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Introduction to Linear Algebra

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ISBN 9780367626549
September 2, 2021 Forthcoming by Chapman and Hall/CRC
280 Pages 21 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Linear algebra provides the essential mathematical tools to tackle all the problems in Science. Introduction to Linear Algebra is primarily aimed at students in applied fields (e.g. Computer Science and Engineering), providing them with a concrete, rigorous approach to face and solve various types of problems for the applications of their interest. This book offers a straightforward introduction to linear algebra that requires a minimal mathematical background to read and engage with.


  • Presented in a brief, informative and engaging style
  • Suitable for a wide broad range of undergraduates
  • Contains many worked examples and exercises

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to Linear Systems. 1.1. Linear systems: First Examples. 1.2. Matrices. 1.3. Matrices and Linear Systems. 1.4. The Gaussian Algorithm. 1.5. Exercises with Solutions. 1.6. Suggested Exercises. 2. Vector Spaces. 2.1. Introduction: The Set of Real Numbers. 2.2. The Vector Space Rn and the Vector Space of Matrices. 2.3. Vector Spaces. 2.4. SubSpaces. 2.5. Exercises with Solutions. 2.6. Suggested Exercises. 3. Linear Combination and Linear Independence. 3.1. Linear Combinations and Generators. 3.2. Linear Independence. 3.3. Exercises with Solutions. 3.4. Suggested Exercises. 4. Basis and Dimension. 4.1. Basis: Definition and Examples. 4.2. The Concept of Dimension. 4.3. Gaussian Algorithm. 4.4. Exercises with Solutions. 4.5. Suggested Exercises. 4.6. Appendix: The Completion Theorem. 5. Linear Transformations. 5.1. Linear Transformations: Definition. 5.2. Linear Maps and Matrices. 5.3. the Composition of Linear transformations. 5.4. Kernel and Image. 5.5. The Rank Nullity Theorem. 5.6. Isomorphism of Vector Spaces. 5.7. Calculation of Kernel and Image. 5.8. Exercises with Solutions. 5.9. Suggested Exercises. 6. Linear Systems. 6.1. Preimage. 6.2. Linear Systems. 6.3. Exercises with Solutions. 6.4. Suggested Exercises. 7. Determinant and Inverse. 7.1. Definition of Determinant. 7.2. Calculating the Determinant: Cases 2 _ 2 and 3 _ 3. 7.3. Calculating the Determinant with a Recursive Method. 7.4. Inverse of a Matrix. 7.5. Calculation of the Inverse with the Gaussian Algorithm. 7.6. The Linear Maps from Rn to Rn. 7.7. Exercises with Solutions. 7.8. Suggested Exercises. 7.9. Appendix. 8. Change of Basis. 8.1. Linear Transformations and Matrices. 8.2. The Identity Map. 8.3. Change of Basis for Linear Transformations. 8.4. Exercises with Solutions. 8.5. Suggested Exercises. 9. Eigenvalues and Eigenvectors. 9.1. Diagonalizability. 9.2. Eigenvalues and Eigenvectors. 9.3. Exercises with Solutions. 9.4. Suggested Exercises. 10. Scalar Products. 10.1. Bilinear Forms. 10.2. Bilinear Forms and Matrices. 10.3. Basis Change. 10.4. Scalar Products. 10.5. Orthogonal Subspaces. 10.6. Gram-Schmidt Algorithm. 10.7. Exercises with Solutions. 10.8. Suggested Exercises. 11. Spectral Theorem. 11.1. Orthogonal Linear Transformations. 11.2. Orthogonal Matrices. 11.3. Symmetric Linear Transformations. 11.4. The Spectral Theorem. 11.5. Exercises with Solutions. 11.6. Suggested Exercises. 11.7. Appendix: The Complex Case. 12. Applications of Spectral Theorem and Quadratic Forms. 12.1. Diagonalization of Scalar Products. 12.2. Quadratic Forms. 12.3. Quadratic Forms and in the Plane. 12.4. Exercises with Solutions. 12.5. Suggested Exercises. 13. Lines and Planes. 13.1. Points and Vectors in R3. 13.2. Scalar Product and Vector Product. 13.3. Lines in R3. 13.4. Planes in R3. 13.5. Exercises with Solutions. 13.6. Suggested Exercises. 14. Introduction to Modular Arithmetic. 14.1. The Principle of Induction. 14.2. The Division Algorithm and Euclid’s Algorithm. 14.3. Congruence Classes. 14.4. Congruences. 14.5. Exercises with Solutions. 14.6. Suggested Exercises. 14.7. Appendix: Elementary Notions of Set Theory. Appendix A. Complex Numbers. A.1. Complex Numbers. A.2. Polar Representation. Appendix B. Solutions of Some Suggested Exercises. Bibliography. Index

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Rita Fioresi and Marta Morigi are professors at the University of Bologna and teach linear
algebra courses to students of all majors. Their research publications are centered into algebra with some applications (R. Fioresi Lie theory & machine learning, M. Morigi Group theory).