Linear Algebra: A Modern Introduction

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Thomson Brooks/Cole, 2006 - Mathematics - 712 pages
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David Poole's innovative book emphasizes vectors and geometric intuition from the start and better prepares students to make the transition from the computational aspects of the course to the theoretical. Poole covers vectors and vector geometry first to enable students to visualize the mathematics while they are doing matrix operations. With a concrete understanding of vector geometry, students are able to visualize and understand the meaning of the calculations that they will encounter. By seeing the mathematics and understanding the underlying geometry, students develop mathematical maturity and can think abstractly when they reach vector spaces. Throughout the text, Poole's direct conversational writing style connects with students, and an abundant selection of applications from a broad range of disciplines clearly demonstrates the relevance of linear algebra.

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Worst math book I have ever had. Some practice questions have no relevant examples, solutions use notation not even mentioned in that section of the text. Don't even try to get the correct process and notation without paying an additional 75-80 dollars for the solutions manual. All in all a terrible, extremely overpriced resource for those unfamiliar with the subject. Poole forgets what it is like to not be a trained mathematician who is just learning the subject. 

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User Review  - Harry Haller - Goodreads

Arguably the best solution manual / guide that I've seen on any topic. Read full review

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Born in Glace Bay, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, David Poole grew up in Truro, Nova Scotia. He received his B.Sc. from Acadia University in 1976 before earning his M.Sc. (1977) and Ph.D. (1984) from McMaster University. David began his teaching career at Brandon University in 1983-1984 and then joined the faculty of Trent University where he has taught since then. His research interests include discrete mathematics, ring theory, and mathematics education.

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