# Tag Archives: linear algebra

## Commutative Algebra 7

Modules Having dipped our toes into algebraic geometry, we are back in commutative algebra. Next we would like to introduce “linear algebra” over a ring A. Most of the proofs should pose no difficulty to the reader so we will … Continue reading

## Tensor Product and Linear Algebra

Tensor products can be rather intimidating for first-timers, so we’ll start with the simplest case: that of vector spaces over a field K. Suppose V and W are finite-dimensional vector spaces over K, with bases and respectively. Then the tensor product is the vector … Continue reading

## Elementary Module Theory (IV): Linear Algebra

Throughout this article, a general ring is denoted R while a division ring is denoted D. Dimension of a Vector Space First, let’s consider the dimension of a vector space V over D, denoted dim(V). If W is a subspace of V, we proved earlier that … Continue reading

## Elementary Module Theory (III): Approaching Linear Algebra

The Hom Group Continuing from the previous installation, here’s another way of writing the universal properties for direct sums and products. Let Hom(M, N) be the set of all module homomorphisms M → N; then: (*) for any R-module N. In the case where there’re finitely … Continue reading

## Why Do We Need Eigenvalues and Eigenvectors?

[ Prerequisites : basic linear algebra, matrices and determinants. ] Eigenvalues and eigenvectors are often confusing to students the first time they encounter them. This article attempts to demystify the concepts by giving some motivations and applications. It’s okay if … Continue reading