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A First Course in Differential Equations [Hardcover]

Dennis G. Zill
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May 14, 2008 0495108243 978-0495108245 9
A First Course in Differential Equations with Modeling Applications, 9th Edition strikes a balance between the analytical, qualitative, and quantitative approaches to the study of differential equations. This proven and accessible text speaks to beginning engineering and math students through a wealth of pedagogical aids, including an abundance of examples, explanations, "Remarks" boxes, definitions, and group projects. Using a straightforward, readable, and helpful style, this book provides a thorough treatment of boundary-value problems and partial differential equations.

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Dennis G. Zill is professor of mathematics at Loyola Marymount University. His interests are in applied mathematics, special functions, and integral transforms. Dr. Zill received his Ph.D. in applied mathematics and his M.S. from Iowa State University in 1967 and 1964, respectively. He received his B.A. from St. Mary's in Winona, Minnesota, in 1962. Dr. Zill also is former chair of the Mathematics Department at Loyola Marymount University. He is the author or co-author of 13 mathematics texts.

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  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning; 9 edition (May 14, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0495108243
  • ISBN-13: 978-0495108245
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.5 x 10.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #289,795 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very Methodological, Not Really... Deep August 12, 2012
By Baze
It's a perfect book for an engineering student, or a student studying the physical sciences- notably physics. For those studying mathematics, logic, or economics, this book will not deliver complete satisfaction, as the text falls short of explaining the reasoning behind the methods used to solve differential equations.

In other words, the book presents numerous excellent techniques in solving differential equations, but does not go into detail as to how the methods work. Knowing "how" the methods work can really help increase the undergraduate (even graduate) student's mathematical aptitude, and will engrain the methods as "tools" in the mathematician's mind for a very long time. Thus, after going through the course with this book, I felt the methods used to solve diffEq's slip away.

It's a great book with many examples and how to's, but it's not effective in keeping the methods alive in the student's mind. A more effective book, in my opinion, would be Elementary Differential Equations and Boundary Value Problems.

If you must purchase this book for class, you won't be disappointed. It's littered with numerous examples and answers in the book of the book- however, if you really want to LEARN the logic behind diff Eq, prepare to do your own reading on the side, or pester your math professor to explain why the methods are what they are.

Hope this helps- please comment if you have any questions or concerns.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not helpful at all. September 7, 2011
By Ken
Unfortunately as students we don't get to pick the textbooks. If you're not forced to buy this one for a course and are reading up on differential equations in your spare time, skip this book!

It attempts to be consise, but to a fault. The "examples" scattered throughout the chapters are often nothing more than an equation and a discription of how to solve it, and magically the solution is there. I would like a little more hand-holding and step by step examples, because there have been many times I'll stare at an equation and not know how they got to the final step. Often it's something simple, and therefore skipped, but geez- if you're trying to teach me something, SHOW THE WORK!

Unfortunately I'm in double trouble because my teacher has a thick accent and I can barely understand his explanations. If I want to understand a concept, I have to search online to teach myself, while this expensive book sits open and unhelpful beside me.

Finally, the Cost. The Cost! The price deserves capital letters. I know textbooks are expensive, but this is one of the shorter books. At under 400 pages and hardback, it clocks in well over $120. Save your money if at all possible.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Small Book, Big Price March 2, 2009
The book is pretty professional, however it comes with a pretty big price for such a small book. Also, some of the main equations in the book are poorly identified--they're there, but you have to look a little harder than just opening to the page and seeing it standing out in all of its glory. Also, if you've taken any calculus-based physics classes, I think you'll find that your physics textbook will do a much better job of explaining how to solve physics-related problems than this book does, rightly so maybe.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Decent Introduction to DE's August 16, 2011
By swb1219
This book is decent for an introductory class on DE's but Zill doesn't explain enough about what's going on. The examples are fine and lead to good exercises with a wide range of engineering and physics examples. Most students will do fine using the book though.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I now regret taking the class because of this book. August 28, 2010
This book only gives answers to 'selected' odd-numbered problems making it hard to check your work and make sure you know what you are doing. The solutions manual only works out about every third problem. Even then, they are not worked out well. Once again making it hard to check your work. I really regret buying this now.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Terrible October 30, 2012
This book is absolutely awful as it is very hard to understand. I don't know how any normal person is supposed to understand anything in this textbook. The examples also often skip steps making the problems confusing. This book sucks.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good problem set, terrible explanations June 1, 2012
By Cate
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While this book gives good problems to work on, the book isn't very clear. It covers all of the topics, but doesn't explain how to do things and apply it to something other than the example. I had a very hard time following the explanations and found that Zill tried to make it sound more complicated than it should have been, all while not explaining what he was trying to accomplish.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Hard to Read...Even for a Math book March 11, 2012
By Rhein
I took Differential Equations this quarter with this book. I did not like it. I'm an engineering student and I'm used to reading hard textbooks but this one was impossible. The first time I opened up the book I was confronted with a mass of numbers and formulas with no explanation; I had to go to my teacher for help. I will be glad to get rid of this book. If you don't have to use it then don't. If not, well, I hope you have a good teacher.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Well-organized and reasonably clear.
It quickly became apparent to me when I took this class that Diff. Eq. was past my level of competence in Mathematics; I got through the class by the grace of a pretty good teacher... Read more
Published 16 days ago by James Yanni
1.0 out of 5 stars Really Really Awful
This is the worst textbook I have ever seen in any subject. The "explanations" are convoluted and incomprehensible. Read more
Published 22 days ago by StarStuff
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent Book. Not the Best. Not the worst.
The book sometimes has a confusing outline-type layout each chapter, which makes it hard to follow the concepts presented in a chapter. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Logan Schelly
1.0 out of 5 stars Not the book
This is not the book in the picture and it isn't even hardcover. This is the "international student" version which was not stated in description and it isn't hardcover. Read more
Published 6 months ago by B. Khonako
5.0 out of 5 stars I like it.
I have not taste it so I am not sure if it is good enough. But I think it is cheaper than the bookstore in my university.
Published 6 months ago by Zhu Mengyao
Zill mixes up math with his own personal opinions and prejudices. This distracts from the book and makes it difficult to take it seriously. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Greg Powers
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than average Diff EQ book
Zill does a pretty darn good job at progressing through the necessary steps in differential equations. From first order linear through Laplace transforms and beyond. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Tim
5.0 out of 5 stars A little condensed, but I have the soutions manual.
The other reviews pretty much nailed it on the head; the material is condensed, not too explanatory, skips tons of steps, etc... and the solutions manual is terrible. Read more
Published 17 months ago by No Name
4.0 out of 5 stars Great text for certain classrooms.
I'm going to start by saying that if you're a student who has to purchase this text this review is not aimed at you. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Gregory C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Diff EQ
This book was excellent. Great example problems really helped the students to learn the material with common applications. Read more
Published 21 months ago by os
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