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Visual Linear Algebra

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A book by Eugene A. Herman

Following an innovative approach to learning, this text integrates paper and pencil skill building and the theoretical development of ideas with geometric exploration and conceptual understanding. Tutorials and traditional text. Visual Linear Algebra … see full wiki

Author: Eugene A. Herman
Publisher: Wiley
1 review about Visual Linear Algebra

The book I will use if I and when I teach linear algebra again

  • Apr 20, 2010
This is the book I will use as a text if and when I teach linear algebra again. While it is a bit weak in the area of formal proofs, that deficiency is more than made up for by the strengths in demonstrating how to do linear algebra using Maple and Mathematica. Two types of problems are given, those designed to be solved using Maple/Mathematica and those that are to be done using traditional pencil and paper, which includes the proofs. If this book is used, either the students will have to know something about how to use Maple/Mathematica or the instructor will have to provide some supplements. Not a great deal, so that background can easily be inserted into a semester-long course.
The topics covered are what are considered standard in a college course in linear algebra, what gives this book a significant edge is the inclusion of the ability to process so much more. I am tutoring a student and the topic is now solving linear systems. As he recently struggled through making mistake after mistake, I told him that solving linear systems by hand probably tops the charts as an easy problem but very difficult to do right because of the high probability of making an error. With this book and a symbolic math package in your mathematical tool belt, it is possible to do a great deal more computation, which is where many people find their mathematical fun.

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