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Practical linear algebra : a geometry toolbox

Author: Gerald E Farin; Dianne Hansford
Publisher: Wellesley, Mass. : A K Peters, ©2005.
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"Practical Linear Algebra introduces students in mathematics, science, engineering, and computer science to Linear Algebra from an intuitive and geometric viewpoint, creating a level of understanding that goes far beyond mere matrix manipulations. Practical aspects, such as computer graphics topics and numerical strategies, are covered throughout, and thus students can build a "Geometry Toolbox," based on a  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gerald E Farin; Dianne Hansford
ISBN: 1568812345 9781568812342
OCLC Number: 55847245
Description: xvi, 384 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Ch. 1. Descartes' discovery --
Ch. 2. Here and there : points and vectors in 2D --
Ch. 3. Lining up : 2D lines --
Ch. 4. Changing shapes : linear maps in 2D --
Ch. 5. 2 x 2 linear systems --
Ch. 6. Moving things around : affine maps in 2D --
Ch. 7. Eigen things --
Ch. 8. Breaking it up : triangles --
Ch. 9. Conics --
Ch. 10. 3D geometry --
Ch. 11. Interactions in 3D --
Ch. 12. Linear maps in 3D --
Ch. 13. Affine maps in 3D --
Ch. 14. General linear systems --
Ch. 15. General linear spaces --
Ch. 16. Numerical methods --
Ch. 17. Putting lines together : polylines and polygons --
Ch. 18. Curves.
Responsibility: Gerald Farin, Dianne Hansford.

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"Practical Linear Algebra introduces students in mathematics, science, engineering, and computer science to Linear Algebra from an intuitive and geometric viewpoint, creating a level of understanding that goes far beyond mere matrix manipulations. Practical aspects, such as computer graphics topics and numerical strategies, are covered throughout, and thus students can build a "Geometry Toolbox," based on a geometric understanding of the key concepts." "This book covers all the standard linear algebra material for a first-year course; the authors teach by motivation, illustration, and example rather than by using a theorem/proof style."--Jacket.

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" Read an article on teaching Linear Algebra written by Gerald Farin and Dianne Hansford. -Ties Magazine, November 2005 "It is well written and the examples are carefully chosen to motivate or Read more...

 
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