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Elementary Linear Algebra, 2nd Edition

  • Stewart Venit
  • Wayne Bishop
  • Jason Brown
  • ISBN-10: 0176504583
  • ISBN-13: 9780176504588
  • 0 Pages | Hardcover
  • Previous Editions: 2009, 1996, 1989
  • COPYRIGHT: 2013 Published
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About the Product

Elementary Linear Algebra, Second Canadian Edition provides instructors with the mathematical rigor and content required in a university level mathematics course, while providing students with a modern approach, interesting applications, and clarity of explanation they require to be successful. In this second Canadian edition of Elementary Linear Algebra, the text has become even more engaging and readable for students, while continuing to be flexible for instructors.


  • The addition of new Canadian and global applications to every single chapter in the book

  • Eigenvalues and eigenvectors of matrices continue to be covered earlier in the text (in Chapter 4). These are treated once again in the context of linear transformations in Chapter 8.

  • More challenging problems introduced at the end of each chapter

  • The introduction of Vector spaces from a geometric point of view first

  • Cengage Learning’s Enhanced WebAssign is the world's easiest-to-use homework system for math and science, providing the definitive solution to your homework and assessment needs. EWA offers interactive features that go far beyond simply duplicating text problems online. Students can watch solution videos, see problems solved step-by-step, and receive feedback as they complete their homework.

About the Author

Stewart Venit

Stewart Venit received a PhD in mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley in 1971. For the past 24 years, he has taught mathematics at California State University in Los Angeles. Professor Venit is a past department Chair and recipient of the University’s Outstanding Professor Award. He has authored numerous journal articles and ten textbooks for mathematics or computer science.

Wayne Bishop

Wayne Bishop received a PhD in mathematics from Western Michigan University in 1971 after which he began teaching at California State University in Los Angeles. He is a past Chair of the Department of Mathematics and spent one year teaching in Mexico City as a Fulbright Professor. Professor Bishop is very active in continuing efforts to improve mathematics education in California.

Jason Brown

Jason I. Brown received a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Toronto in 1987 and is currently a professor of Mathematics at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He has written over 60 refereed research papers in combinatorics and its connections to other branches of mathematics. He employed mathematical research to uncover how The Beatles played the opening chord of A Hard Day's Night in 2004 and garnered widespread media attention, appearing on CBC radio's As It Happens, The Discovery Channel's Daily Planet show, and his work has been featured on the front page of the National Post, in Guitar Player magazine and on the web site of the Wall Street Journal. Professor Brown is an avid guitar player and songwriter, and he recently released his first CD, "Songs in the Key of Pi".

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Geometry of R^2 and R^3
Chapter 2: Euclidean m-Space and Linear Equations
Chapter 3: Matrices
Chapter 4: Determinants
Chapter 5: Independence and Basis in R^m
Chapter 6: Vector Spaces
Chapter 7: Linear Transformations
Chapter 8: Eigenvalues and Eigenvectors
Chapter 9: Linear Programming

New to this edition

  • A new application to Social Networks like Facebook is included in Chapter 3; a timely topic for students and instructors alike.
  • A new exciting application featuring Google PageRank appears in Chapter 4. Students will enjoy learning about the math behind Google.
  • New historical notes added on mathematicians. Historical notes and accompanying photo of key historical mathematicians highlight contributions made by the individual as it relates to the topics in the chapter being discussed.
  • New Marginal Notes help explain tricky material being discussed expanding on lessons or providing hints on how to complete the math.
  • Important theorems are now singled out for students with a new design feature so students can identify easily those that are most important in the chapter.


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

Instructor Supplements

Student Solutions Manual for Elementary Linear Algebra  (ISBN-10: 0176653082 | ISBN-13: 9780176653088)
Instructors' Solution Manual for Elementary Linear Algebra  (ISBN-10: 0176651683 | ISBN-13: 9780176651688)

Student Supplements

Student Solutions Manual for Elementary Linear Algebra  (ISBN-10: 0176653082 | ISBN-13: 9780176653088)