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Introduction to Linear Algebra (5th Edition) Hardcover – August 5, 2001

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 5 edition (August 5, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0201658593
  • ISBN-13: 978-0201658590
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,532 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ;lkj on January 29, 2011
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So far this book has decided to make its own notation for things rather than use what everybody else uses. My professor is constantly having to tell us the difference between "The books version" and "The real version" I thought it was maybe just my professor that was different but I have an older linear algebra book that agrees with my professor. So I think its just the book that's different. I cant even use it to study for the test because everything is written different than what my professor wants. Its really annoying.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Y. Wu on February 11, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book was poorly written and organized. It might be OK if you only use it as a reference. But if you have to use it for your class, you'd better find another textbook for your second source.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Thatoneguy on September 7, 2014
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As a junior in electrical engineering, this is one of the worst math textbooks I have ever encountered. I am only though the first chapter but the author introduces terms without explaining them, builds upon these undefined terms, then introduces them with the most cryptic definitions. Or occasionally the author says "it is best explained with a few examples" and proceeds to leave out important details.

Unfortunately my class enforces the requirement for this book by assigning homework problems from it. The book is so poorly written that I have begun using Differential Equations and Linear Algebra (3rd Edition) by Henry Edwards and David Penny as my main source and it has not let me down.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sarah on May 6, 2014
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The straightforward concepts and techniques of linear algebra are explained in a complicated, confusing, and lazy manner. Blitzer's Precalculus, 4th edition, Chapter 8 taught me elementary row operations. David C. Lay's 3rd edition of Linear Algebra taught me the other chapters. The Solutions Manual for this text is also lacking in instruction.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Edwin Lopez on March 8, 2014
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To be honest this is the worst mouth book I have over buy in my entire life. The examples are very vague. The way is written confuses the reade. I only bought because of my homework but not as reference book.
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By Don on February 25, 2015
Format: Paperback
So far, this book is a disaster(I have an authentic version, not this international version), never seen a book as confusing as this one. For example, in the Theorem part, it tells you "this problem refers to Figure 2.2" where the hell is that figure, you have to go back find that figure, then you forgot where you were. This problem happens all the time in this book. It tells you to look at which figure, equation, or example, and you don't know where they are. Why Not Just Reprint It Here for Readers' to Have Easy Access!!!
The concept is not clear explained, non does the example, for the parts you need more explanation, it skips it. for those obvious calculation, it's so detailed listed. I don't know what to say! if this is not required by instructor, I would never buy it. By the way, I learned this class by watching YouTube videos.
Not recommended to anyone who wants to learn Linear Algebra, not even as a reference book.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A. mcpherson on September 29, 2008
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My review in response to the others:

This is a college text, intended for approximately the 2nd year/ beginning of 3rd, depending on when you take this class. Don't buy? Most colleges require texts (although I suppose you could be a maverick) not only for the problem set, but because the lectures closely follow the book's presentation, making your own notes the best supplement. That said, I have often found multiple books handy --most math libraries are vastly under used. Schaum's Outline is a good supplement for most any math class. You can get along fine with just this book, although some of it may be confusing --particularly chapter 3, which can only be described as "crystal clearly confusing." Not necessarily the content, but rather how it was presented as "too step-by-step" and less "here is how it works". The book does adequately cover all the basics, and depending on your level and understanding, some chapters may in fact be too basic. Some chapters will probably be skipped.

I too was frustrated that in several cases, key concepts and even whole parts of theorems, were left as exercises (and then referred to in other chapters). This is inconvenient, to say the least, if the problem is not prescribed and the class moves rapidly around the subject, or say your class skips certain chapters and a theorem is referred to later as "see exercise 3x in chapter 3", or if you don't figure it correctly! I agree that the "study guide" was not that helpful in most cases, as it was mostly a more elaborate presentation of the back-of-the-book answers, but in the cases where it was helpful, it was almost invaluable. For instance, many problems are ambiguous, or not very clearly stated, making it useful to be able to see what exactly constitutes the answer.
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I bought the international edition because it was cheaper. Luckily, the problem numbers were all the same, so I could use it for class. The book as a resource is clearly written, concise, and mathematically rigorous. However, the notation is a little annoying, but perhaps that's because I'm a physics major, not a math major.
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