# Vectors, Pure and Applied: A General Introduction to Linear Algebra

Cambridge University Press, 12/13/2012

EAN 9781107675223, ISBN10: 1107675227

Paperback, 456 pages, 24.7 x 17.4 x 2.6 cm

Language: English

Many books in linear algebra focus purely on getting students through exams, but this text explains both the how and the why of linear algebra and enables students to begin thinking like mathematicians. The author demonstrates how different topics (geometry, abstract algebra, numerical analysis, physics) make use of vectors in different ways and how these ways are connected, preparing students for further work in these areas. The book is packed with hundreds of exercises ranging from the routine to the challenging. Sketch solutions of the easier exercises are available online.

Introduction

Part I. Familiar Vector Spaces

1. Gaussian elimination

2. A little geometry

3. The algebra of square matrices

4. The secret life of determinants

5. Abstract vector spaces

6. Linear maps from Fn to itself

7. Distance preserving linear maps

8. Diagonalisation for orthonormal bases

9. Cartesian tensors

10. More on tensors

Part II. General Vector Spaces

11. Spaces of linear maps

12. Polynomials in L(U,U)

13. Vector spaces without distances

14. Vector spaces with distances

15. More distances

16. Quadratic forms and their relatives

Bibliography

Index.