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**A question on linear algebra text!**

Hello everybody! I'm new to this forum. Actually, this is my first post in here.

I'm currently a sophomore student in college. My major is in mechanical engineering.

Right now, I'm taking the course introductory linear algebra, which is the first course in linear algebra. The book I'm having for my class is the 1st edition of Introduction to Linear Algebra with Apps by James DeFranza, I don't know if any of you know this book or not. My instructor said that this book sucks since it's 1st ed., so I guess no complaint then. I read through it and don't really like it. So I won't spend my money buying it.

Since I don't have much insight into the subject than you guys, can anyone recommend me a good book on the subject? The book Introduction to Linear Algebra by Gilbert Strang, 4th ed., seems to have really good reviews on amazon, what are your opinions on this? Is this a good text 4 LA?

I prefer a visual way of presentations, with logic explanations of what's going on, and worked-out examples. I just get bored when looking at a book that's too wordy, with explanations drag out too long. Since I'm new, I prefer a good thorough introductory text. Oh, and some applications too! So any recommendation?? Thanks in advance!