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## How do you prove three vectors are linearly independent?

If your three vectors only have one or two components, they are guaranteed to not have linear independence. If your vectors have three components, they might be linearly independent, if they have four or more components, they are more likely to be independent (so long as those extra components aren’t 0).

**How do you show a set of vectors are linearly independent?**

We have now found a test for determining whether a given set of vectors is linearly independent: A set of n vectors of length n is linearly independent if the matrix with these vectors as columns has a non-zero determinant. The set is of course dependent if the determinant is zero.

**Can 3 vectors in r4 be linearly independent?**

3) vectors can be linearly independent. No, that is not possible. In any -dimensional vector space, any set of linear-independent vectors forms a basis. This means adding any more vectors to that set will make it linear-dependent.

### Can 3 vectors in r2 be linearly independent?

Theorem: Any n linearly independent vectors in Rn are a basis for Rn. Any two linearly independent vectors in R2 are a basis. Any three vectors in R2 are linearly dependent since any one of the three vectors can be expressed as a linear combination of the other two vectors.

**Are the three vectors independent?**

These vectors span R3. The three vectors are not linearly independent. In general, n vectors in Rn form a basis if they are the column vectors of an invertible matrix.

**What does it mean when vectors are linearly independent?**

A set of vectors is called linearly independent if no vector in the set can be expressed as a linear combination of the other vectors in the set. If any of the vectors can be expressed as a linear combination of the others, then the set is said to be linearly dependent.

## What does it mean for vectors to be linearly independent?

**Is it possible that vectors v1 v2 v3 are linearly dependent but the vectors w1 v1 v2 w2 v2 v3 and w3 v3 v1 are linearly independent?**

can have? No, it is impossible: If the vectors v1,v2,v3 are linearly dependent, then one of the vectors is a linear combination of two others. Therefore, V cannot have 3 linearly independent vectors w1,w2,w3 in it.

**What can we say about 3 vectors in R4?**

Solution: A set of three vectors can not span R4. To see this, let A be the 4 × 3 matrix whose columns are the three vectors. This matrix has at most three pivot columns. This means that the last row of the echelon form U of A contains only zeros.

### Are 3 vectors always linearly dependent?

Setting c to be non-zero ensures that at least one of the scalars are non-zero while satisfying (2). Therefore, because there exists at least one solution that is not a=b=c=0, the 3 vectors are linearly dependent in this case.