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Linear Algebra (World Student) [Paperback]

J.B. Fraleigh , R.A. Beauregard
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16 Mar 1995 0201839997 978-0201839999 3
The new edition of this linear algebra text includes an early introduction to key concepts, and optional integration of LINTEK and MATLAB. Features include: calculus-related examples; section summaries of key ideas, definitions and theorems; and exercise sets including "true or false" problems.

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  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Addison Wesley; 3 edition (16 Mar 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0201839997
  • ISBN-13: 978-0201839999
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 18.6 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect book to learn linear algebra. 23 Jan 2001
By A Customer
This is a great book to learn linear algebra from. It introduce you for the basic of linear algebra, like matrices and how to work with them and what you can use them for. There are many matematics sentences in this book with proofs. Also you will learn how to manage determinants and eigenvectors, not forgetting the more difficult Normal Jordan Form (if you need that). The exercises are great to make you remember all the sentences. So if you want to learn more about vectors in dimensions, you can not imagine, such like 5-d, then here is your tool. Also the text is written so you can understand it, wihout beeing someone needing beeing perfect to English.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Doing Maths for my Computer Science Degree wasn't really what I envisaged. So I bought this book to help me with my maths. Incredibly I didn't struggle with it at all. The theory is well explained and the examples make it easy to quickly use the newly learned in practical applications. The authors go into enough detail so you can understand the stuff, not just learn it. On the other hand, they don't warp your brain with unnecessary junk. The proofs were especially helpfull. All in all an excellent book about linear algebra today.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Intro to Linear Algbera 7 Dec 2001
By A Customer
I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to gain a good understanding of the basics of Linear Algebra. It has many examples to accompany the theory which help the student prepare for exams and also the added bonus of MATLAB-a computer program that comes with the book that allows the user to perform many of the calculations gieven in the book. Also answers given at the back.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest introductory books in Linear Algebra 2 Feb 2009
By Arash Mehraban - Published on
This book is very well written along with many great examples. This book covers basically everything you need to know in an introductory Linear Algebra class about Vectors, Vector spaces, Matrices, Determinants, Linear transformations, Eigenvalues and Eigenvectors, orthogonality, Gram Schmitt process, Systems of equations and and so forth. The people who think this book is too hard, should go back and review their high school algebra books again. One of the great features of this book, as an INTRODUCTORY book, is that it teaches you everything in R^n space. Overall: great 5 star book.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Solution Manual incomplete. 1 Sep 2005
By S. Richardson - Published on
The book itself is difficult to read. When new symbols are first used, the explination are burried in the text and time consuming to find. The use of dark blue ink to "color" the items they are refering to is very difficult to distiguish from the normal black text. I waste more time trying to figure out what the symbols mean than I spend understanding the concepts.

The solutions manual covers every 3rd problem, not the compleete set of odd problems like it should (eg. 1,4,7,10...). Detail on the problems is average at best.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not the best for beginners, but still good 2 Oct 2002
By A Customer - Published on
After giving up on this book when I first learned Linear Algebra,
it has turned out to be a very good reference book on the subject.
If you need to, use Anton's book to learn the subject, but
I keep this one on my shelf.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Fair Treatment 5 Feb 2009
By math112 - Published on
The book presents linear algebra problems pretty much in outline form---an "ok" treatment for some, but not all, of the subject matter. Nevertheless, there are still many topic areas where the explanations are not thorough enough.
Also,its treatment of theorems is not accompanied by a step-by-step explanaton of a problem that relates to it.
After all, this book is supposed to be an aid for students taking this subject for the first time.

I have found a few editing type errors--in some problems: wrong signs, numbers misplaced. This seems to be an omnipresent problem with many of these type books. WHO IS OUT THERE DOING THE FINAL REVIEWS?

I think this subject matter needs some type of video teaching component, but good luck trying to find one.

I think the book has its advantages, but mainly to those already immersed in the subject matter of matrices and determinants, vectors and space. A didactic tool it is not!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not a good book. 10 Nov 2012
By Bill - Published on
When I first looked at this book I was purchasing it for a class. I saw that about half of the people rated as 5 stars which is about 50%"ish" of the total ratings. It seems like a lot of books on the topic of LA get tough reviews so I didn't consider purchasing supplemental study material like I do for most other classes. After studying this book and figuring out how much I hate it, I started trying and figure out why so many people like this book. I discovered that 3 people were actually rating the seller, not the text itself.

So here is what I don't like about this book.
There is a proof is section 3.2 for a vector subspace of polynomials. Using their same logic for their proof on showing the defined problem was not a subspace, you could also disprove everything they claimed to be a subspace. The author also defines problem using fictional methods of addition and multiplication for the sake of a proof which doesn't help me understand the topic. It's hard to explain, but there is a lot of irrelevant examples. This isn't actually in the book but I feel like a lot of the examples are posed in the context if "If 2 + 2 = 5" .... Well 2+2 is never = to 5 so why are we even discussing it to show how something fails under given properties. I feel like the proofs fail during the initial statement therefore it was point to begin with. There are several examples where you see stuff like A = s[a+b], T(A) = [sa+b]. Again, this is not possible so why are we discussing this as a proof? I just can't find the logic in this book.

If you have a choice, I would recommend Linear-Algebra-Its-Applications-Edition by David Lay. It still has a lot of the mathematic rigor. The book was also written with in the last decade so it familiar when you are reading it. The big thing that I like he shows you how linear algebra is applicable. I can now balance a chemical equation using Gauss-Jordan row reduction which makes total sense.
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