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on 11 November 2014
Now, having read the For Dummies book on Calculus (which was very, very good) I was very eager to get this one on Differential Equations.

However, I am very disappointed with this book. Like others have written in their reviews, this book fails miserably as a book 'for dummies'. The author states many complicated looking equations one after the other with no explanations between them apart from 'and so' 'and:' 'So:' 'where n is an integer'. And really, minimal effort has been made to EXPLAIN what those equations are, what the notation means etc.

I am quite surprised at the lack of simplification and/or explanation. Even for someone such as myself who has a degree in engineering but have real difficultly in some areas I wanted to brush up on and gain real understanding, I found that going through this book ONLY ADDS TO MY CONFUSION.

On the whole I would not recommend this book to anyone.

Extremely disappointed.
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on 24 November 2010
Good points.
The book is cheap and does cover the techniques required for "A" level first year undergrad. But you would need to buy associated work book as well which would put the price up.

Bads Points.
Fails in in the "... For Dummies" Concept (some of which have been very good in series), in that it should be the book that you turn to when your teaching text book says something you don't understand, unfortunately this doesn't make it any clearer. It is useful for reinforcement but only when you understand in the first place.

Does NOT cover the use of differential equations in applied situations e.g oscilating systems - this is a major shortcoming in my view as all Maths programs teach differential equations in this context.

Conclusion: save you money and put it to a better book.
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on 29 November 2015
Pretty good. Learned a lot from it as a reference. Almost renders the textbook used in class useless. But lacks some explanations for clarity that took a while to figure out by myself. Needs the workbook. Actually, if I had to choose, I'd to get the workbook before this one.
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on 24 November 2010
Good points.
The book is cheap and does cover the techniques required for "A" level first year undergrad. But you would need to buy associated work book as well which would put the price up.

Bads Points.
Fails in in the "... For Dummies" Concept (some of which have been very good in series), in that it should be the book that you turn to when your teaching text book says something you don't understand, unfortunately this doesn't make it any clearer. It is useful for reinforcement but only when you understand in the first place.

Does NOT cover the use of differential equations in applied situations e.g oscilating systems - this is a major shortcoming in my view as all Maths programs teach differential equations in this context.

Conclusion: save your money and put it to a better book.
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