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Introductory Linear Algebra: An Applied First Course (8th Edition) [Hardcover]

Bernard Kolman , David R. Hill
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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August 12, 2004 0131437402 978-0131437401 8

This book presents an introduction to linear algebra and to some of its significant applications. It covers the essentials of linear algebra (including Eigenvalues and Eigenvectors) and shows how the computer is used for applications. Emphasizing the computational and geometrical aspects of the subject, this popular book covers the following topics comprehensively but not exhaustively: linear equations and matrices and their applications; determinants; vectors and linear transformations; real vector spaces; eigenvalues, eigenvectors, and diagonalization; linear programming; and MATLAB for linear algebra. Its useful and comprehensive appendices make this an excellent desk reference for anyone involved in mathematics and computer applications.

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This book provides an introduction to the basic ideas, computational techniques, and applications of linear algebra. Introductory Linear Algebra with Applications Sixth Edition emphasizes the computational and geometrical aspects of linear algebra, while keeping abstraction to a minimum and illustrating every idea with examples. It provides three different types of exercises. Exercises contains routine exercises. Theoretical Exercises includes exercises that fill in gaps in some of the proofs and can be used to challenge the more capable and interested reader. The third class consists of MATLAB exercises connected to the available MATLAB disk. In addition, the end of every chapter contains a summary of Key Ideas for Review, a set of Supplementary Exercises, and a Chapter Test. The sixth edition of Introductory Linear Algebra with Applications has been revised to incorporate recommendations from The Linear Algebra Curriculum Study Group on developing ways to improve instruction in linear algebra. A valuable reference book on the basic of linear algebra and its applications for any reader seeking information on the subject. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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  • Hardcover: 768 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 8 edition (August 12, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0131437402
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131437401
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 8.1 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #349,098 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best math book I've ever had May 8, 2000
By Lo
This book is a fabulous resource... explains things in as clear a way as Linear Algebra can be. If you want deeper understanding, many concepts are described in more depth, and most proofs are given in detail. It's not filled with cartoons and useless pictures like some textbooks, but clear, concise explanations of what turns out to be an interesting and fairly simple area of mathematics.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A math book July 16, 2003
By Walter
This isn't the easiest linear text I've scene. This also isn't the hardest. The book has a ton of applications, which is good if you're an applied math, engineering, or science major. If your interests are in pure math the applications are still a nice little side note. The book's explanations are explained as clearly as possible without giving up any rigor. At first I didn't like the book, but after looking at several other linear textbooks I realized that these authors did a good job of explaining a difficult topic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can teach myself from the text April 7, 2013
By Keridee
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I am teaching myself linear algebra from this book before I go to college, and the text is very accessible. I am glad that I picked this text in particular. Starts out with basic things like linear systems with 3 variables, then introduces meatier subjects.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad but not a great book. June 27, 2014
This is an OK book. Not bad for a first introduction to linear algebra and good enough for self studying. There are plenty of exercises with answers for the odd numbered questions at the back. There are a few chapters with various applications of the material but I mostly skipped over those. In addition, each section includes not only computational exercises but also theoretical exercises where you have to prove things and also MATLAB exercises. I think the main problem with this book is that it is repetitive and not well organized.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Linear Algebra book December 15, 2013
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Excellent condition for the price I paid. VERY happy costumer! Now I have one less book to buy for next semester. (:
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