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Studying Self-studying Linear Algebra

  1. Apr 9, 2010 #1
    any good books? Reason for this is because my college highly recommands Linear Algebra for Calc IV, I have Calc III already, but they highly recommend Linear Algebra, so I don't want to take the risk.
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  3. Apr 9, 2010 #2
    Why not just take linear algebra? Also, I'm assuming calc IV = ODE's? If this is true, most of your work will be with systems of ODE's so you'll need some basic matrix algebra. Strang's "Introduction to Linear Algebra" is not only a solid linear algebra text but really good if you want to become adept at working with matrices. Although, this is exactly why some professors have qualms with it...
  4. Apr 9, 2010 #3
    I can't, because I am a High school student and I am only allowed to take one course per semester at my college.
  5. Apr 9, 2010 #4
    I really like Linear Algebra Done Right by Axler for the basic theory of linear algebra. The explanations and proofs are extremely well-written. It's really a nearly perfect book for a relaxed first exposure to the theory of the subject (despite its preface which asserts it's for a second course).

    But it won't cover any of the applications of the subject. I've picked up the applications mostly from taking courses like ODEs.
  6. Apr 9, 2010 #5
    I've been using D. H. Griffel: Linear Algebra and its Applications (Volumes 1 and 2). The Khan Academy has some great videos, including a linear algebra section:


    Videos and other materials from Gilbert Strang's linear algebra course at MIT are available here:


    The second of these pages of short videos by Selwyn Hollis includes a section on linear algebra that covers some key concepts:

  7. Apr 9, 2010 #6
    yeah, I am looking into using Khanacademy too, but I still need practices.
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