Looking for a good linear algebra book

Im not sure if this is the right place for this, but after examining the other forums, I guess this would be the best place to put it. Im looking for a Linear algebra textbook, thats simple, and gives good examples. My current university uses a textbook that was made by a professor here, and is absolutely terrible. They change their variables every chapter, (example a matrix a in chapter 2 became a matrix t in chapter 3, where t(a) in two was a Lin transformation, makes it confusing) and there are hardly any examples or practice problems, not to mention the language they use to describe everything is worded very poorly. Worse yet is I have a Teaching assistant teaching the class, and he works with the text book in his hand up at the black board, copying word for word their definitions. I try to approach him out of class for help, but he isn't very helpful as he doesn't know the subject to well.

Any recommendations would be much appreciated, and again, I'm sorry if this is in the wrong forum, I'm desperate.

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**gbux512** Im not sure if this is the right place for this, but after examining the other forums, I guess this would be the best place to put it. Im looking for a Linear algebra textbook, thats simple, and gives good examples. My current university uses a textbook that was made by a professor here, and is absolutely terrible. They change their variables every chapter, (example a matrix a in chapter 2 became a matrix t in chapter 3, where t(a) in two was a Lin transformation, makes it confusing) and there are hardly any examples or practice problems, not to mention the language they use to describe everything is worded very poorly. Worse yet is I have a Teaching assistant teaching the class, and he works with the text book in his hand up at the black board, copying word for word their definitions. I try to approach him out of class for help, but he isn't very helpful as he doesn't know the subject to well.

Any recommendations would be much appreciated, and again, I'm sorry if this is in the wrong forum, I'm desperate.

What level is this course? Which book are you using? I know that Lay is a standard choice, as well as Anton.

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its just called linear algebra, a 300 level course. we've gone over what a matrix is, how to add/multiply them, now were on vector spaces, span, and standard basis vectors

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well i still swear by Hoffman/Kunze, but it can get abstract, especially in the later chapters. if you are struggling with the basic concepts it might not be that helpful.

two good on-line resources are:

Pauls Online Notes : Linear Algebra <--this is pretty basic, but very good as an introduction.

Linear Algebra textbook home page <--- more comprehensive, it also includes a solution manual (the price is right, too!)

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**gbux512** its just called linear algebra, a 300 level course. we've gone over what a matrix is, how to add/multiply them, now were on vector spaces, span, and standard basis vectors

Just to let you know, I don't think that most people will know what a "300 level course" is. Every school has a different numbering system, so you should always explain what you mean by this. (You've stated what the course covers, so it's okay here.)

To add one more option, you could try the tutorial videos from Khan Academy. They're actually quite helpful.

Good luck.

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Khan Academy is good. I'm not sure what the love of so many different colors is all about, but that's not that relevant. :)

my guess is he means a junior-level (3rd year) course, meant to be taken after Calculus II, or some similarly-titled course. probably aimed at mathematics and physics majors, although this is even more speculative than my prior statements.

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Although not a book, you might find the video lectures by Gilbert Strang at MIT helpful. If you like the lectures, you might also like his book, "Introduction to Linear Algebra".

MIT OpenCourseWare | Mathematics | 18.06 Linear Algebra, Spring 2010 | Video Lectures