chapter  1
18 Pages

Introduction

This introduction provides a brief overview of the contents of the book, briefly

describing the focus of each chapter.

Chapter 2 introduces matrices and the corresponding linear algebra. A matrix

is a rectangular array of numbers, which may be used to succinctly represent

sets of equations, network connections, evolutionary dynamic systems and so on.

Manipulation of matrices becomes essential to the efficient study of large systems.

The following example illustrates the benefit of matrices whenmoving from single

equation problems to systems of equations.