Linear Methods: A General Education Course is expressly written for non-mathematical students, particularly freshmen taking a required core mathematics course. Rather than covering a hodgepodge of different topics as is typical for a core mathematics course, this text encourages students to explore one particular branch of mathematics, elementary linear algebra, in some depth. The material is presented in an accessible manner, as opposed to a traditional overly rigorous approach. While introducing students to useful topics in linear algebra, the book also includes a gentle introduction to more abstract facets of the subject.
Many relevant uses of linear algebra in today’s world are illustrated, including applications involving business, economics, elementary graph theory, Markov chains, linear regression and least-squares polynomials, geometric transformations, and elementary physics. The authors have included proofs of various important elementary theorems and properties which provide readers with the reasoning behind these results.
David Hecker is a Professor of Mathematics at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia. He received his Ph.D. from Rutgers University and has published several journal articles. He also co-authored several editions of Elementary Linear Algebra with Stephen Andrilli.
Stephen Andrilli is a Professor in the Mathematics and Computer Science Department at La Salle University in Philadelphia. He received his Ph.D. from Rutgers University and also co-authored several editions of Elementary Linear Algebra with David Hecker.
1. Matrices; 2. Application: Elementary Graph Theory; 3. Vectors; 4. Solving Systems of Linear Equations; 5. Application: Least Squares; 6. Inverses for Matrices; 7. Geometric Transformations with Matrices; Appendices: An Introduction to Logical Statements and Arguments; A: Answers to Odd-Numbered Exercises; B: Properties, Theorems, and Methods; Index