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Linear algebra


Linear Algebra is a branch of mathematics that studies vector spaces and linear functions on vectors and matrices. It is central to modern mathematics and its applications. Linear algebra has a variety of applications in engineering, physics, computer science, natural science and social science. Amongst these are games of strategy, computer graphics, economic models, forest management, cryptography, fractals, computed tomography, and a model for human hearing.

The Unisa syllabus

The syllabus for this module covers the following:

  • Systems of linear equations and matrices
  • Determinants
  • Vectors in 2−space and 3−space
  • Euclidean vector space

The MAT1503 textbook

Prescribed textbook

ISBN 9780471669609
Title: Elementary Linear Algebra
Author: Howard Anton
Edition: 9th
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year published: 2005
Years prescribed: 2010,2011

This book is out of print and may be hard to find. The 10th edition Elementary Linear Algebra with Applications may be used.

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