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Linear Algebra and Its Applications 4th Edition

Gilbert Strang

  • Published
  • Previous Editions 1988
  • 544 Pages


Renowned professor and author Gilbert Strang demonstrates that linear algebra is a fascinating subject by showing both its beauty and applications. While giving you the necessary mathematics, the book is not entirely concentrated on theorems and proofs. Strang explains rather than deduces; the emphasis is on understanding. This book is written in an informal and personal style and teaches real mathematics. In Chapter 2, the gears change as you transition to vector spaces. Throughout the book, the theory is motivated and reinforced by interesting and important applications.

Gilbert Strang, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Gilbert Strang is Professor of Mathematics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an Honorary Fellow of Balliol College. He was an undergraduate at MIT and a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford. His doctorate was from UCLA and since then he has taught at MIT. He has been a Sloan Fellow and a Fairchild Scholar and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Professor Strang has published a monograph with George Fix, "An Analysis of the Finite Element Method", and has authored six widely used textbooks. He served as President of SIAM during 1999 and 2000 and he is Chair of the U.S. National Committee on Mathematics for 2003-2004.
  • The exercise sets in the book have been greatly extended and thoroughly updated. They feature many new problems drawn from Professor Strang's extensive teaching experience.
  • The writing and the plentiful new examples reflect Gilbert Strang's hallmark clear and lively style.
  • New coverage of the Singular Value Decomposition has been added to the text. The row reduced echelon form plays a larger part in the discussion of elimination. The Four Fundamental Subspaces remain central to the understanding of vector spaces in Chapter 2.
  • A second color has been added to the illustrations and boxes, many of which are new.
  • The Linear Algebra web pages offer review outlines and a full set of video lectures by Gilbert Strang. The site also includes eigenvalue modules with audio ( and
  • Offers a large number of applications to physics, engineering, probability and statistics, economics, and biology. These are not tacked on at the end; they are part of the mathematics.
  • Includes an optional section on the Fast Fourier Transform. Students discover how this outstanding algorithm fits into linear algebra and introduces complex numbers.
  • Recognizes what the computer can do in linear algebra, without being dominated by it.
  • Contains a wealth of exercises that appear in the sections and in the chapter reviews.
Introduction. The Geometry of Linear Equations. An Example of Gaussian Elimination. Matrix Notation and Matrix Multiplication. Triangular Factors and Row Exchanges. Inverses and Transposes. Special Matrices and Applications. Review Exercises.
Vector Spaces and Subspaces. The Solution of m Equations in n Unknowns. Linear Independence, Basis, and Dimension. The Four Fundamental Subspaces. Networks and Incidence Matrices. Linear Transformations. Review Exercises.
Perpendicular Vectors and Orthogonal Subspaces. Inner Products and Projections onto Lines. Least Squares Approximations. Orthogonal Bases, Orthogonal Matrices, and Gram-Schmidt Orthogonalization. The Fast Fourier Transform. Review and Preview. Review Exercises.
Introduction. Properties of the Determinant. Formulas for the Determinant. Applications of Determinants. Review Exercises.
Introduction. Diagonalization of a Matrix. Difference Equations and the Powers Ak. Differential Equations and the Exponential eAt. Complex Matrices: Symmetric vs. Hermitian. Similarity Transformations. Review Exercises.
Minima, Maxima, and Saddle Points. Tests for Positive Definiteness. The Singular Value Decomposition. Minimum Principles. The Finite Element Method.
Introduction. The Norm and Condition Number. The Computation of Eigenvalues. Iterative Methods for Ax = b.
Linear Inequalities. The Simplex Method. Primal and Dual Programs. Network Models. Game Theory.
Appendix A: Computer Graphics.
Appendix B: The Jordan Form.
Solutions to Selected Exercises.

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  • ISBN-10: 0030105676
  • ISBN-13: 9780030105678
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Student Solutions Manual

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