This is an introduction to linear algebra. The main part of the book features row operations and everything is done in terms of the row reduced echelon form and specific algorithms. At the end, the more abstract notions of vector spaces and linear transformations on vector spaces are presented. This is intended to be a first course in linear algebra for students who are sophomores or juniors who have had a course in one variable calculus and a reasonable background in college algebra.
About the author
Kenneth Kuttler received his Ph.D. in mathematics from The University of Texas at Austin in 1981. From there, he went to Michigan Tech. University where he was employed for most of the next 17 years. He joined the faculty of Brigham Young University in 1998 and has been there since this time. Kuttler's research interests are mainly in the mathematical theory for nonlinear initial boundary value problems, especially those which come from physical models that include damage, contact, and friction. Recently he has become interested in stochastic integration and the related problems involving nonlinear stochastic evolution equations.