I have gotten my hands on the following book Introduction to Linear Algebra 4th Edition by Gilbert Strang and it's not sufficient for my learning needs, at least not on it's own.

I have access to the solutions of the problems located at this website.

The solutions stated do not help me learn linear algebra. Why? I require a fully written out solution explaining every step instead of a compact summary. Does anyone know where I can acquire these type of solutions for this book?

Alternatively tell me which linear algebra book has fully written out solutions. I need to see the process in full detail, reading abstract sentences just does not do it for me.

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    $\begingroup$ you have to do some work then. Life is tough. There is not fully written solution manual in life. $\endgroup$ – user139708 Nov 26 '14 at 14:44
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    $\begingroup$ @KarlMorrison Mathematicians who know enough to write such a book are too busy doing something else. See if this book pleases you. If you're studying at a university, you might try to contact the students in the math department, with any luck you'll find someone like me who solves every problem from (almost) every course. $\endgroup$ – Git Gud Nov 26 '14 at 14:48
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    $\begingroup$ @KarlMorrison I sympathize. I am of the opinion that lectures and books in general are too tough. I had to tough it out. I hope you find the solution that fits you best. $\endgroup$ – Git Gud Nov 26 '14 at 15:10
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    $\begingroup$ @GitGud Finally a reasonable motive as to why this happens. Of all the subjects I have read math is by far the one I am struggling with most. As a programmer I like logic, I'd like to think mathematicians and programmers have logic in common. I find it however not logical for these books to be so abstract especially for beginners of a completely new subject within mathematics. As for my opinion it's a major pity that these books are stuck it what seems to me as the 19th century. Math needs to be opened up to the world. $\endgroup$ – Karl Morrison Nov 26 '14 at 15:14
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    $\begingroup$ @KarlMorrison To be perfectly honest I think most authors (and lecturers) have been at such a high intellectual level for so long that they don't realize how big the gaps in their texts are when read by a less capable person. Also most people who end up writing books were already the best students in their time, so the distance gap to the regular reader becomes even larger. $\endgroup$ – Git Gud Nov 26 '14 at 15:19

An alternative book that you can try is: Linear Algebra by Jim Hefferon. The book is completely open source and it has a variety of exercises for you try with full solutions.

Highlights from the website:

  • The coverage is standard: linear systems and Gauss's method, vector spaces, linear maps and matrices, determinants, and eigenvectors eigenvalues.

  • It is Free. The book is Freely available, including its source.

  • The approach is developmental. Although it covers the requisite material by proving things, it does not assume that students already able at abstract work. Instead, it proceeds with a great of motivation, many computational examples, and exercises that from routine verifications to a few challenges. The goal is, in context of developing the material of an undergraduate linear course, to help raise each student's level of mathematical maturity.

  • Extensive exercise sets, with worked answers to all exercises. Sometimes material described on the web as a book is really someone's lecture notes. That's fine but from notes to a book is a long way. That includes things like figures and an index, but most importantly means exercises. Each subsection here has many, spanning a range difficulty, each with a worked answer, including proofs.

  • Popular. This book has been downloadable since 1996 and has been used in hundreds of classes at many schools, as well as by individuals for independent study. Applications. Each finishes with four or five short supplemental topics. These are for reading or projects, or for small group work.

  • Extras. You can get beamer slides to use in class, and a lab manual using Sage. Prerequisite: typically one semester of calculus (some examples use the derivative operation).

  • Reviews. Here are some: the Mathematical Association of America review, the American Institute of Mathematics, one from a longstanding site for free texts.


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