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  1. Mar 25, 2014 #1


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    I'm thinking about stopping at the library and getting a linear algebra book, but there are so many! I'm sure each with their own benefits, but which ones would people like to recommend? (and why please?)
    I typed linear algebra into my IUCAT (IPFW), and it turned up this:
    (series of books, all titled linear algebra)
    Allenby R.B.J.T. (1995)
    Berberian, Sterling K. (1992)
    Peterson, Pete-1962 (2012)(not sure what the 1962 is...)
    Jones, Burton Wadsworth (1973)
    Ok, I just realized there's 17 pages worth of these.
    Any recommendations from here or elsewhere?
    I have a strong math background (at least I feel I do), I'm a calc 3 student right now, but I want to get into linear algebra, as I'm not sure I'll be able to take it next semester. I'm going to take diff eq first, if I have time to take both, I will, but it all depends on scheduling. I keep running into things that require me to know about matrices and eigenvalues and blah blah blah insert random linear algebra termonology here.... in order to understand the material that I'm reading, and honestly it's quite frustrating. I just don't want to get a book to find out it sucks. Any help would be greatly appreciated,
    Thanks in advance
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  3. Mar 25, 2014 #2
    You can't go wrong with Lang here. Try Lang's "Introduction to Linear Algebra". Or if you find that too easy, try his "Linear Algebra" which is more complete and challenging.

    Another good reference is Linear Algebra Done Wrong, which is freely available: http://www.math.brown.edu/~treil/papers/LADW/LADW.html
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