algebra is relatively easy for students during the early stages of the course, when the material is presented in a familiar, concrete setting. But when abstract are introduced, students often hit a brick wall. Instructors seem to agree that certain (such as linear independence, spanning, subspace, vector space, and linear transformations), are not easily understood, and require time to assimilate.

Since they are fundamental to the study of linear algebra, students’ understanding of these concepts is vital to their mastery of the subject. Lay introduces these concepts early in a familiar, concrete Rn setting, develops them gradually, and returns to them again and again throughout the text so that when discussed in the abstract, these concepts are more accessible.

1. Linear Equations in Linear Algebra
Introductory Example: Linear Models in Economics and Engineering
1.1 Systems of Linear Equations
1.2 Row Reduction and Echelon Forms
1.3 Vector Equations
1.4 The Equation Ax = b
1.5 Solution Sets of Linear Systems
1.6 Applications of Linear Systems
1.7 Linear Independence
1.8 Introduction to Linear Transformations
1.9 The Matrix of a Linear Transformation
1.10 Linear Models in Business, Science, and Engineering
Supplementary Exercises

2.
Introductory Example: Computer Models in Aircraft
2.1 Matrix Operations
2.2 The Inverse of a Matrix
2.3 Characterizations of Invertible Matrices
2.4 Partitioned Matrices
2.5 Matrix Factorizations
2.6 The Leontief Input—Output Model
2.7 Applications to Computer Graphics
2.8
2.9 Dimension and Rank
Supplementary Exercises

3. Determinants
Introductory Example: Random Paths and Distortion
3.1 Introduction to Determinants
3.2 Properties of Determinants
3.3 Cramer’s Rule, Volume, and Linear Transformations
Supplementary Exercises

4. Vector Spaces
Introductory Example: Space Flight and Control Systems
4.1 Vector Spaces and Subspaces
4.2 Null Spaces, Column Spaces, and Linear Transformations
4.3 Linearly Independent Sets; Bases
4.4 Coordinate Systems
4.5 The Dimension of a Vector Space
4.6 Rank
4.7 Change of Basis
4.8 Applications to Difference Equations
4.9 Applications to Markov Chains
Supplementary Exercises

5. Eigenvalues and
Introductory Example: Dynamical Systems and Spotted Owls
5.1 Eigenvectors and Eigenvalues
5.2 The Characteristic Equation
5.3 Diagonalization
5.4 Eigenvectors and Linear Transformations
5.5 Complex Eigenvalues
5.6 Discrete Dynamical Systems
5.7 Applications to Differential Equations
5.8 Iterative Estimates for Eigenvalues
Supplementary Exercises

6. Orthogonality and Least Squares
Introductory Example: Readjusting the North American Datum
6.1 Inner Product, Length, and Orthogonality
6.2 Orthogonal Sets
6.3 Orthogonal Projections
6.4 The Gram—Schmidt Process
6.5 Least-Squares Problems
6.6 Applications to Linear Models
6.7 Inner Product Spaces
6.8 Applications of Inner Product Spaces
Supplementary Exercises

7. Symmetric Matrices and Quadratic Forms
Introductory Example: Multichannel Image Processing
7.1 Diagonalization of Symmetric Matrices
7.3 Constrained Optimization
7.4 The Singular Value Decomposition
7.5 Applications to Image Processing and Statistics
Supplementary Exercises

8. The Geometry of Vector Spaces
Introductory Example: The Platonic Solids
8.1 Affine Combinations
8.2 Affine Independence
8.3 Convex Combinations
8.4 Hyperplanes
8.5 Polytopes
8.6 Curves and Surfaces

9. Optimization (Online Only)
Introductory Example: The Berlin Airlift
9.1 Matrix Games
9.2 Linear Programming–Geometric Method
9.3 Linear Programming–Simplex Method
9.4 Duality

10. Finite-State Markov Chains (Online Only)
Introductory Example: Google and Markov Chains
10.1 Introduction and Examples
10.2 The Steady-State Vector and Google’s PageRank
10.3 Finite-State Markov Chains
10.4 Classification of States and Periodicity
10.5 The Fundamental Matrix
10.6 Markov Chains and Baseball Statistics

Appendices
A. Uniqueness of the Reduced Echelon Form
B. Complex Numbers

Title: Linear Algebra and Its Applications
Author: David C. Lay
Edition: 4th Edition
ISBN: 0321385179 | 9780321385178
Type: eBook
Language: English
Linear Algebra
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