This week's book giveaway is in the OCAJP forum. We're giving away four copies of OCA Java SE 8 Programmer I Study Guide 1Z0-808 and have Jeanne Boyarsky & Scott Selikoff on-line! See this thread for details.

I'm an older guy who has gone back to school and I'm currently taking Linear Algebra. The class was given an assignment last week: Write a paper in which you use the concepts of Linear Algebra to solve a problem in your field.

I don't have much experience with Java or programming in general, and with only five weeks' exposure to Linear Algebra, I'm very green in that area also. So I am completely stumped.

Any ideas? I can write the paper, but I sure could use a kick in the right direction!

Linear algebra fun fun. What's this again? Anyway in layman terms linear algebra boils down linear equations and matrices. In fact if you google a bit there are lots of "application" of linear algebra in computer science and other fields.

It's hard to give a concrete example since I don't use linear algebra in programming that much. Don't know how much BS you can have but you can focus on either 1) how linear algebra applies to various fields of CS (eg AI, computer graphics, game development etc) or 2) how linear algebra can help people "think more logically" and stuff enabling them become better programmers.