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Applications of Linear Algebra Part 1

Davidson College via edX

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From simulating complex phenomenon on supercomputers to storing the coordinates needed in modern 3D printing, data is a huge and growing part of our world. A major tool to manipulate and study this data is linear algebra. This course is part 1 of a 2-part course. In this part, we’ll learn basics of matrix algebra with an emphasis on application. This class has a focus on computer graphics while also containing examples in data mining. We’ll learn to make an image transparent, fade from one image to another, and rotate a 3D wireframe model. We’ll also mine data; for example, we will find similar movies that one might enjoy seeing. In the topic of sports ranking, we’ll be ready to participate in March Madness and submit our own mathematically generated brackets to compete against millions of others. The lectures are developed to encourage you to explore and create your own ideas either through your own programming but also with online tools developed for the course. Come to this course ready to investigate your own ideas.

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Taught by

Bruce Scates


4.0 rating, based on 3 Class Central reviews

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  • Applications of Linear Algebra Part 1 is a light, activity-focused introduction to linear algebra offered by Davidson University through edX. The course is suitable for anyone who is curious about what linear algebra is and how it can be used in the…
  • Ayse N.
    The introduction text for the course seemed really interesting. But it turns out they don't really dive much into the code, but more like show some simulations to explain linear algebra concepts. I think the content is interesting and the whole course can be finished in less than a day, just watching the videos. But for learning linear algebra, there is not much depth, most exercises don't work anymore, either.

    Same instructor also has a free course on Udemy:
  • Tojiboyreva Mashhurabonu
    it was both awesome and fun. i learnt a lot of things from that and get A+. thank you for the teachers!!!

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