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With traditional linear algebra texts, the course is quite easy for students all the way through the early stages as material is presented in a familiar, concrete setting. On the other hand, when abstract concepts are introduced, students continuously hit a wall. Instructors seem to agree that certain concepts (such as linear independence, spanning, subspace, vector space, and linear transformations) aren’t easily understood and require time to assimilate. These concepts are fundamental to the study of linear algebra, so students’ understanding of them is vital to mastering the subject. This text makes these concepts more accessible by introducing them early in a familiar, concrete Rn setting, developing them gradually, and returning to them all over the text so that when they are discussed in the abstract, students are readily able to understand.