Friday, May 17, 2013

Linear Algebra and Its Applications 4th Edition, Lay

Linear Algebra and Its Applications 4th Edition PDF Download Ebook. David C. Lay introduces the 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.

Linear 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 concepts are introduced, students often hit a brick wall. Instructors seem to agree that certain concepts (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. Fundamental ideas of linear algebra are introduced within the first seven lectures, in the concrete setting of Rn, and then gradually examined from different points of view. Later generalizations of these concepts appear as natural extensions of familiar ideas.

Focus on visualization of concepts throughout the book helps readers grasp the concepts. Icons in the margins to flag topics for which expanded or enhanced material is available on the textbook’s companion Website. A modern view of matrix multiplication is presented, with definitions and proofs focusing on the columns of a matrix rather than on the matrix entries.

Numerical Notes give a realistic flavor to the text. Students are reminded frequently of issues that arise in the real-life use of linear algebra. Each major concept in the course is given a geometric interpretation because many students learn better when they can visualize an idea.

More than 25% of the exercises are new or updated, especially the computational exercises. The exercise sets remain one of the most important features of this book. They are crafted in a way that retells the substance of each of the sections they follow, developing the students’ confidence while challenging them to practice and generalize the new ideas they have just encountered.

25% of chapter openers are new, providing applications of linear algebra and the motivation for developing the mathematics that follows. Chapter 8, The Geometry of Vector Spaces, has been added to the text. Sections include Affine Combinations, Affine Independence, Convex Combinations, Hyperplanes, Polytopes, and Curves and Surfaces.

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