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Elementary Differential Equations Hardcover – October 27, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0470039403 ISBN-10: 047003940X Edition: 9th

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  • Hardcover: 656 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 9 edition (October 27, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 047003940X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470039403
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,884 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Basically, this book has been pretty useless to my understanding of diff eqs.
Charles Cecil
The readings are very complex and are certainly not written on a level suitable for newcomers.
mike
The examples given in the book are rarely similar to the ones found in the problem set.
Frustrated student

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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Ashraf Eassa on June 6, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book sucks. Yeah, I'm being really blunt here, but this is probably the second most useless math textbook I've ever used (the first being "A Friendly Introduction to Number theory"). Now, my beef is primarily with the text itself (the problems, while mostly dull, are useful for learning and applying the techniques -- so they serve their purpose well), since the explanations are hard to follow, written with gratuitously dense language, and are very murky and unclear.

For example, this book makes understanding the techniques of variation of parameters and undetermined coefficients ridiculously painful to understand. And don't even get me started on the chapter on Laplace transforms -- I could barely understand a single thing there!

However, it's not all bad. *most* of the earlier chapters' contents are pretty good. Still, there are some murky bits and random theoretical topics addressed only half-heartedly, but for the most part, they're okay.

Also, as I said before, the problems in this book aren't bad! My professor usually assigned suggested problems from the text and doing them really helped me memorize the techniques that I learned from Paul's Online Notes...erm, I mean from the chapter!

So yeah, it's an average, run of the mill, hard-to-understand textbook. If you're required to use it for a class, make sure you pay attention and not skip class thinking that you can learn from the book! If you're looking for a book for self study...well, I guess you can use it for the problems, but for the actual material, don't bother with it, just use Paul's Online Notes or ask for help on math forums or something.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Frustrated student on October 19, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The book is filled with abstract theory little of which makes sense to an ODE introductory student. The examples given in the book are rarely similar to the ones found in the problem set. I am currently taking ODE and I feel like I spend more time learning from the internet than from the book. The author takes the simplest topic and makes it sound like neuroscience. If you can avoid buying this book, then do so at all costs. If not, just get the old version for a low price( for the problem sets) and try learning the material from youtube and google.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JBitt on January 23, 2013
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My professor did not speak English very well; plus I found it hard to concentrate while he scribbled equations on the dry erase board. So when it came time to do the homework and study for exams, this book was about all I had. There are definitely improvements that could be made (more complex examples, better formatting), but the material is well explained and the examples are fairly numerous. With enough determination, you can get through Diff EQ with just this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By KS_Coords on September 2, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Contrary to all the negative reviews I've seen about this book; they are wrong, this book is not bad at all. It probably isn't the best for absolute beginners, but if you give it a chance, it is a really good book. I refer to it every once in a while for clear explanations on ODEs (and it has an introduction to PDEs which is honestly probably best left to a PDE book). It is well organized and is written in a nice pedagogical style.

Diff EQ's 1 is a class that most noobs struggle at, just like Calc 2. I've seen hundreds of people struggle with this stuff, (most math and physics majors do just fine, and good engineering students do well, too) and I don't think they are that interested in the material. This stuff takes PRACTICE, and Boyce Diprima has good practice problems. I credit this book and my first Diff EQ teacher for giving me an excellent start in modeling. For the complainers: there are so many damn resources for learning this stuff you shouldn't been wasting your time writing a bad review, use the internet, or one of the thousands of other diff EQ books out there.

If your school/teacher has selected this book, do not be afraid. Instead, read the examples and do your homework, you can get good at setting up and solving these equations. The one area that I think this book is somewhat lacking (and where the teacher should pick up) is ensuring the student can set up ANY dynamical problem. Setting up a DE is more important than solving it. So, this book gets 4 stars because it is good, but lacks in the areas of teaching students a general approach to setting up DEs and it takes a little getting used to. But hey, diff EQs take a little getting used to!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Charles Cecil on July 16, 2013
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The examples in this book are terrible. They do the most basic and generic examples that often times only take a couple of lines of computations to complete. A lot of times they will make a big step from on line of computation to the next and give very little explaining as to what they did. The problems at the end of each section are much more complex and there is no where in the section that tells you how to solve these more complex examples. The in-section examples are of no help for this because of how easy they are, so you are basically given some VERY basic concepts on what to do and set on your own. At least all of the answers are in the back of the book. Basically, this book has been pretty useless to my understanding of diff eqs. I have learned pretty much everything from lecture.
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