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Applied Partial Differential Equations with Fourier Series and Boundary Value Problems, Books a la Carte (5th Edition) 5th Edition

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About the Author

Stephen L. Campbell is professor of mathematics and director of the graduate program in mathematics at North Carolina State University. Richard Haberman is professor of mathematics at Southern Methodist University. Campbell and Haberman are prolific researchers in applied mathematics and the authors of a number of textbooks.
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Product Details

  • Loose Leaf: 756 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 5 edition (September 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 032179706X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321797063
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.6 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #511,683 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Great for self-study. There are a lot of words, but it is a textbook. There are no wasted words. Each step being taken is fully explained and reasoned so that the process can be applied to the exercises. Definitely unusual for a mathematics text, but excellent for help solving PDEs.

I used this text in an introductory PDE class, a requirement for engineers. Will be looking to take a more advanced class on the subject.

One of the textbooks I bought after renting.
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This book presents a clear and concise development of Partial Differential Equations (PDEs) based on physical applications. It only assumes a basic knowledge of ordinary differential equations and physics. The text is developed clearly but still rigorous enough for both math and physics students, with only a few lengthy derivations omitted for length. This is an excellent first textbook on PDEs for advanced undergraduates or beginning graduate students.
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A very poorly organized book. It started introducing and solving the PDE from an example of physics in certain conditions, which made the theorems regarding to PDE not systematic at all. It might be a decent book of introduction for students in non-relevant majors to PDE such as education and medical study, but it is certainly not a proper choice for math and physics students who plan to build a solid understanding on partial differential equation.
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Overall the book is very disorganized and difficult to follow. A lot of other reviewers seem to like the "wordiness" of the book, but I found it to be excessive which added to the disorganization. More often than not the problems at the end of each section are dissimilar from the content of that section or completely unlike any of the examples in that section. In general a very frustrating textbook to use and I would recommend looking elsewhere.
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Took the class from the 4th edition. Graded from the 5th edition two years later.

Not sure I can recommend this book except to a sophomore-junior who has had little-to-no exposure to PDEs. Might work as a good self-study for the interested physics/engineering student; math folk will despise this book for its lack of rigour (its definitlety NOT the definition, theorem, proof, corollary, lemma, theorem... format).

Major Complaint: Too many words...whats up with that? I feel like a derivation can be made with SHORT interspersed comments. Can help but feel that the comments are a dialogue of what the author tells his students when he is lecturing. Could easily be made into a 150 page book. But then again that is the way the modern textbooks published.

Green's Function section is atrocious and not organized at all. If you refuse to explain a topic in a logical, concise (yet complete) sequence the interest of the reader will be quickly lost and/or disinterested.

Another complaint - Development of a solution to the vibration of the circular drumhead. Not sure why the author felt the need to show the asymptotic solution prior to the full solution. This approach very much detracts from a logical development. Solve the problem THEN examine the limiting cases.

Who needs 400+ pages on separation of variables? Work a couple of nice 1-D cases to justify your cases then show some cylindrical and spherical problems and be done with it! I got the feeling the author wasn't writing a math text but rather another poorly written engineering text.

Would suggest to the reader of this review to start with Farlow's Partial Differential Equations for Scientists and Engineers (cheap) or Sommerfield's Partial Differential Equations of Physics (well written).
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Decent book, a bit light on examples though
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book is alright
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