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Introduction to Linear Algebra

ISBN: 9780073532356 | 0073532355
Edition: 1st
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math
Pub. Date: 9/25/2008

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Linear Algebra with Applications is an introductory text targeted to secondor advanced first year undergraduate students. The organization of this textis motivated by what our experience tells us are the essential concepts thatstudents should master in a one semester undergraduate Linear Algebra course.The centerpiece of our philosophy regarding the presentation of the materialis that each topic should be fully developed before moving on to the next. Inaddition, there should be a natural connection between topics. We take greatcare to meet both of these objectives. This allows us to stay on task so thateach topic can be covered with the depth required before progressing to the nextlogical one. As a result the reader is prepared for each new unit and there is noneed to repeat a concept in a subsequent chapter when it is utilized. Linear Algebra is taken early in an undergraduate curriculum and yet offersthe opportunity to introduce the importance of abstraction, not only in mathematics, but in many other areas where Linear Algebra is used. Our approachis to take advantage of this opportunity by presenting abstract vector spacesas early as possible. Throughout the text, we are mindful of the difficultiesthat students at this level have with abstraction and introduce new conceptsfirst through examples which gently illustrate the idea. To motivate the defini-tion of an abstract vector space, and the subtle concept of linear independence,we use addition and scalar multiplication of vectors in Euclidean Space. Wehave strived to create a balance between computation, problem solving, and ab-straction. This approach equips students with the necessary skills and problemsolving strategies in an abstract setting that allows for a greater understandingand appreciation for the numerous applications of the subject.

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