This book is for sophomore-level or junior/senior-level first courses in linear algebra and assumes calculus as a prerequisite.

This thorough and accessible text from one of the leading figures in the use of technology in linear algebra gives students a challenging and broad understanding of the subject. The author infuses key concepts with their modern practical applications to offer students examples of how mathematics is used in the real world.

Each chapter contains integrated worked examples and chapter tests. The book stresses the important roles geometry and visualization play in understanding linear algebra. This edition will continue to be packaged with the ancillary ATLAST computer exercise guide, as well as new MATLAB and Maple guides, which also come with the package.

Matrices and Systems of Equations, Determinants, Vector Spaces, Linear Transformations, Orthogonality, Eigenvalues, Numerical Linear Algebra For all readers interested in linear algebra.

**New To This Edition**

1. New Section on Matrix Arithmetic

One of the longer sections in the previous edition was the section on matrix algebra in Chapter 1. The material in that section has been expanded further for the current edition. Rather than include an overly long revised section, we have divided the material into sections titled Matrix Arithmetic and Matrix Algebra.

2. New Exercises

After seven editions it was quite a challenge to come up with additional original exercises. This eighth edition has more than 130 new exercises. The new exercises are not evenly distributed throughout the book. Some sections have many new exercises and others have few or none.

3. New Subsections and Applications

A new subsection on cross products has been included in Section 3 of Chapter 2. A new application to Newtonian Mechanics has also been added to that section. In Section 4 of Chapter 6 (Hermitian Matrices), a new subsection on the Real Schur Decomposition has been added.

4. New and Improved Notation

The standard notation for the jth column vector of a matrix A is aj , however, there seems to be no universally accepted notation for row vectors. In the MATLAB package, the ith row of A is denoted by A(i, :). In previous editions of this book we used a similar notation a(i, :), however, this notation seems somewhat artificial. For this edition we use the same notations as for a column vector except we put a horizontal arrow above the letter to indicate that the vector is a row vector (an horizontal array) rather than a column vector (a vertical array).

We have also introduced improved notation for the standard Euclidean vector spaces and their complex counterparts.

5. Other Revisions

Various other revisions have been made throughout the text. Many of these revisions were suggested by reviewers.

6. Special Web Site and Supplemental Web Materials

Pearson has developed a special Web site to accompany the 8th edition. This site includes a host of materials for both students and instructors.