original matrix are linearly independent.

Since the third column does not have a pivot, it is dependent on the first two columns So to form a basis, simply pull out the linearly independent columns of the original set of vectors to get the set this set will span the original set since taking out a dependent vector does not change the span. Also since the set is linearly independent, this set forms a basis since both properties are satisfied So the basis is: If this isn't what you're looking for, just let me know.By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie PolicyPrivacy Policyand our Terms of Service.

Mathematics Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for people studying math at any level and professionals in related fields. It only takes a minute to sign up. I'm just really having trouble here; I know the definition of span, but not how to apply it here.

And to write in a particular form and find a basis is confusing. First check if the vectors are linearly independent. Sign up to join this community. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top. Home Questions Tags Users Unanswered.

Finding the span of 3 vectors Ask Question. Asked 4 years, 5 months ago. Active 4 years, 5 months ago. Viewed 6k times. Michael Hardy k 25 25 gold badges silver badges bronze badges. Harambe17 Harambe17 1 1 silver badge 10 10 bronze badges. Active Oldest Votes. It seems much easier to work with than the basis you chose. I was just using the matrix to check for linear independence. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. The list of linear algebra problems is available here. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

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Sponsored Links. Search for:. MathJax Mathematical equations are created by MathJax. Top Posts How to Diagonalize a Matrix. Step by Step Explanation.A set of vectors spans a space if every other vector in the space can be written as a linear combination of the spanning set. But to get to the meaning of this we need to look at the matrix as made of column vectors. This has column vectors: 13 and 25which are linearly independent, so the matrix is non-singular ie invertible etc etc.

So let's say we want to check that 2,3 is in the span of this matrix, M, we apply the result we just got:. This is singular because its column vectors, 12 and 24are linearly dependent. This matrix only spans along direction 12. What is the span of a matrix?

### Finding the span of two vectors?

Feb 26, See below. Explanation: A set of vectors spans a space if every other vector in the space can be written as a linear combination of the spanning set.

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