Elementary Linear Algebra with Applications (9th Edition)
This book presents the basic ideas of linear algebra in a manner that users will find understandable. It offers a fine balance between abstraction/theory and computational skills, and gives readers an excellent opportunity to learn how to handle abstract concepts. Included in this comprehensive and easy-to-follow manual are these topics: linear equations and matrices; solving linear systems; real vector spaces; inner product spaces; linear transformations and matrices; determinants; eigenvalues and eigenvectors; differential equations; and MATLAB for linear algebra. Because this book gives real applications for linear algebraic basic ideas and computational techniques, it is useful as a reference work for mathematicians and those in field of computer science.
Horribly written, terrible examples, worst textbook I own
By Brian - August 2, 2009
I was forced to use this book for my linear algebra course at UW-Madison. When I saw the poor reviews for it, I figured it would be wise to check out some other texts to supplement this and I am so glad that I did. If you are using this book to learn Linear Algebra, you have my sincere condolences because it is terribly written and the examples are in no way useful. I found Schaum's Beginning Linear Algebra and Anton's book on Linear Algebra (from which I believe Kolman and Hill poorly copied) infinitely more helpful. If you MUST use this book, get it from inter-library loan, don't let anyone make a single penny more on it. Other useful sources of information on Linear Algebra include: Gilbert Strang's Linear Algebra book and his lectures [...]
Feels like a draft
By Josh - March 28, 2011
The only reason course organizers should ever use this textbook, is if they wish to sardonically punish any student who doesn't come to their lectures. It might be possible that the author is a good mathematician, but he is definitely a terrible teacher.
This entire textbook feels like a draft. It is exceptionally disorganized and unintuitive. Most of the writing is congregated into large paragraphs which makes it a headache to read. It lacks many of the clear examples found in other texts. Some of the examples aren't even examples (example X: "<question> ..... the solution for this example is question 29"). This text is also in some dire need of editing, by the publisher.
In addition to this Kolman has a natural gift in making the most simple ideas seem that much more confusing. I could give many examples, but if you are reading this, it is likely that you have not yet taken this course, so it will be meaningless to you. However, if you are reading through... read more
Pity the fool......
By wooks "wookies" - November 7, 2007
.... who is given this as a course textbook. It's touted as an applications book so it's going to get inflicted on non-math majors. Now I'm not saying that proofs are not important, but please give me the intuition and some good examples first. A favourite trick is to give a question which is unclearly drafted and then allow the poor sucker who has to answer it to wade through lemma after proof after corollary trying to find either an explanation or rarer still a relevant example. Makes the subject far harder than it needs to be and is an impediment to learning. AWFUL simply AWFUL.
This classic treatment of linear algebra presents the fundamentals in the clearest possible way, examining basic ideas by means of computational examples and geometrical interpretation. It proceeds ...