# Understanding Vector Spaces

TLDRIn this educational episode, Professor Dave delves into the foundational concept of vector spaces, also known as linear spaces, building upon the previous discussions on vectors, matrices, and basic mathematical operations like addition and scalar multiplication. The video introduces the notation and key properties of vector spaces, including commutativity, associativity, and the existence of a zero vector. It emphasizes the crucial concept of closure, illustrating it through examples with real numbers, real vectors, matrices, and even linear polynomials, thereby demonstrating that vector spaces can encompass a variety of elements beyond just vectors. The episode concludes by exploring what happens when a set doesn't satisfy closure properties, making it clear that not all sets of vectors form a vector space.

###### Takeaways

- ๐ A vector space is a set of elements that can be added and multiplied by scalars while satisfying certain properties
- ๐ฏ Closure is an important property - multiplying an element by a scalar and adding elements must give results still within the set
- ๐ Examples of vector spaces include sets of vectors, matrices, and linear functions
- ๐ฎ The set of all real numbers forms a vector space
- ๐ค A set is not a vector space if the closure properties are not satisfied
- ๐ Vectors spaces have commutative and associative addition
- ๐ They contain a zero vector and inverses for each element
- ๐ Scalars distribute across vector addition and scalar multiplication
- ๐ข Multiplying an element by the scalar 1 gives back that element
- ๐ Understanding vector spaces will be useful for upcoming topics

###### Q & A

### What is a vector space?

-A vector space, also called a linear space, is a collection of elements that can be added together in any combination and multiplied by scalars in any combination. The elements must follow certain rules like commutative and associative properties of vector addition.

### What is the closure property of a vector space?

-The closure property states that for any element a in the vector space V, multiplying a by any scalar will result in an element that is also in V. Also, adding any two elements in V will result in an element that is also contained within V.

### What does the set of real numbers R represent?

-R represents the set of all real numbers, including positive, negative, rational, and irrational numbers.

### Can a vector space contain more than just vectors?

-Yes, a vector space can also contain matrices, functions, or other mathematical objects as long as the two closure properties are satisfied.

### What was an example of a vector space made up of functions?

-The set of linear polynomials in the form ax+b was given as an example. When multiplied by scalars or added together, linear polynomials remain linear polynomials, satisfying closure.

### When are closure properties not satisfied?

-Closure fails when multiplying or adding two elements in the set results in something outside of the original set. An example was a set of 2x1 vectors that always had 2 in the second row.

### What does the notation Rn represent?

-Rn represents the set of all real-valued vectors with length n, where n is some integer.

### What does Rmxn represent?

-Rmxn represents the set of all real-valued m x n matrices.

### Why are matrices with the same dimensions a vector space?

-Because multiplying matrices by scalars or adding matrices together does not change their dimensions, satisfying closure.

### What topics involve working with vector spaces?

-Many linear algebra and advanced calculus topics like bases, spanning, linear transformations, and function spaces rely heavily on the vector space concept.

###### Outlines

##### ๐ Defining Vector Spaces and Closure Properties

This paragraph introduces the concept of a vector space V, which is a collection of elements that can be added together and multiplied by scalars. It states the properties vectors in V must follow, like commutative/associative addition and distribution of scalars. It then explains the closure property, which requires that multiplying an element by a scalar and adding two elements always results in something still contained in V.

##### ๐ Examples of Vector Spaces

This paragraph provides examples of sets that satisfy the vector space properties, like the set of real numbers, the set of 3D vectors with real components, and the set of real matrices with fixed dimensions. It also gives an example of a vector space made of linear polynomial functions.

##### โ Example of a Set Without Closure

This paragraph demonstrates a case where a set of 2D vectors does not form a vector space, because adding two elements results in a vector not contained in the original set due to a fixed second component. This violates the closure property.

###### Mindmap

###### Keywords

##### ๐กvector space

##### ๐กclosure

##### ๐กreal numbers

##### ๐กfunctions

##### ๐กmatrices

##### ๐กscalars

##### ๐กzero vector

##### ๐กvector addition

##### ๐กvector length

##### ๐กelement

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