Professor Francis Su, PhD

Professor Francis Su
  • Harvey Mudd College
  • Harvard University
Linear algebra is about seeing the world visually in a completely different way. It’s about growing in your ability to recognize the hidden mathematical structures that underlie the everyday problems we encounter.

Francis Su is the Benediktsson-Karwa Professor of Mathematics at Harvey Mudd College. He earned his Ph.D. from Harvard University, and he has held visiting professorships at Cornell University and the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute in Berkeley, California. In 2015 and 2016, he served as president of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA).

Professor Su’s research focuses on geometric and topological combinatorics and their applications to the social sciences. He has published numerous scientific papers, and his work on the rental harmony problem (the question of how to divide rent fairly among roommates) was featured in The New York Times. He also wrote the book, Mathematics and Human Flourishing.

Professor Su’s teaching and writing are nationally renowned. The MAA has recognized his work with the Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo Award and the Henry L. Alder Award for exemplary teaching, as well as the Paul R. Halmos-Lester R. Ford Award and the Merten M. Hasse Prize for distinguished writing. He is the author of the popular Math Fun Facts website; has a widely used YouTube course on real analysis; and is the creator the math news app MathFeed,. Professor Su’s notoriety as a popularizer prompted WIRED magazine to call him, “the mathematician who will make you fall in love with numbers.”

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  1. Mastering Linear Algebra: An Introduction with Applications

    Mastering Linear Algebra: An Introduction with Applications

    Francis Su
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    Starting at $234.95 Starting at $234.95 $269.95 $234.95$269.95
    Taught by Professor Francis Su of Harvey Mudd College, this course covers the topics of a first-semester college course in linear algebra, including vector spaces, dot and cross products, matrix operations, linear transformations, determinants, eigenvectors and eigenvalues, and much more. Professor Su introduces many fascinating applications of linear algebra, from computer graphics to quantum mechanics.
  2. (Set) Mastering Linear Algebra & Understanding Multivariable Calculus Set

    (Set) Mastering Linear Algebra & Understanding Multivariable Calculus

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $554.90 Starting at $554.90 $644.90 $554.90$644.90
    With this two-course set, learn how to make sense of two mathematical fields with profound applications for our everyday world. In Mastering Linear Algebra: An Introduction with Applications, discover the ideal starting point for approaching the influential branch of mathematics in which algebra meets geometry. And in Understanding Multivariable Calculus: Problems, Solutions, and Tips, go beyond the two-dimensional...
  3. (Set) Mastering Linear Algebra & Learning Statistics Set

    (Set) Mastering Linear Algebra & Learning Statistics

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $539.90 $469.90$539.90
    Explore some fascinating applications of both linear algebra and statistics with this two-course set. In Mastering Linear Algebra: An Introduction with Applications, discover the ideal starting point for approaching the influential branch of mathematics in which algebra meets geometry. And in Learning Statistics: Concepts and Applications in R, discover how to apply elementary statistical methods in a free,...
  4. (Set) Mastering Linear Algebra & Mastering Differential Equations Set

    (Set) Mastering Linear Algebra & Mastering Differential Equations

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $524.90 $449.90$524.90
    Embark on two visually rich explorations of the mathematical world in this two-course set. First, discover the ideal starting point for approaching the influential branch of mathematics in which algebra meets geometry in Mastering Linear Algebra: An Introduction with Applications. Then, discover what makes differential equations an essential tool for analyzing the process of change in our universe with Mastering...
  5. (Set) Mastering Linear Algebra & Understanding Calculus II Set

    (Set) Mastering Linear Algebra & Understanding Calculus II

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $554.90 Starting at $554.90 $644.90 $554.90$644.90
    Grasp the concepts, applications, and insights of both linear algebra and calculus in this two-course set delivered by experts at making mathematical fields accessible. In Mastering Linear Algebra: An Introduction with Applications, discover the ideal starting point for approaching the influential branch of mathematics in which algebra meets geometry. In Understanding Calculus II: Problems, Solutions, and Tips,...
  6. (Set) Mastering Linear Algebra & Understanding Calculus Set

    (Set) Mastering Linear Algebra & Understanding Calculus

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $554.90 Starting at $554.90 $644.90 $554.90$644.90
    Gain a deep appreciation for the extraordinary power of both linear algebra and calculus in this two-course set. First, discover the ideal starting point for approaching the influential branch of mathematics in which algebra meets geometry in Mastering Linear Algebra: An Introduction with Applications. Then, immerse yourself in an unrivaled learning adventure and a sure-and-steady guide to conquering calculus with...