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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (7 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470430907
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470430903
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 2 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 151,471 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Learn to:

  • Solve linear algebra equations in several ways
  • Put data in order with matrices
  • Determine values with determinants
  • Work with eigenvalues and eigenvectors

Your hands–on guide to real–world applications of linear algebra

Does linear algebra leave you feeling lost? No worries this easy–to–follow guide explains the how and the why of solving linear algebra problems in plain English. From matrices to vector spaces to linear transformations, you′ll understand the key concepts and see how they relate to everything from genetics to nutrition to spotted owl extinction.

  • Line up the basics discover several different approaches to organizing numbers and equations, and solve systems of equations algebraically or with matrices
  • Relate vectors and linear transformations link vectors and matrices with linear combinations and seek solutions of homogeneous systems
  • Evaluate determinants see how to perform the determinant function on different sizes of matrices and take advantage of Cramer′s rule
  • Hone your skills with vector spaces determine the properties of vector spaces and their subspaces and see linear transformation in action
  • Tackle eigenvalues and eigenvectors define and solve for eigenvalues and eigenvectors and understand how they interact with specific matrices

Open the book and find:

  • Theoretical and practical ways of solving linear algebra problems
  • Definitions of terms throughout and in the glossary
  • New ways of looking at operations
  • How linear algebra ties together vectors, matrices, determinants, and linear transformations
  • Ten common mathematical representations of Greek letters
  • Real–world applications of matrices and determinants

About the Author

Mary Jane Sterling is the author of numerous For Dummies books. She is a lecturer at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, where she has taught courses in algebra, calculus, and other mathematics topics for almost 30 years.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By john360 on 5 Aug. 2012
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I enjoyed this book which is very well-explained and also manages to transmit enthusiasm about the subject. If it is meant to be understandable to newcomers to math/s then I think it succeeds. There are lots of great worked examples (but no actual exercises). I am considering some other of the authors' books. However, I did find that I had to wade through quite a lot of material in order to find the parts that I am interested in (specifically material providing a background to graphics and geographical programming). A second 'but' (no criticism of this book) is that some of the 'real' mathematical constructions (e.g. vector spaces) is arguably quite daunting and abstract. If the book had been limited to just the mathematical discoveries/formulae/techniques (such as uses of determinants) that I can use in practice, I would have been even happier.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ivan on 22 Aug. 2012
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Overall this is a good book and it should be a good introduction to the linear algebra, especially if you have little or no background in high math, but I would like to see more proofs. Also it lacks exercises that would help to learn the concepts described in this book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. C. Taylor on 9 May 2010
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A very good introduction to Linear Algebra. This is a serious and compentent mathematical text book. Its great advantage is that it is self contained. I would recommend it to anyone starting this subject.
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The pure maths of linear algebra are, let's face it, quite distant from the real world applications. It would take an eloquent teacher to relate the real world problem to the matrix description of the real world concept, show the maths operations and relate these, or at least the result back to the real world. It's clear enough that bridging this conceptual gulf was in the mind of the author and a valiant attempt was made, but somehow I was left on one side of the abyss or the other without finding the bridge. Maybe I was looking for the wrong analogy.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dima on 2 Mar. 2011
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I purchased this book to understand the basics of linear and matrix algebra before taking my multivariate analysis postgraduate course. I have never studied linear and matrix algebra before and this book definitely provides the basics needed in a very interesting and clear way and offers real-world applications so that the reader can understand the relevance of this topic.
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