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Elementary Differential Equations And Boundary Value Problems

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This book covers all the essential topics on differential equations, including series solutions, Laplace transforms, systems of equations, numerical methods and phase plane methods. Clear explanations are detailed with many current examples.
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Published August 20th 1996 by Wiley (first published 1965)
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April
May 12, 2014 April rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I had a shaky foundation in calculus, particularly infinite series, heading into my differential equations class. It didn't particularly matter with this book. The book reviews a few of the more challenging concepts from calculus when needed and is gentle when explaining new material. Generally speaking, if you can differentiate and integrate and quickly google whatever gaps in knowledge you might have, this is a great book. I can honestly say I've never had a clearer math text. It occasionally ...more
Steve Stuart
I'm sure there have been many changes since this (third) edition of Boyce & Diprima, but the basics of "diffy cue" haven't changed in the 30+ years since it was published. This was a perfectly functional textbook for my introduction to the field.

Actually, very little of what I know about differential equations comes directly from this book -- most of it came from the repetition and more relevant applications in later and more applied courses. But this book provides the ticket into those oth
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Gabriel Mintzer
Sep 04, 2015 Gabriel Mintzer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Differential Equations was certainly one of my favorite courses, and this textbook is one reason why I enjoyed the course so much. The textbook makes all of its concepts clear with illustrative examples, and the material that it covers, though advanced, is absolutely fascinating. Additionally, some of the exercises connect to historical math problems and models; I still recall an exercise walking the reader through a procedure for solving the brachistochrone problem. I would recommend this book ...more
Dan
Dec 29, 2008 Dan is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
If you never made it past Calculus III, and wondered what glories lie ahead, this is your book....I won't give it a 'Rating' (at least one I'll admit to): I'm enough of a dork already by posting a DiffEq textbook, then if i gave it 3.5 stars and declared that it was amongst my Top 10 favorite textbooks, somewhere between 'Rock Slope Stability and Analysis' and 'Principles of Mine Ventilation'...well...that would just push it over the top
Erik
Feb 04, 2015 Erik rated it really liked it
I've been using this for a general review of Diff Eq. It is a little dense for a first read (I recommend first mastering all of the rote methods with one of the demystified books or schaum's outlines) but has great problems and nice no frills attack on Matrix methods and PDE at the end.
Tiffany
differential equations ... not the most fun math i've taken, but the book does an okay job of explaining the concepts.
Zohre
Oct 21, 2014 Zohre rated it it was amazing
Last semester, i didn't attend my Differential Equations classes, and just by self-studying this book, i picked it up completely, and i got a full mark!
So i really appreciate this book :)
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