linear algebra


: a branch of mathematics that is concerned with mathematical structures closed under the operations of addition and scalar multiplication and that includes the theory of systems of linear equations, matrices, determinants, vector spaces, and linear transformations

Examples of linear algebra in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1870, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of linear algebra was in 1870

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“Linear algebra.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

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