1.

See under algebra (def 2).

Origin of linear algebra

1890-1895

[al-juh-bruh]
/ˈæl dʒə brə/

1.

the branch of mathematics that deals with general statements of relations, utilizing letters and other symbols to represent specific sets of numbers, values, vectors, etc., in the description of such relations.

2.

any of several algebraic systems, especially a ring in which elements can be multiplied by real or complex numbers (linear algebra) as well as by other elements of the ring.

3.

any special system of notation adapted to the study of a special system of relationship:

algebra of classes.

Origin

1535-45; < Medieval Latin < Arabic al-jabr literally, restoration

Related forms

prealgebra, noun, adjective

British Dictionary definitions for linear algebra

/ˈældʒɪbrə/

noun

1.

a branch of mathematics in which arithmetical operations and relationships are generalized by using alphabetic symbols to represent unknown numbers or members of specified sets of numbers

2.

the branch of mathematics dealing with more abstract formal structures, such as sets, groups, etc

Derived Forms

algebraist (ˌældʒɪˈbreɪɪst) noun

Word Origin

C14: from Medieval Latin, from Arabic al-jabr the bone-setting, reunification, mathematical reduction

Word Origin and History for linear algebra

n.

1550s, from Medieval Latin algebra, from Arabic al jebr "reunion of broken parts," as in computation, used 9c. by Baghdad mathematician Abu Ja'far Muhammad ibn Musa al-Khwarizmi as the title of his famous treatise on equations ("Kitab al-Jabr w'al-Muqabala" "Rules of Reintegration and Reduction"), which also introduced Arabic numerals to the West. The accent shifted 17c. from second syllable to first. The word was used in English 15c.-16c. to mean "bone-setting," probably from Arab medical men in Spain.

linear algebra in Science

linear algebra The branch of mathematics that deals with the theory of systems of linear equations, matrices, vector spaces, and linear transformations. |

linear algebra in Culture

A branch of mathematics marked chiefly by the use of symbols to represent numbers, as in the use of *a*2 + *b*2 = *c*2 to express the Pythagorean theorem.

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