Tips for proof based linear algebra?

In summary, preparing for a final linear algebra exam focused on proofs requires practice and a thorough understanding of definitions. This includes studying and analyzing proofs to understand how definitions are used in them.
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What would be a good way to prepare for a final linear algebra exam (vectors, planes, matrices) where every question is asking for a proof?
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Practice. Do a lot of problems, especially hard ones. There is no other way.
 
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Absolutely essential- learn the definitions! And, by that, I don't mean "get a general idea of what is meant". In mathematics, definitions are "working definitions". You use the precise words of the definition in proofs. So read a number of proofs, observe how they use the words in definitions and previous proofs in the proofs themselves. Then, as micromass said, "practice, practice, practice"!
 

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1. What is linear algebra?

Linear algebra is a branch of mathematics that deals with systems of linear equations and their representations in vector spaces. It involves the study of linear transformations and their properties, as well as the use of matrices and determinants to solve problems.

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