nLab basis of a vector space

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Algebra

higher algebra

universal algebra

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Definition

For $k$ a field and $V$ a $k$-vector space, a basis for $V$ is a basis of a free module for $V$ regarded as a free module over $k$. In functional analysis, a basis in this sense is called a Hamel basis.

Properties

The basis theorem asserts that, with the axiom of choice, every vector space admits a basis, hence that every module over a field is a free module.

Revised on October 28, 2013 21:35:44 by Urs Schreiber (82.169.114.243)