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Vector spaces are the principal object of study in linear algebra. A vector space is always defined with respectto a field of scalars.


A field is a set F equipped with two operations, addition and mulitplication, and containing two special members 0 and 1( 0 1 ), such that for all a b c F

    • a b F
    • a b b a
    • ( a + b ) + c a + ( b + c )
    • a 0 a
    • there exists a such that a a 0
    • a b F
    • a b b a
    • a b c a b c
    • a 1 a
    • there exists a such that a a 1
  • a b c a b a c
More concisely
  • F is an abelian group under addition
  • F is an abelian group under multiplication
  • multiplication distributes over addition



Vector spaces

Let F be a field, and V a set. We say V is a vector space over F if there exist two operations, defined for all a F , u V and v V :

  • vector addition: ( u , v ) u v V
  • scalar multiplication: ( a , v ) a v V
and if there exists an element denoted 0 V , such that the following hold for all a F , b F , and u V , v V , and w V
    • u + ( v + w ) ( u + v ) + w
    • u v v u
    • u 0 u
    • there exists u such that u u 0
    • a u v a u a v
    • a b u a u b u
    • a b u a b u
    • 1 u u
More concisely,
  • V is an abelian group under plus
  • Natural properties of scalar multiplication


  • N is a vector space over
  • N is a vector space over
  • N is a vector space over
  • N is not a vector space over
The elements of V are called vectors .

Euclidean space

Throughout this course we will think of a signal as a vector x x 1 x 2 x N x 1 x 2 x N The samples x i could be samples from a finite duration, continuous time signal, for example.

A signal will belong to one of two vector spaces:

Real euclidean space

x N (over)

Complex euclidean space

x N (over)


Let V be a vector space over F .

A subset S V is called a subspace of V if S is a vector space over F in its own right.

V 2 , F , S any line though the origin .

S is any line through the origin.

Are there other subspaces?

S V is a subspace if and only if for all a F and b F and for all s S and t S , a s b t S

Linear independence

Let u 1 , , u k V .

We say that these vectors are linearly dependent if there exist scalars a 1 , , a k F such that

i 1 k a i u i 0
and at least one a i 0 .

If only holds for the case a 1 a k 0 , we say that the vectors are linearly independent .

1 1 -1 2 2 -2 3 0 1 -5 7 -2 0 so these vectors are linearly dependent in 3 .

Spanning sets

Consider the subset S v 1 v 2 v k . Define the span of S < S > span S i 1 k a i v i a i F

Fact: < S > is a subspace of V .

V 3 , F , S v 1 v 2 , v 1 1 0 0 , v 2 0 1 0 < S > xy-plane .

< S > is the xy-plane.


If S is infinite, the notions of linear independence and span are easily generalized:

We say S is linearly independent if, for every finite collection u 1 , , u k S , ( k arbitrary) we have i 1 k a i u i 0 i a i 0 The span of S is < S > i 1 k a i u i a i F u i S k

In both definitions, we only consider finite sums.


A set B V is called a basis for V over F if and only if

  • B is linearly independent
  • < B > V
Bases are of fundamental importance in signal processing. They allow us to decompose a signal into building blocks (basisvectors) that are often more easily understood.

V = (real or complex) Euclidean space, N or N . B e 1 e N standard basis e i 0 1 0 where the 1 is in the i th position.

V N over. B u 1 u N which is the DFT basis. u k 1 2 k N 2 k N N 1 where -1 .

Key fact

If B is a basis for V , then every v V can be written uniquely (up to order of terms) in the form v i 1 N a i v i where a i F and v i B .

Other facts

  • If S is a linearly independent set, then S can be extended to a basis.
  • If < S > V , then S contains a basis.

Questions & Answers

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Bob Reply
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are you nano engineer ?
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That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
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carbon nanotubes has various application in fuel cells membrane, current research on cancer drug,and in electronics MEMS and NEMS etc
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s. Reply
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Do you know which machine is used to that process?
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or in general
in general
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