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Elementary Differential Equations with Boundary Value Problems (6th Edition) Hardcover – December 10, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0136006138 ISBN-10: 0136006132 Edition: 6th

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Product Details

  • Series: Elementary Differential equations
  • Hardcover: 792 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 6 edition (December 10, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0136006132
  • ISBN-13: 978-0136006138
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 1.2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,684 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

C. Henry Edwards is emeritus professor of mathematics at the University of Georgia. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Tennessee in 1960, and recently retired after 40 years of classroom teaching (including calculus or differential equations almost every term) at the universities of Tennessee, Wisconsin, and Georgia, with a brief interlude at the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton) as an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow. He has received numerous teaching awards, including the University of Georgia's honoratus medal in 1983 (for sustained excellence in honors teaching), its Josiah Meigs award in 1991 (the institution's highest award for teaching), and the 1997 statewide Georgia Regents award for research university faculty teaching excellence. His scholarly career has ranged from research and dissertation direction in topology to the history of mathematics to computing and technology in the teaching and applications of mathematics. In addition to being author or co-author of calculus, advanced calculus, linear algebra, and differential equations textbooks, he is well-known to calculus instructors as author of The Historical Development of the Calculus (Springer-Verlag, 1979). During the 1990s he served as a principal investigator on three NSF-supported projects: (1) A school mathematics project including Maple for beginning algebra students, (2) A Calculus-with-Mathematica program, and (3) A MATLAB-based computer lab project for numerical analysis and differential equations students.


David E. Penney, University of Georgia, completed his Ph.D. at Tulane University in 1965 (under the direction of Prof. L. Bruce Treybig) while teaching at the University of New Orleans. Earlier he had worked in experimental biophysics at Tulane University and the Veteran's Administration Hospital in New Orleans under the direction of Robert Dixon McAfee, where Dr. McAfee's research team's primary focus was on the active transport of sodium ions by biological membranes. Penney's primary contribution here was the development of a mathematical model (using simultaneous ordinary differential equations) for the metabolic phenomena regulating such transport, with potential future applications in kidney physiology, management of hypertension, and treatment of congestive heart failure. He also designed and constructed servomechanisms for the accurate monitoring of ion transport, a phenomenon involving the measurement of potentials in microvolts at impedances of millions of megohms. Penney began teaching calculus at Tulane in 1957 and taught that course almost every term with enthusiasm and distinction until his retirement at the end of the last millennium. During his tenure at the University of Georgia he received numerous University-wide teaching awards as well as directing several doctoral dissertations and seven undergraduate research projects. He is the author of research papers in number theory and topology and is the author or co-author of textbooks on calculus, computer programming, differential equations, linear algebra, and liberal arts mathematics.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Thomas on February 7, 2012
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I bought this book after finishing "Calculus Early Transcendentals" by the same authors. This is another book that is so well-written that it doesn't require a teacher.

There are 9 chapters in all: 1) First-Order Differential Equations 2) Linear Equations of Higher Order 3) Power Series Methods 4) Laplace Transform Methods 5) Linear Systems of Differential Equations 6) Numerical Methods 7) Nonlinear Systems and Phenomena 8) Fourier Series Methods 9) Eigenvalues and Boundary Value Problems.

The most important part of studying any maths book is doing the exercises. In each exercise, make sure that you solve one problem of each type. (Don't do much more than this or you'll get overworked; don't do much less than this or you won't get enough practice.) This way you'll end up solving roughly 10 problems from each exercise. Make sure you use MATLAB (or any similar software) whenever a problem requires it. Remember that this book requires a solid background of high-school calculus, and be prepared to work hard. Good luck with it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Eva on March 24, 2013
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This isn't the best differential equations book. The explanations are satisfactory, but the overall quality is definitely not the best you could find. It does not mention complex methods as a way of solving trigonometric inputs, which makes the equations much easier to solve. This book was required for a class I'm taking at MIT. If I could do it over, I would probably just get the pdf for problems and buy a better differential equations book for a reference. It's not bad, but it's not the best.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By NW Chicago Man on March 27, 2013
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Though I am leaving a 5-star review for Ron Larson's Multivariate Calculus and earned an A in both Multivariate Calculus and DiffEq, I am leaving a 2-star review for this DiffEq text.

This book is very theoretical--a strength for the pure math analysis types--and a weakness for those of us who like a math text to have strong applications. Unfortunately, the book is riddled with typos and often phrases explanations and questions in ways too vague to be useful.

If you must use this book, be sure to buy the study guide as well, or you will be undoubtedly lost. It will also save you many hours/days over the course of your course. Schaum's DiffEq outline ($15?) might also be a good optional investment.
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Overall this book is not a great class resource. The examples and explanations of topics are brief and unclear at best, but my biggest issue with this book is the horrible binding. I hardly use this book at all and its already starting to fall apart. The binding along the spine of the book is coming apart and pages are just falling out. This book has spent the last 3 months sitting on a desk so there is no excuse for this level of deterioration. On the other hand I appear to be lucky as many of my classmates who purchased or rented this textbook no longer have the covers attached as they fell off.
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Pleasantly surprised with this book. As i had to get it for a class, it is an excellent choice, well put together.
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