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Courses How should I prepare myself for a proof-orientated linear algebra course?

  1. May 11, 2007 #1
    Hello all,

    I am taking a linear algebra course at my university this fall. This course is used as a transition to more proof-orientated courses. From what I hear, this course is one where students generally do poorly if they lack the ability to construct proofs. I don't have much experience reading or constructing proofs. I have completed courses in Calculus I,II,III, and Differential Equations. However, these courses were the typical courses where proof-based material was omitted. How can I best prepare myself for a proof-orientated linear algebra class?

    I purchased this textbook in order to study the first four chapters. I'm hoping it will help prepare me for writing proofs. Any suggestions?

    http://vig.prenhall.com/catalog/academic/product/0,1144,0131481010-TOC,00.html

    http://www.amazon.com/Analysis-Introduction-Steven-R-Lay/dp/0131481010


    Thanks
     
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  4. May 11, 2007 #3

    mathwonk

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    you might try working your way through courant and robbins, even for only a few pages. or spivaks calculus.
     
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