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Differential Equations with Boundary-Value Problems (Non-InfoTrac Version) Paperback – October 15, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-0534418861 ISBN-10: 0534418864 Edition: 6th

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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Brooks Cole; 6 edition (October 15, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0534418864
  • ISBN-13: 978-0534418861
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,784,215 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Zill and Cullen is exceptionally well laid-out, making it easy for students to follow, with good examples, summaries, and straightforward exposition. Definitions, theorems, proofs, etc, are also clearly stated. Important results are nicely highlighted. Excellent review exercises are provided, with fill-in the blank and t/f type questions, as well as problems." "The exercises are a strength, with graded level of difficulty, with a few challenging problems for more capable students. Skill and concepts are well balanced in the exercises, and there are sufficient numbers of each; there are appropriate applications, both classic and modern. There are new problems employing CAS as well as lab exercise. These are a real plus."

"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.

About the Author

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, Winona, MN, in 1962. Dr. Zill is also former chair of the Mathematics Department at Loyola Marymount University. He is also the author or co-author of 13 texts in mathematics.

Professor Michael Cullen, late of Loyola Marymount University, was awarded the President's Fritz B. Burns Distinguished Teaching Award for Excellence in Teaching and Scholarship in 1999. Dr. Cullen received his Ph.D. in complex variables from the University of Iowa in 1968. He received his M.S. from the University of Iowa in 1967 and his B.S. from Loyola University of Los Angeles in 1965. His interest was in biomathematics. Dr. Cullen also authored two texts in mathematics: MATHEMATICS FOR THE BIOSCIENCES and LINEAR MODELS IN BIOLOGY.

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This book, however, does nothing of the sort.
Ryan Huntley
The student solutions manual only gives very vague hints at solving a few problems and almost never the most important problem of a set, the first problem.
Civil Engineer
I would give it negative 5 stars, but since I can't i'll give it a crappy review.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 9, 1999
Format: Hardcover
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.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 23, 2000
Format: Hardcover
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.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Victor G. Ausilio on March 8, 2007
Format: Paperback
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.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 9, 1999
Format: Hardcover
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.
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 22, 1999
Format: Hardcover
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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Civil Engineer on August 27, 2008
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The student solutions manual only gives very vague hints at solving a few problems and almost never the most important problem of a set, the first problem. I spent an unbelievable amount of time trying to figure out how to rewrite the problem in the form that was shown in the solutions manual. DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 13, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I've looked around for other books on differential equations, but this book is one of the best I've seen. Plenty of examples. The book covers the material thoroughly. For example, it does a great job with Laplace transforms...devoting more than 60 pages to it..while other books just skim over this interesting and important topic.
The last few chapters are an intro to partial differential equations, and their applications. They aren't intended as thorough coverage, but give a nice overview. I got interested and bought a book on partial differential equations afterwards.
Good book overall. Plenty of problems and solutions as well, so you can practice.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Snider on July 19, 2009
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I used this book for an "online course" where we never met the instructor. Fortunately the book makes it easy to learn the material without having an expert by your side to guide you.
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