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Elementary Differential Equations and Boundary Value Problems Hardcover

ISBN-13: 978-0470383346 ISBN-10: 0470383348 Edition: 9th

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  • Hardcover: 816 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 9 edition (October 27, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470383348
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470383346
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 8.1 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,748 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I PROMISE you will not learn ANYTHING from this book.
Mark
This book does a very poor job of explaining methodology for solving problems.
Peter B
The examples skip so many steps that they're almost impossible to follow.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mark on March 12, 2011
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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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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By sciencestudent on March 3, 2011
Format: Hardcover
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.

Update:

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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By ReviewBoard on 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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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 4, 2011
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By squeamish on 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 By danielandres on 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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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Nate on February 23, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I am surprised by all of the negative reviews of this book.

I am an engineering student who has not been to my Dif. Eq. class for, well, basically all year. Granted, my instructor follows the lessons fairly closely and posts what section is being covered each week. Regardless, this book has allowed me to 'self-teach' and grasp the concepts quite well. The homework problems start simple and gradually become more difficult. The answers to every problem are in the back of the book, so you are not restricted to odd-problems-only while studying.

Contrary to other reviewers, I find that problem examples are thorough, go step-by-step, and allow the processes to develop gradually.

As, I have no other book to guage this by, I rate it at 4 stars. If I could give 4 1/2, I would.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C. A. Hooks on August 28, 2010
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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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