Linear Algebra with Applications

9781405810760: Linear Algebra with Applications
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Written for undergraduate first courses in Linear Algebra. Assumes the user has had calculus. Renowned for thoroughness and accessibility, this top-selling text by one of the leading figures in linear algebra education offers students a challenging and enjoyable study of linear algebra that is infused with an abundance of applications. Balancing coverage of mathematical theory and applied topics, Professor Leon explains concepts with precision so that students at any level can understand the material. Worked examples are heavily integrated into each chapter. The book stresses the important role geometry and visualization play in understanding the subject. This edition will continue to be packaged with the ancillary ATLAST computer exercise guide, as well as new MATLAB and Maple guides.

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The author is pleased to see the text reach its sixth edition. While the continued support and enthusiasm of the many users has been most gratifying, this does not mean that a mild revision is in order. Linear algebra is more exciting now than at almost any time in the past. Its applications continue to spread to more and more fields. Largely due to the computer revolution of the last half century, linear algebra has risen to a role of prominence in the mathematical curriculum rivaling that of calculus. Modern software has also made it possible to dramatically improve the way the course is taught. The author teaches linear algebra every semester and continues to seek new ways to optimize student understanding. For this edition every chapter has been carefully scrutinized and enhanced. Additionally, many of the revisions in this edition are due to the helpful suggestions received from users and reviewers. Consequently, this new edition, while retaining the essence of previous editions, incorporates a wide array of substantive improvements.


