## Choosing an Introductory Linear Algebra Text## Background |

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Gene Klotz, Swarthmore College Mathematics Professor and Director of the Math Forum, explains how and why the information in this section was collected:

In the spring of '96 I found myself teaching linear algebra again after a long hiatus. I used a text chosen by a colleague (who has a pretty good track record for that sort of thing), which turned out to be vintage 1980 and which should have been extinct long ago. It produced the same confusion and lack of interest which I had experienced all too frequently before (of course it was the text, not me!), so I decided to see if the art of writing linear algebra texts has evolved in the last two decades.I recalled that the Math Forum has links to the abstracts presented at an MAA session at the Orlando Joint Meetings in January '96 on Innovations in Teaching Linear Algebra, and also to the ATLAST project, whose focus is to augment the teaching of linear algebra through the use of software tools. I wrote the persons involved and asked for their suggestions for texts to consider. Their suggestions, some comments, and ancillary material form the foundation for the page.

I'm hoping to get more information from authors as to what audience their text is directed, and from users as to how the text succeeds with various groups.

Gene Klotz

klotz@mathforum.org

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