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Starting with Two Matrices

by Gilbert Strang (MIT)

This article originally appeared in:
Mathematics Magazine
October, 2009

Subject classification(s): Algebra and Number Theory | Linear Algebra
Applicable Course(s): 3.8 Linear/Matrix Algebra

The author offers two examples that illustrate important central ideas in introductory linear algebra (independent or dependent vectors; invertible or singular matrices) which may aid students in developing conceptual understanding before any general theory is attempted.

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Capsule Course Topic(s):
Linear Algebra | Bases
Linear Algebra | Linear Independence
Linear Algebra | Solving Linear Systems: Algebraic
Linear Algebra | Span
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