This popular and successful text was originally written for a one-semester course in linear algebra at the sophomore undergraduate level. Consequently, the book deals almost exclusively with real finite dimensional vector spaces, but in a setting and formulation that permits easy generalisation to abstract vector spaces. A wide selection of examples of vector spaces and linear transformation is presented to serve as a testing ground for the theory. In the second edition, a new chapter on Jordan normal form was added which reappears here in expanded form as the second goal of this new edition, after the principal axis theorem. To achieve these goals in one semester it is necessary to follow a straight path, but this is compensated by a wide selection of examples and exercises. In addition, the author includes an introduction to invariant theory to show that linear algebra alone is incapable of solving these canonical forms problems. A compact, but mathematically clean introduction to linear algebra with particular emphasis on topics in abstract algebra, the theory of differential equations, and group representation theory.
1: Vectors in the Plane and Space. 2: Vector Spaces. 3: Examples of Vector Spaces. 4: Subspaces. 5: Linear Independence and Dependence. 6: Finite Dimensional Vector Spaces and Bases. 7: The Elements of Vector Spaces: A Summing Up. 8: Linear Transformations. 9: Linear Transformations: Examples and Applications. 10: Linear Transformations and Matrices. 11: Representing Linear Transformations by Matrices. 12: More on Representing Linear Transformations by Matrices. 13: Systems of Linear Equations. 14: The Elements of Eigenvalue and Eigenvector Theory. 15: Inner Product Spaces. 16: The Spectral Theorem and Quadratic Forms. 17: Jordan Canonical Form. 18: Application to Differential Equations. 19: The Similarity Problem. Appendix A: Multilinear Algebra and Determinants. B: Complex Numbers.
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Softcover reprint of the original 3rd ed. 1998