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I am posting corrections to a dozen of typos and errors found so far. If you find a new one, please don't hesitate to report it as a comment to the relevant section of the book.

P.S. The dozen has grown into 2 dozens, (special kind of :-)

thanksto Jorge Guevara.ReplyOptionsCan a student tackle your (in development) book for a linear algebra course if he does not have any command of solid geometry?

I'm considering registering for a course which teaches using your book, but my only meaningful contact with geometry will have been through the (expected by that time) completion of Kiselev's Geometry Book I. Planimetry. Should I postpone the course until I've completed Book II. Stereometry? Because of the existence of your translations of Kiselev's series about geometry, I suspect that a course based on your writings might come with some high expectations (concerning Euclidian geometry); without meeting those expectations, I suspect that a student cannot master the material.

Thank you.

ReplyOptionsThe answer to your question is "no"; I am not sure which linear algebra book you are talking about (there are two), but none of them assumes any systematic exposure to elementary geometry (although probably assumes some common-sense intuition about it). The book "Linear Algebra and Differential Equations" published by AMS corresponds to an honors version of a sophomore level course Math 54 taught at UC Berkeley. For a regular, non-honors Math 54, it is too terse. (So, if this is the book, I am curious where and who teaches the course using it.) The other book is unpublished but is currently available online in several drafts (the latest is found

here and corresponds to a junior-level, upper-division course in Linear Algebra. It is formally independent of the first one, and at the beginning contains a couple of sections about vectors in elementary geometry essentially copied from my adaptation of Kiselev's "Stereometry".

Thanks.

It's taught using the first book published by the AMS. The course (Math 223: Linear Algebra) is taught at UBC Vancouver, and it's taught by Jozsef Solymosi.

Thanks!

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