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The Manga Guide to Linear Algebra (2008)
Shin Takahashi / Iroha Inoue
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Reiji wants to learn karate and he is in love with a girl named Misa. So, it works out perfectly when it turns out that her big brother who is the captain of the karate club agrees to let Reiji into the club if he teachers Misa linear algebra.

Like others in this "Learn with Manga" series, this book uses the tropes of manga and the allure of teen romance to teach a college-level academic subject. In this case, it is the standard components of a linear algebra course: matrix multiplication, determinants, solving linear systems, eigenvalues, etc.

The book was original published in Japanese in 2008 and an English translation appeared in 2012. Thanks to Terence Carey for bringing it to my attention.

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GenreDidactic, Romance,
TopicAlgebra/Arithmetic/Number Theory,
MediumGraphic Novel/Comic Book/Manga,

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