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# AN INTRODUCTION TO LINEAR ALGEBRA,

By MARWAHA, ALKA
Price: Rs. 295.00
ISBN: 978-81-203-4952-0
Pages: 312
Binding: Paper Back
DESCRIPTION
Thi s book i s meant for an i ntroductory course i n l i near al gebra for undergraduate students of
mathemati cs. It deal s wi th the concept of vector spaces and speci al types of functi ons defi ned on
them cal l ed l i near transformati ons or operators. The vector spaces consi dered i n the book are
fi ni te-di mensi onal , a concept that i nvol ves representati on of vectors i n terms of a fi ni te number of
vectors whi ch form a basi s for the vector spaces.
Wri tten from a students perspecti ve, thi s textbook expl ai ns the basi c concepts i n a manner that
the student woul d be abl e to grasp the subject easi l y. Numerous sol ved exampl es and exerci ses
gi ven at the end of nearl y each secti on wi l l hel p the student to gai n confi dence i n hi s/her
anal yti cal ski l l s.
What makes thi s book probabl y stand apart from other standard books on fi ni te-di mensi onal
l i near al gebra i s the i ntroducti on to Hi l bert Space Theory. The generi c model of a fi ni te-
di mensi onal Hi l bert space (real or compl ex) i s IRn or sn but the true rel evance of operators i n
Hi l bert spaces surfaces onl y when they are i nfi ni te-di mensi onal . In order to properl y comprehend
the structure of an i nfi ni te-di mensi onal Hi l bert space, i t i s i mportant to grasp i t at the fi ni te-
di mensi onal l evel .
Al though fi ni te-di mensi onal Hi l bert spaces are di scussed comprehensi vel y i n the fi rst ei ght
chapters, i t i s onl y i n the l ast three chapters that the treatment of Hi l bert spaces i s gi ven i n a
setti ng whi ch can be easi l y extended to defi ni ng i nfi ni te-di mensi onal Hi l bert spaces. After goi ng
through thi s textbook, the students wi l l have a cl ear understandi ng of the model of a Hi l bert space
i n fi ni te-di mensi ons and wi l l then be abl e to smoothl y make the transi ti on to i nfi ni te-di mensi onal
Hi l bert Space Theory.
CONTENTS
Preface
1. Vector Spaces
2. Linear Transformations
3. Linear Functionals
4. Eigenvalues and Eigenvectors
5. Minimal Polynomials
6. Inner Product Spaces and Normed Linear Spaces