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Elementary Linear Algebra - 8th edition

Elementary Linear Algebra (ISBN10: 0130457876; ISBN13: 9780130457875)
ISBN13: 978-0130457875
ISBN10: 0130457876

Summary: For introductory sophomore-level courses in Linear Algebra or Matrix Theory.

This text presents the basic ideas of linear algebra in a manner that offers students a fine balance between abstraction/theory and computational skills. The emphasis is on not just teaching how to read a proof but also on how to write a proof.


  • NEW--Improved pedagogy--Divides Chapter 1, Lin moreear Equations and Matrices, into two chapters, laying the foundation for using the idea of matrix function or maps.
    • Provides students with an easier format to understand important concepts. Gives instructors the opportunity to present subject matter more comprehensively.
  • NEW--Matrix multiplication in a separate section.
    • Gives students more careful coverage of this topic.
  • NEW--Matrix Transformations--Included in this edition.
    • Introduces geometric applications at a very early stage.
  • NEW--Computer Graphics--Gives an application of matrix transformations.
    • Gives students this application earlier in this edition, illustrating the concept more fully.
  • NEW--Improved organization--Moved material in Chapters 1 and 4.
    • Provides students with improved exposition and flow of material.
  • NEW--Correlation Coefficient--Gives an application of dot product to statistics in a new section.
  • NEW--More computer-graphics--Includes Section 5.6, Introduction to Homogeneous Coordinates.
    • Extends and generalizes for students the concepts of computer graphics.
  • NEW--More on search engines--Includes Section 7.9, Dominant Eigenvalue and Principal Component Analysis, and includes several applications of this material.
    • Discusses for students the popular search engine Google®, and how it uses the dominant eigenvalue of an enormously large matrix to search the web.
  • NEW--Eigenvalue development includes the complex case.
    • Provides a more unified approach.
  • NEW--More geometry throughout.
    • Offers students a stronger emphasis on the geometrical presentation of basic ideas, and supports this emphasis with an increased use of illustrative ideas.
  • NEW--More figures--Increased from 149 figures to 204.
    • Gives students more visual aids to increase understanding which is particularly important in the visual world of geometry.
  • NEW--Added exercises at all levels--Includes 1603 exercises; exercises are available at the end of each chapter.
    • Allows students to more fully explore and study the topics at hand.
  • NEW--Upgraded MATLAB M-files.
    • Gives students the more modern versions of these files.
  • NEW--Key terms listed at the end of each section.
  • NEW--Chapter review at the end of each chapter--Includes review True/False questions and Chapter Quiz.
  • NEW--Appendix on an introduction to proofs.
    • Eases students into the abstract aspects of linear algebra.
  • Crisp, conversational tone.
    • Enables students to easily follow the style of the text.
  • Strong pedagogical framework.
    • Provides students with a strong understanding by gradually introducing topics that connect abstract ideas to concrete foundations.
  • Answers to odd-numbered exercises--Available in a section at the back of the text.
    • Enables instructors to use text exercises as graded homework assignments.
  • General level of applications--Presents applications that are suited to a more general audience, rather than for a strongly science-oriented one.
    • Enables instructors to use this text for a greater variety of class levels.
  • Easy use and readability--Features brief text, smaller trim size, and blue second-color ink.
    • Provides students with an easily-read and easily-utilized book.
  • Comprehensive supplements--Includes a Student Solutions Manual, an Instructor's Solutions Manual, and a Companion Website.
    • Gives both students and instructors valuable course support. less

Edition/Copyright: 8TH 04
Cover: Hardback
Publisher: Prentice Hall, Inc.
Published: 06/19/2003
International: No

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