A Course in Linear Algebra with Applications
A Course in
Derek J. S. Robinson
Department of Mathematics
University of lllinois at UrbanaChampaign, USA
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First published 1991
First reprint 1995
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Robinson, Derek John Scott.
A course in linear algebra with applications / Derek J. S.
xiii + 422 p.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
1. Algebras, Linear.
ISBN 981020568-6 (pbk)
9 1 - 13207
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JUDITH, EWAN, and GAVIN
A rough and ready definition of linear algebra might be: that part of
algebra which is concerned with quantities of the first degree. Thus, at the very
simplest level, it involves the solution of systems of linear equations, and in a real
sense this elementary problem underlies the whole subject. Of all the branches of
algebra, linear algebra is the one which has found the widest range of applications.
Indeed there are few a