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By H. W. Turnbull

Thorough and self-contained, this penetrating learn of the speculation of canonical matrices offers an in depth attention of the entire theory's valuable positive aspects. issues contain trouble-free ameliorations and bilinear and quadratic kinds; canonical relief of similar matrices; subgroups of the crowd of similar changes; and rational and classical canonical kinds. the ultimate chapters discover a number of tools of canonical aid, together with these of unitary and orthogonal differences.

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In mathematical modeling there is usually a trade-off between accuracy and ease of use. ) If we assume that the Sun moves along the ecliptic at constant speed, there is a substantial difference between our computed position and the Sun’s actual position at certain times during the year: Sometimes the Sun is ahead of its computed position, sometimes behind it. Of course if we found the correct constant speed then we could correctly predict that at the end of the year the Sun would be right back where it started, but we knew that before we began.

The goal of the buoyancy principle is to describe a force, the force that we call the buoyancy force. The buoyancy force is directed upward. It opposes the weight of an object, which is a downward-directed force. All objects near Earth’s surface have weight; only objects that are wholly or partially immersed in a fluid are subject to the buoyancy force. Ships, for example, whether made of wood as in Archimedes’ time or steel as in our own time, are kept afloat by the buoyancy force. But the buoyancy force does more than float boats.

We have seen that this was true of the Mesopotamians and the Greeks (except Archimedes who made use of the idea of weight in his study of buoyancy), and the situation was the same in other early mathematically advanced cultures. The Indians, the Chinese, the Persians, and the Arabs also had strong traditions in astronomy, for example, but their work emphasized geometrical measurements and predictions. They showed little interest in uncovering the causes of the motions that they so carefully documented.

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