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Elementary Linear Algebra Hardcover – July 3, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0618783762 ISBN-10: 0618783768 Edition: 6th

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning; 6 edition (July 3, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618783768
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618783762
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 8.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,025 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dr. Ron Larson is a professor of mathematics at The Pennsylvania State University, where he has taught since 1970. He received his Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Colorado and is considered the pioneer of using multimedia to enhance the learning of mathematics, having authored over 30 software titles since 1990. Dr. Larson conducts numerous seminars and in-service workshops for math educators around the country about using computer technology as an instructional tool and motivational aid. He is the recipient of the 2013 Text and Academic Authors Association Award for CALCULUS, the 2012 William Holmes McGuffey Longevity Award for CALCULUS: AN APPLIED APPROACH, the 2011 William Holmes McGuffey Longevity Award for PRECALCULUS: REAL MATHEMATICS, REAL PEOPLE, and the 1996 Text and Academic Authors Association TEXTY Award for INTERACTIVE CALCULUS (a complete text on CD-ROM that was the first mainstream college textbook to be offered on the Internet). Dr. Larson authors numerous textbooks including the best-selling Calculus series published by Cengage Learning.

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Bought this book for my linear algebra class.
sl.parks
Just have to put some thought into it because some proofs can turn out long when they really only take a few steps.
Casey Martinson
This book is very readable and the examples are well written and explained.
C. Anderson

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Brian Gordon on February 23, 2009
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I'm taking Linear Algebra right now, and have long since left the lectures behind. The book pulls you along with exciting, unifying concepts for its whole length. And since that's exactly what I've done, I can say that this book is perfect for people who want to study the subject on their own without taking a class; it is comprehensive and clear, covering all of its material on its own without relying on a prof to interpret.

And although linear algebra is probably the most pure math a student just coming off the Calculus 1/2/3 track has seen, the book is loaded with real-world applications. In fact, every chapter ends with an entire section of nothing but applications!

Larson relies heavily on proofs to support and also teach concepts. The important theorems are all proven very clearly. Larson seems to keep in mind that his readers are there because they're still learning the subject matter- something most math books forget when proving theorems for nothing but rigor's sake. There are a few exercises in each section called "guided proofs" which require you to prove some interesting consequence of the section's material and outline basic steps for you to take. These exercises are really a brilliant device for helping students to really think instead of following step-by-step formulas. I would complain, however, that there are many un-guided proof exercises that are difficult and aren't realistic to expect elementary linear algebra students to complete.

Still, reading this textbook is a real pleasure. It's concise and powerful and, importantly, always illustrates all concepts with examples, in addition to the half-dozen-to-dozen general examples for each section.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By C. Anderson on June 8, 2009
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Very often math books can be hard to read or follow. This book is very readable and the examples are well written and explained. I liked the layout of the book and how the authors either reviewed the material or referred to its location earlier in the book. There are a lot of questions, which are laid out in a progressive manner from the basics to the mastery level. The authors also provided resources to assist with the use of technology (though not for the n-Spire yet). Finally, as one who generally needs to see (i.e. classroom) to learn, I believe that with this text I could have taught my self Linear Algebra fairly easily.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Casey Martinson on February 3, 2012
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This textbook paired with a good teacher can make you learn a lot during your course of Linear Algebra. I would say it would also be a good book to self-study from because there are numerous exercises and from experience, there is a lot of pencil whipping to it. Most of the proofs in this book are not exceedingly complicated and can be solved with medium difficulty. Just have to put some thought into it because some proofs can turn out long when they really only take a few steps. My course wasn't taught really with applications, 90% theory, but the book has a decent amount of problems for those doing engineering, physics, and other things. I never bought the solutions manual, but it was useful to check the true and false answers for more explanation and I would recommend getting it. I would say don't use it often though because it can be a crutch. With a decent amount of studying, this would be an ideal text for a first course in Linear Algebra at a sophomore level.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Perfectrancenow on December 17, 2012
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I've gone through at least 4 other linear algebra textbooks (Strang, Anton, Beauregard, and Bretscher). The first two were "okay" for my purposes, and the last two were terrible. I was in need of some serious hand-holding for this class, and Falvo's book did just that -- I mean that in a good way.

In each section, there are lots of examples, where all of the steps are laid out in great detail. The author keeps the language as simple as possible to communicate each step to the reader. At the end of each section, there is a nice balance of straightforward computational problems and proofs. I would recommend getting a solutions manual as an extension of the textbook... not simply to copy, but to learn from more problems.

Along with this book, I would also recommend Paul's online linear algebra notes. They were also an immense help for me.

If you're struggling in linear algebra like I was, get this book. You will go from dreading this subject to at least tolerating it, or even enjoying it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By RR on August 29, 2011
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This text was definitely straight to the point. Like many, I did not get to pick a Linear Algebra text, it was required for the class. I am a math major, but I do not think that this text is beyond anyone in college. The sections that require calculus are clearly marked and not essential to the subject matter.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Prof on November 2, 2012
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Linear algebra has a reputation of being very dull, but I have found the subject to be immensely rewarding. I am teaching with this text for the first time and it helps me bring an excitement to the subject that the professor who taught me missed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Ferrell on June 28, 2011
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Bought this book prior to taking LA. The text book for my 300 level class was the Leon text book. I ended up using this book much more. For computations it was much better, for theory and proofs about the same. Very well done.
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This book was a great finding!
It is one of the only linear algebra textbooks (actually one of the only Math books I've come across) that is easy to follow, offer nice real world examples and has a good theoretical basis to back everything up. Definitely one of the books I would recommend if you had or have problems understanding linear algebra.
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