linear algebra


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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Matrices are the core objects in linear algebra, which is used to study mathematical phenomena whose behavior can be captured by lines, planes and higher-dimensional spaces. Quanta Magazine, "‘Outsiders’ Crack 50-Year-Old Math Problem," 24 Nov. 2015 Topics of study will include probability, statistics, linear algebra, and high-level programming language. Margeaux Sippell,, "Weekend business agenda," 15 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of linear algebra

1870, in the meaning defined above

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