An Understanding of the Fundamentals of Matrix Algebra Presented in New Book

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Author Lawrence Harvill provides great tool for students from the physical and biological sciences, mathematics, and engineering

For a long time, matrices and matrix algebra (also known as linear algebra) were subjects studied almost exclusively by pure mathematicians, and most physicists and engineers were unaware of the existence of matrix algebra. In his newly released book, author Lawrence Harvill delves deeper into this branch of mathematics and brings an easy-to-grasp manual for students. “Applied Matrix Algebra” has been written to satisfy the needs of a one-semester introductory course in linear or matrix algebra.

In this book, the theoretical aspects of linear algebra have been minimized, and particular emphasis has been placed on applications to aid in stimulating the reader’s interest. Every effort has been made to provide a range of applications to appeal to students of diverse interests. “Applied Matrix Algebra” aims to develop an understanding of the fundamentals of matrix algebra as well as the differential and integral calculus of matrices that are fundamental for the analysis of a wide range of applied problems. When used in conjunction with a matrix computational program, those readers who make their way through the end should be in a position to readily analyze sophisticated and complex applied problems. Completion of the text should also prepare the reader for moving on to much more theoretical and advanced topics in linear algebra. Such additional study will enable one to more fully understand not only the mathematical complexities of the subject but to gain a greater insight also to the intricate details of the computational algorithms.

Backed with in-depth research and study, “Applied Matrix Algebra” will serve as great tool for students from the physical and biological sciences, mathematics, and engineering. It is hoped that students from the social and behavioral sciences including economics and business will also find the text of use as several examples and problems from those areas have been included as well.

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About the Author
Larry Harvill, Ph.D, P.E. graduated from UCLA in 1964 with a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mathematics. He then accepted a teaching position at the University of Redlands, Redlands, CA as an Associate Professor. Harvill taught a wide variety of engineering and mathematics courses over the years until he retired in 1998 as Emeritus Professor of Engineering and Applied Mathematics and having been the first Director of the John Stauffer Center for Science, Mathematics, and Environmental Studies. In addition to an outstanding teaching career, Harvill maintained a membership is the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) being awarded the honorary grade of Fellow in 1980. As a registered Professional Engineer in the state of California, he maintained an ongoing activity as a consulting engineer. He has numerous technical publications including the following Applied Mathematics for Engineers and Physicists, 2nd ed., 1970, with Louis A. Pipes, Japanese edition in 1973 and Technical Report Standards, with Thomas L. Kraft, 1960.

Applied Matrix Algebra * by Lawrence Harvill    
Publication Date: July 1, 2011
Trade Paperback; $23.99; 567 pages; 978-1-4628-8354-7
Trade Hardback; $34.99; 567 pages; 978-1-4628-8355-4
eBook; $9.99; 978-1-4628-8356-1

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