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Elementary Differential Equations and Boundary Value Problems [Hardcover]

William E. Boyce , Richard C. DiPrima
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October 27, 2008 0470383348 978-0470383346 9
Written from the perspective of the applied mathematician, the latest edition of this bestselling book focuses on the theory and practical applications of Differential Equations to engineering and the sciences. Emphasis is placed on the methods of solution, analysis, and approximation. Use of technology, illustrations, and problem sets help readers develop an intuitive understanding of the material. Historical footnotes trace the development of the discipline and identify outstanding individual contributions. This book builds the foundation for anyone who needs to learn differential equations and then progress to more advanced studies.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 816 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 9 edition (October 27, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470383348
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470383346
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 8.5 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,777 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not good at all March 12, 2011
By Mark
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Save your money and buy Ordinary Differential Equations by Tennenbaum and Pollard, or use Paul's online math notes. I PROMISE you will not learn ANYTHING from this book. The exposition is confusing at best, and many important concepts are left as exercises. If you must use this book for a class, purchase an earlier edition for a cheaper price. If you are trying to learn differntial equations solely from this text, it will be rough sailing.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars How not to write a textbook. March 3, 2011
The good: none.

The bad:
Techniques are taught in examples, not beforehand.
Ridiculously confusing notation.
Large steps in arithmetic and logic are left out.
Messy algebra for the sake of messy algebra -- what's the pedagogical value?
Overly difficult word problems that assume prior knowledge.
$150 for this?

Just another bad university textbook. Move along, nothing to see.


I'm still using this book in my differential equations II class. This book really is the epitome of garbage. Chapter 10 flawlessly exemplifies the confusing notation, blatant use of a CAS, and pointlessly messy algebra.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars 9th Edition, You Say? January 4, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Textbooks are big money; everyone knows that. But, now they aren't even trying to hide that new editions are only about the money. People make mistakes, even the infallible textbook authors, and improvements can often be made on anything, but after a few editions maybe it's time to give it a rest. You can go to any college library and find a plethora of great and decent differential equation books , almost all of which approach the subject much better than Boyce and DiPrima.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rough Class, but Decent Book December 29, 2012
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If you have to take this class, all I can say is I'm so sorry and best of luck. It's difficult because of all of the math jargon. I got an A in my class (which had a horrible professor) because I was able to decrypt the equations and processes in the book.

Best advice I can give is to check out the MIT Open Courseware for the areas where you are struggling. The online lectures are extremely helpful.

Hope this helps!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great diff eq book August 7, 2013
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This book helped me learn differential equations despite the fact that I couldn't understand one word my foreign teacher said.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars DO NOT BUY A KINDLE EDITION November 2, 2012
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This is the most difficult book to navigate using a kindle. The blotchy representation of pages on the Kindle and the Kindle app are difficult to read. You can not blow up the grainy images that are used to present the problems - some problems are represented as regular Kindle text and some are images. Many of the examples are images that do not expand in size and are difficult to read. It is too hard to move from page to page and nearly incomprehensible without that ability to reference previous pages. Please do not buy or rent the Kindle version it may turn out to be as frustrating for you as well.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars international edition warning August 28, 2010
okay, this is strike two according to my patience.

the 9th international edition (the paperback version) of this text does not match the 9th domestic edition in problem set ordering.

everyone knows why this is, i don't need to rant about it. just be forewarned. if you need this for a class, you'll be SOL unless you can use a friend's book or cramster to make sure you're on the right problem.

should i pretend to make this a review of the book, i'd be wasting my time. everyone else with complaints has already done my job. it's a difficult and confusing text with a lot of obscured operations in examples and a lot of numeric solutions that don't illustrate anything about what the answer represents. (it's a bit difficult to recognize 0.54406157 as 1-e^(-pi/4)). the SSM is terse and covers only a handful of the problems at that. ...oh wait, my bad, this isn't a review of the book.

this is a review of getting taken for a ride again by a publisher that feels the need to drag its market back into the sandbox by force of sheer aggravation. for that, i give it one star. i was more forgiving last time this happened, but maybe i'm a bit miffed by having to deal with the university's follett bookstore and have a little lower tolerance for this kind of tired old game.

cheers. (he says with a scowl)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 5, 2014
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Great book
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars The authors seem to assume we are geniuses
Compared to textbooks for other math or math heavy courses I have taken this text gives far fewer worked examples. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Katushya
5.0 out of 5 stars Good condition
It had some writing in it but it was totally fine. I needed this book for a course so that's why I ordered it. The examples in the book were useful and well-written.
Published 2 months ago by Mai Yer
1.0 out of 5 stars garbage
just leaving this review to add to the overall score. read the rest of the negative reviews for why i gave this 1 star
Published 2 months ago by T. P. Shook
2.0 out of 5 stars Hard to follow
Many of the exercises skip important steps in the process leaving the reader to interpret and over-analyze the exercises. Read more
Published 5 months ago by G. Hoffman
5.0 out of 5 stars Works
I got it on time and it was useful for my Differential Equations class. Six more words, helpful, on time.
Published 9 months ago by Miriam Woolley
4.0 out of 5 stars a very good book
The book has excellent examples in the text, but the examples and answers in the problems section are too difficult.
Published 9 months ago by yonah fredman
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
No problems with writing or anything in the book. I sold it to someone else for the same amount that I paid for it when the class was over.
Published 9 months ago by Spencer Gardner
1.0 out of 5 stars Kindle Version is Unuseable
This not a commentary on the content or the book itself, but the Kindle transfer is worse than useless. Read more
Published 10 months ago by meepcat
5.0 out of 5 stars very good book
this book is a good way to get your feet wet with diff eqs. the problems are good, and help you review and exercise concepts of the chapter(s) that preceded them.
Published 12 months ago by Azfar M. Khandoker
3.0 out of 5 stars Found it Difficult to use on its own
I personally do not like the writing style of this book. The authors go on winded explanations for paragraphs at a time, and I did not find the examples in the book particularly... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Zachary Williams
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