Using computer algebra systems to teach linear algebra

Show full item record

Redirect: RIT Scholars content from RIT Digital Media Library has moved from to RIT Scholar Works, please update your feeds & links!
Title: Using computer algebra systems to teach linear algebra
Author: Bautista, Maurino
Abstract: A few years ago, David and Vivian Kraines [2] reviewed several commercially available software packages that can perform standard linear algebra computations. Most of these packages can perform only simple calculations on matrices of limited size (10 x 10 maximum) and all of them can do only either decimal or rational arithmetic. None has the ability to perform the symbolic calculations that are as much a part of linear algebra as arithmetic calculations. Computer algebra systems (CAS) like Maple and Mathematica can perform operations on matrices with symbolic entries as well as numeric ones. In addition, they provide excellent graphics that allow the visualization of certain linear algebra concepts. This article will present some of the ways that CAS can be used in teaching linear algebra and show some of the relative merits and demerits of using such packages. In most instances, several input commands are deliberately combined in a single line and certain outputs omitted to make the presentation more concise.
Description: This article may be accessed from the Scholarly Journal Archive (additional fees may apply) at:
Record URI:
Date: 1993-11

Files in this item

Files Size Format View
CollegeMathematicsJournalCopyrightPolicies.pdf 51.96Kb PDF View/Open

The following license files are associated with this item:

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show full item record

Search RIT DML

Advanced Search