Synopses & Reviews
Used in undergraduate classrooms across the USA, this is a clearly written, rigorous introduction to differential equations and their applications. Fully understandable to students who have had one year of calculus, this book distinguishes itself from other differential equations texts through its engaging application of the subject matter to interesting scenarios. This fourth edition incorporates earlier introductory material on bifurcation theory and adds a new chapter on Sturm-Liouville boundary value problems. Computer programs in C, Pascal, and Fortran are presented throughout the text to show readers how to apply differential equations towards quantitative problems.
Mathematics is playing an ever more important role in the physical and biological sciences, provoking a blurring of boundaries between scientific disciplines and a resurgence of interest in the modern as weil as the classical techniques of applied mathematics. This renewal of interest, both in research and teaching, has led to the establishment of the series: Texts in Applied Mathematics (TAM). The development of new courses is a natural consequence of a high Ievel of excitement on the research frontier as newer techniques, such as numerical and symbolic computer systems, dynamical systems, and chaos, mix with and reinforce the traditional methods of applied mathematics. Thus, the purpose of this textbook series is to meet the current and future needs of these advances and encourage the teaching of new courses. T AM will publish textbooks suitable for use in advanced undergraduate and beginning graduate courses, and will complement the Applied Mathe matical Seiences ( AMS) series, which will focus on advanced textbooks and research Ievel monographs. Preface to the Fourth Edition There are two major changes in the Fourth Edition of Differential Equations and Their Applications. The first concerns the computer programs in this text. In keeping with recent trends in computer science, we have replaced all the APL programs with Pascal and C programs. The Pascal programs appear in the text in place ofthe APL programs, where they are followed by the Fortran programs, while the C programs appear in Appendix C."
In its fourth edition, and benefitting from 15 years of classroom use, this classic study of differential equations and their applications is updated. It is sufficiently rigorous and diverse to satisfy the needs of mathematicians, scientists and engineers, including computer programs in C, Pascal, and Fortran along with many original, challenging exercises. 68 illustrations.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 First-order differential equations * Chapter 2 Second-order linear differential equations * Chapter 3 Systems of differential equations * Chapter 4 Qualitative theory of differential equations * Chapter 5 Separation of variables and Fourier series * Chapter 6 Sturm -Liouville boundary value problems * Appendix A Some simple facts concerning functions of several variables * Appendix B Sequences and series * Appendix C C Programs * Answers to odd-numbered exercises * Index