- Hardcover: 560 pages
- Publisher: Brooks Cole; 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: 24 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #616,809 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Elementary Linear Algebra 6th Edition
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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 2014 William Holmes McGuffey Longevity Award for CALCULUS: EARLY TRANSCENDENTAL FUNCTIONS, the 2013 Text and Academic Authors Association Award for CALCULUS, the 2012 William Holmes McGuffey Longevity Award for CALCULUS: AN APPLIED APPROACH, 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 bestselling Calculus series published by Cengage.
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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.
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.