linear algebra

noun

Definition of 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

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Recent Examples on the Web Women in linear algebra courses, for example, spend a lot of time and energy dealing with male classmates who think that their female peers can’t do math. Scott Freeman, Scientific American, "How to Narrow Achievement Gaps for Underrepresented Students," 29 Sep. 2020 That time and energy can’t be used to solve linear algebra problems, which leads to underperformance. Scott Freeman, Scientific American, "How to Narrow Achievement Gaps for Underrepresented Students," 29 Sep. 2020 American universities used to focus on disciplines like biology and linear algebra and, yes, classical economics that try to show students how the world actually works. WSJ, "Free Speech, Wrong Speech and Ivory Towers," 7 Sep. 2020 While groups are abstract and often difficult to get a handle on, matrices and linear algebra are elementary. Quanta Magazine, "The ‘Useless’ Perspective That Transformed Mathematics," 9 June 2020 Representation theory creates a bridge between group theory and linear algebra by assigning a matrix to each element in a group, according to certain rules. Quanta Magazine, "The ‘Useless’ Perspective That Transformed Mathematics," 9 June 2020 The simpler objects are arrays of numbers called matrices, the core element of linear algebra. Quanta Magazine, "The ‘Useless’ Perspective That Transformed Mathematics," 9 June 2020 Sean Johnson took linear algebra last semester and will study computer science in the spring. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "This Wisconsin college professor uses knitting to teach math and explain geometry in 3D," 23 Jan. 2020 The purpose of all this computational heft is to run linear algebra, the mathematics of data processing in general and machine learning in particular. The Economist, "Computing records The first computer chip with a trillion transistors," 5 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of linear algebra

1870, in the meaning defined above

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30 Oct 2020

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“Linear algebra.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/linear%20algebra. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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