W. Keith Nicholson's "Linear Algebra with Applications, Fifth Canadian Edition" is written for first and second year students at both the college or university level. Its real world approach challenges students step-by-step, gradually bringing them to a higher level of understanding from abstract to more general concepts. Real world applications have been added to the new edition, including: Directed graphs; Google PageRank; Computer graphics; Correlation and Variance; and Finite Fields and Linear Codes.In addition to the new applications, the author offers several new exercises and examples throughout each chapter. Some new examples include: motivating matrix multiplication (Chapter 2) and a new way to expand a linearly independent set to a basis using an existing basis. While some instructors will use the text for one semester, ending at Chapter 5 The Vector Space Rn others will continue with more abstract concepts being introduced. Chapter 5 prepares students for the transition, acting as the "bridging" chapter, allowing challenging concepts like subspaces, spanning, independence and dimension to be assimilated first in the concrete context of Rn. This "bridging" concept eases students into the introduction of vector spaces in Chapter 6.
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Dr. W. Keith Nicholson earned his undergraduate Degree in Applied Mathematics at the University of Alberta, and received his Ph.D. in Pure Mathematics from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1970. He then moved to the University of Calgary, and has been a professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics since 1979, where he has been carrying out research in a branch of algebra called "Ring Theory". His continuing interest in teaching undergraduate students has led to another book in Linear Algebra (now in its third edition), a text in Abstract Algebra (second edition), and the creation (with Professor Claude Laflamme), of an internet tutorial for Linear Algebra called ILAW (Interactive Linear Algebra on the Web). Keith is married and has two grown sons.
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