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Differential Equations With Boundary-value Problems: Non-infotrac Version [Paperback]

Dennis G. Zill , Michael R. Cullen

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15 Oct 2004
This is a student-oriented text, combining throrough explanations, accurate mathematical presentation, and well-defined terms. Essays, contributed by mathematicians and written on the topics of their choosing, are included. The applications approach gives the right amount of theoretical content needed at this level. A complete revision of the chapter on numerical methods now includes new material on the Adams-Bashford Adams-Moulton multistep methods. A chapter is included on plane autonomous systems and stability which and includes a long section on applications.
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"I consider Zill's book to be extremely well written overall with an excellent and wide ranging selection of problems." "Overall, I am impressed with the quality of the writing, the examples and the exercises in both the early and the late chapters and find it appropriate for both weak and strong students." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Amazon.com: 2.8 out of 5 stars  25 reviews
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars An excellent paperweight 9 Jun 1999
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I am a graduate student in mathematics so I've been through my share of textbooks. To this day, I have not found one quite as inconsistent as this one. Some sections are flawless; the author is elegant in his explanation, the examples are clear and relevant, and the problems serve their purpose. However, the poorly written sections (and trust me, there are plenty of them) far outweigh what little beauty lies in this textbook. Anyone who wishes to meticulously plow through this book will know what I'm talking about. The most depressing thing about it all is that I can't seem to find a book (on DE's) that's any better! So to you mathematicians out there: write a decent book on Differential Equations; you might become a millionaire. However, as mentioned earlier, this book will weigh down anything, even in the strong winds of Lubbock.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Classic Old Text 23 May 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
This is a book from the old school of ODE's. The absolute focus of this book is analytical methods and beats the algebra and integration drum to the exclusion of anything else. If you want to learn how ODE's were solved 25 years ago then this book is for you. If you are looking for a book that deals with more modern theory, or handles modeling in a constructive manner then this book is NOT a good choice.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Wheres the Solutions? 8 Mar 2007
By Victor G. Ausilio - Published on Amazon.com
I bought this book to show me how they got the answers to some of the problems in the text book. I was very dissappointed when I recieved it to find that all it did was basically give only some answers and a few clues as to how they got them. Does not help you at all.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for self paced study 9 Feb 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
The book is clear and concise. Great examples, and nice problems. Although once the author goes over some material, in later chapters, he assumes you know it and doesn't go over the same steps again. Some people might find this a problem...but it really isn't if you proceed from one chapter to the next and don't skip around.
Also..I found more stuff in this book than in others. Fourier series are also treated, which some books leave out. In summary, a good book for those who are taking a class...or self study. Goes over material thoroughly. My lectures were horrible, and I did great in the class simply because this book did such a good job of explaining.
14 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent text for self-learners and non-freaks 22 Dec 1999
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Right after high school, I enrolled in a d.e. course at the local junior college (ok, I was a masochist). We used the Zill text, although not the boundary value problem edition. Needless to say, that book was a godsend b/c the instructor was horrible, so after awhile, I only showed up for class for exams, and self-studied on my own from that book. I recall that the book was fun and easy to understand.
Why is it good? It explains things in clear language. The proofs are laid out clearly. There are lots of example problems with solutions. This was critical in the portion of the book where he explains how to solve d.e.'s with variable coefficients. The book makes differential equations look interesting, which is important to capture readers. Zill also has a calc book, and mygoodness, that book was sort of repulsive b/c of the 70's style printing and the nasty brown colors. Looks are always a big thing, back then and now.
I'm not sure how applicable this text is for hard-core math majors, but definitely, if you are in engineering and don't require any weird esoteric understanding of the proofs that math people might need, this is text worth referring to. I can't comment on the BVP, though... However, it helped me to earn an A+ at Cal that first semester as a freshman, so he must be doing something right.
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