# Linear Algebra For Dummies

## Book Description

*Learn to:*

**Solve linear algebra equations in several ways****Put data in order with matrices****Determine values with determinants****Work with eigenvalues and eigenvectors**

**Your hands-on guide to real-world applications of linear algebra**

Does linear algebra leave you feeling lost? No worries —this easy-to-follow guide explains the how and the why of solving linear algebra problems in plain English. From matrices to vector spaces to linear transformations, you'll understand the key concepts and see how they relate to everything from genetics to nutrition to spotted owl extinction.

**Line up the basics**— discover several different approaches to organizing numbers and equations, and solve systems of equations algebraically or with matrices**Relate vectors and linear transformations**— link vectors and matrices with linear combinations and seek solutions of homogeneous systems**Evaluate determinants**— see how to perform the determinant function on different sizes of matrices and take advantage of Cramer's rule**Hone your skills with vector spaces**— determine the properties of vector spaces and their subspaces and see linear transformation in action**Tackle eigenvalues and eigenvectors**— define and solve for eigenvalues and eigenvectors and understand how they interact with specific matrices

**Open the book and find:**

**Theoretical and practical ways of solving linear algebra problems****Definitions of terms throughout and in the glossary****New ways of looking at operations****How linear algebra ties together vectors, matrices, determinants, and linear transformations****Ten common mathematical representations of Greek letters****Real-world applications of matrices and determinants**

### Table of Contents

Part I: Lining Up the Basics of Linear Algebra

Chapter 1: Putting a Name to Linear Algebra

Chapter 2: The Value of Involving Vectors

Chapter 3: Mastering Matrices and Matrix Algebra

Chapter 4: Getting Systematic with Systems of Equations

Part II: Relating Vectors and Linear Transformations

Chapter 5: Lining Up Linear Combinations

Chapter 6: Investigating the Matrix Equation AX=b

Chapter 7: Homing In on Homogeneous Systems and Linear Independence

Chapter 8: Making Changes with Linear Transformations

Part III: Evaluating Determinants

Chapter 9: Keeping Things in Order with Permutations

Chapter 10: Determining Values of Determinants

Chapter 11: Personalizing the Properties of Determinants

Chapter 12: Taking Advantage of Cramer’s Rule

Part IV: Involving Vector Spaces

Chapter 13: Promoting the Properties of Vector Spaces

Chapter 14: Seeking Out Subspaces of a Vector Space

Chapter 15: Scoring Big with Vector Space Bases

Chapter 16: Eyeing Eigenvalues and Eigenvectors

Part V: The Part of Tens

Chapter 17: Ten Real-World Applications Using Matrices

Chapter 18: Ten (Or So) Linear Algebra Processes You Can Do on Your Calculator

Chapter 19: Ten Mathematical Meanings of Greek Letters

## Book Details

- Title: Linear Algebra For Dummies
- Author: Mary Jane Sterling
- Length: 384 pages
- Edition: 1
- Language: English
- Publisher: For Dummies
- Publication Date: 2009-07-07
- ISBN-10: 0470430907
- ISBN-13: 9780470430903

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