  1. Chapter Tests
    New to this edition are chapter tests. At the end of each chapter there is true-false exam testing the basic concepts covered in the chapter. Students are asked to prove or explain all of their answers.
  2. Earlier Presentation of the Singular Value Decomposition
    The singular value decomposition (SVD) has emerged as one of the most important tools in matrix applications. Unfortunately, the topic is often omitted from linear algebra textbooks. When covered, it usually appears near the end of the book and classes rarely have time to get that far. To remedy this, we have moved the singular value decomposition approximately 100 pages forward in the book. It is now covered in Section 5 of Chapter 6. In this section we also show the applications of the singular value decomposition to least squares problems, principal component analysis, information retrieval, numerical rank of a matrix, and digital imaging. The SVD section nicely ties together some of the major topics, such as fundamental subspaces, orthogonality, and eigenvalues. It provides an ideal climax to a linear algebra course.
  3. New and Improved Applications
    Eight applications were added to the previous edition. Some of these have been revised and improved in the current edition. A number of new applications have also been added. In Chapter 1 we show how matrices are used for search engines and information retrieval applications. This application is revisited in Chapters 5 and 6 after students have learned about orthogonality and singular values. Similarly, the statistical applications in Chapter 5 are revisited later in Chapter 6 after students have learned about the singular value decomposition.
  4. New Computer Exercises Emphasizing Visualization
    Chapter 6 has ten new MATLAB exercises to help students to visualize eigenvalues and singular values and to help them gain geometric insight into these subjects.
  5. New and Improved Examples
    Worked out examples make the textbook seem less abstract and more user friendly. Often students don't understand what a theorem says until they see a worked out example that illustrates the theorem. The impressive collection of examples was often cited as one of the strong points of the first edition of this book. This collection has continued to grow and improve with each new edition. More examples have been added throughout the sixth edition, and many of the previous examples lave been revised and improved. Now, for example, the numbered of worked out examples in Chapter 1 has increased from 32 to 34. In a number of cases color shading is now used to emphasize how rows and columns are paired off in matrix computations.
  6. New Theorem and Improved Nomenclature
    Throughout this edition we have made a special effort to assign names to theorems so as to emphasize the importance of the results. Also, it is easier to refer back to a theorem if it has a name. We have added a new theorem to Chapter 6. This theorem does have a name, The Principal Axes Theorem.
  7. Revised Organization of Chapter 5
    In Chapter 5 the order of two of the sections has been reversed. Least squares problems are now covered before the section on general inner product spaces. To facilitate this change, some new material was added to Section 1 of the chapter. With this new ordering it is possible for classes that only treat Euclidean vector spaces to skip most of Section 4. These classes need only introduce the inner product notation in Section 4 and then move on to the next section or, if pressed for time, skip ahead to the next chapter.
  8. New Subsection on Outer Products
    A new subsection on outer product expansions has been added to Chapter 1. Outer product expansions are used in later chapters applications such as digital imaging.
  9. Special Web Site and Supplemental Web Materials
    Prentice Hall has developed a special Web site to accompany this book. This site includes a host of materials for both students and instructors. The Web pages are being extensively revised for the sixth edition and an exciting collection of new interactive course materials is currently being developed as we go to press. Some of the other features to be included on the Web pages are a collection of links with downloadable materials relating to each of the chapters in the book and a collection of application projects that are related to the topics covered in the book. You can also download two supplemental chapters for this book from the Prentice Hall site. The new chapters are:
    • Chapter 8. Iterative Methods
    • Chapter 9. Canonical Forms
  10. The ATLAST Companion Computer Manual Revision
    ATLAST (Augmenting the Teaching of Linear Algebra through the use of Software Tools) is an NSF sponsored project to encourage and facilitate the use of software in the teaching of linear algebra. During a five year period, 1992-1997, the ATLAST Project conducted 18 faculty workshops using the MATLAB software package. Participants in these workshops designed computer exercises, projects, and lesson plans for software-based teaching of linear algebra. A selection of these materials has been published as a manual. ATLAST Computer Exercises for Linear Algebra (Prentice Hall, 1997). The ATLAST book is available as a free companion volume to this textbook when the two books are wrapped together for class orders. The ISBN for ordering the two-book bundle is given in the Supplementary Materials section of this Preface. The collection of software tools (M-files) developed to accompany the ATLAST book may be downloaded from the ATLAST Web site. You can link to the ATLAST site from the Prentice Hall Web page for this book. A second edition of the ATLAST book is in preparation and publication is expected in the fall of 2002. New developments related to the ATLAST Project and manual will be posted on the ATLAST Web site.
  11. Mathematica Computer Exercises and Projects
    A collection of ATLAST Mathematica Notebooks has been developed by Richard Neidinger of Davidson College. The collection contains Mathematical versions of the ATLAST projects and exercises. It can be downloaded for free from the ATLAST Web pages.
  12. Maple Companion Manual
    A new manual, Visualizing Linear Algebra Using Maple, by Sandra Keith, is now available as a companion volume to this book. The manual provides an ideal vehicle for those wishing to teach the course using Maple. The Keith manual is offered as a bundle with this book at a special discount price. The ISBN for ordering the two-book bundle is given in the Supplementary Materials section of this Preface.
  13. MATLAB Companion Manual
    A new manual, Understanding Linear Algebra Using MATLAB, by Irwin and Margaret Kleinfeld, is now available as a companion volume to this book. The book has MATLAB problems and projects suitable for a first course in linear algebra. The manual is offered as a bundle with this book at a special discount price. The ISBN for ordering the two-book bundle is given in the Supplementary Materials section of this Preface.
  14. Student Guide to Linear Algebra with Applications
    A new student study guide has been developed to accompany this edition. The guide is described in the Supplementary Materials section of this preface.
  15. Other Changes
    In preparing the sixth edition, the author has carefully reviewed every section of the book. In addition to the major changes that have been listed, many new exercises have been added and numerous minor improvements have been made throughout the text.


This edition contains a section of computing exercises at the end of each chapter. These exercises are based on the software package MATLAB. The MATLAB Appendix in the book explains the basics of using the software. MATLAB has the advantage that it is a powerful tool for matrix computations and yet it is easy to learn. After reading the Appendix, students should be able to do the computing exercises without having to refer to any other software books or manuals. To help students get started we recommend one 50 minute classroom demonstration of the software. The assignments can be done either as ordinary homework assignments or as part of a formally scheduled computer laboratory course.

As mentioned previously, the ATLAST book is available as a companion volume to supplement the computer exercises in this book. Each of the eight chapters of the ATLAST book contains a section of short exercises and a section of longer projects.

While the course can be taught without any reference to the computer, we believe that computer exercises can greatly enhance student learning and provide a new dimension to linear algebra education. The Linear Algebra Curriculum Study Group has recommended that technology be used for a first course in linear algebra, and this ...

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