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Renowned professor and author Gilbert Strang demonstrates that linear algebra is a fascinating subject by showing both its beauty and value While the mathematics is there, the effort is not all concentrated on proofs Strang s emphasis is on understanding He explains concepts, rather than deduces This book is written in an informal and personal style and teaches real mathematics The gears change in Chapter 2 as students reach the introduction of vector spaces Throughout the book, the theory is motivated and reinforced by genuine applications, allowing pure mathematicians to teach applied mathematics.

5 thoughts on “Linear Algebra and Its Applications

  1. Chelsea Chelsea says:

    Context The use of this book is paralleling a graduate level course for linear algebra having taken an undergraduate course in the same 8 years ago.Quick tips if you re debating this book This is not a good book for a first course in linear algebra You should be strong in matrix operations and understand functions such as traces, determinants, inverses, etc The first chapter isn t going to walk you through it If this is for a course and you re contemplating an international edition, note the questions at the end of each section are mixed up This could mess you up with homework from the book.There are 5 star reviews out there that provide a good picture of what you can get out of the book While I agree with those, as mentioned earlier, this is not a first course in linear algebra Even having taken a course years ago I keep my initial course book with me to help through this book There is an extensive use of formula instruction and variable based proofs, but when getting to quantitative examples it is rather fast paced jumping over steps.Publishing material of the book is solid, with a heavy cover and pages Text is easily legible and thus far I haven t noticed typos enough to distract me.

  2. ricemilk ricemilk says:

    This is a fine text for Linear Algebra It covers the standard fare for an Applied Linear Algebra course, but some of the topics are introduced in an order I would not prefer and in a manner without motivation I would not use the chapter on Linear Transforms to introduce this topic, for example.

  3. Black Milk Black Milk says:

    I was first exposed to this book when I took an applied linear algebra course at the University of Illinois It was way too chatty, and many of the essential points were buried within the text It was a frustration to use, and I ended up dropping the course and enrolling in an abstract linear algebra course the following semester, which happened to use Friedberg, Insel, and Spence s text I ended up doing better with the FIS text for a first treatment of linear algebra, mainly because everything was laid out clearly definition,theorem, proof I found myself having a fond appreciation of Strang s text later on It essentially added the meat to the bones , and helped solidify many of the things I previously learned in a abstract setting Not to mention, the applications became much clearer I still can t recommend Strang s text for a first course in linear algebra, but it is a delightful book to use after your first exposure to linear algebra.

  4. W. E. Blum W. E. Blum says:

    For a book that mentions applications right in the title, there s not much mention in the contents.

  5. Patrick Thompson Patrick Thompson says:

    I was tired of seeing the theoretical based linear algebra books and so I decided to buy one that focused on applications as well I got a used copy of the 3rd edition It s really good on applications I recommend this book highly for applied mathematicians, scientists and engineers However, I found some of the applications a bit confusing and some of the problems assigned could be challenging In my opinion, I think this book has about 35% 40% theory and the rest applications Buy this book if you really want to see the applications of linear algebra Patrick.