Intended for a serious first course or a second course, this textbook will carry students beyond eigenvalues and eigenvectors to the classification of bilinear forms, to normal matrices, to spectral decompositions, and to the Jordan form. The authors approach their subject in a comprehensive and accessible manner, presenting notation and terminology clearly and concisely, and providing smooth transitions between topics. The examples and exercises are well designed and will aid diligent students in understanding both computational and theoretical aspects. In all, the straightest, smoothest path to the heart of linear algebra.
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Jimmie Gilbert was Professor of Mathematics at the University of South Carolina, Upstate. He received his Ph.D from Auburn University with a specialty in Linear and Abstract Algebras. He authored the first edition of Elements of Modern Algebra in 1970, joined on subsequent editions by his wife and longtime co-author Linda Gilbert. Together they have published titles in College Algebra, Precalculus, College Algebra and Trigonometry, Trigonometry, Intermediate Algebra, and another Cengage Learning title, Linear Algebra and Matrix Theory, now in its second edition. He and Linda have 6 children and 8 grandchildren. In his leisure time Jimmie enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, and gardening.
Linda Gilbert received her Ph.D. from Louisiana Tech University with a specialty in Linear and Abstract Algebras. She has been writing textbooks since 1981 with her husband Jimmie Gilbert, including ELEMENTS OF MODERN ALGEBRA and LINEAR ALGEBRA and MATRIX THEORY (now in its second edition) with Cengage Learning, plus titles in College Algebra, Precalculus, College Algebra and Trigonometry, Trigonometry, and Intermediate Algebra.
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