Differential Equations For Dummies

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The fun and easy way to understand and solve complex equations

Many of the fundamental laws of physics, chemistry, biology, and economics can be formulated as differential equations. This plain-English guide explores the many applications of this mathematical tool and shows how differential equations can help us understand the world around us. Differential Equations For Dummies is the perfect companion for a college differential equations course and is an ideal supplemental ...

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Overview

The fun and easy way to understand and solve complex equations

Many of the fundamental laws of physics, chemistry, biology, and economics can be formulated as differential equations. This plain-English guide explores the many applications of this mathematical tool and shows how differential equations can help us understand the world around us. Differential Equations For Dummies is the perfect companion for a college differential equations course and is an ideal supplemental resource for other calculus classes as well as science and engineering courses. It offers step-by-step techniques, practical tips, numerous exercises, and clear, concise examples to help readers improve their differential equation-solving skills and boost their test scores.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470178140
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 6/3/2008
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 360
  • Sales rank: 379,632
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Steven Holzner is an award-winning author of science, math, and technical books. He got his training in differential equations at MIT and at Cornell University, where he got his PhD. He has been on the faculty at both MIT and Cornell University, and has written such bestsellers as Physics For Dummies and Physics Workbook For Dummies.
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Table of Contents

Introduction.

Part I: Focusing on First Order Differential Equations.

Chapter 1: Welcome to the World of Differential Equations.

Chapter 2: Looking at Linear First Order Differential Equations.

Chapter 3: Sorting Out Separable First Order Differential Equations.

Chapter 4: Exploring Exact First Order Differential Equations and Euler’s Method.

Part II: Surveying Second and Higher Order Differential Equations.

Chapter 5: Examining Second Order Linear Homogeneous Differential Equations.

Chapter 6: Studying Second Order Linear Nonhomogeneous Differential Equations.

Chapter 7: Handling Higher Order Linear Homogeneous Differential Equations.

Chapter 8: Taking On Higher Order Linear Nonhomogeneous Differential Equations.

Part III: The Power Stuff: Advanced Techniques.

Chapter 9: Getting Serious with Power Series and Ordinary Points.

Chapter 10: Powering through Singular Points.

Chapter 11: Working with Laplace Transforms.

Chapter 12: Tackling Systems of First Order Linear Differential Equations.

Chapter 13: Discovering Three Fail-Proof Numerical Methods.

Part IV: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 14: Ten Super-Helpful Online Differential Equation Tutorials.

Chapter 15: Ten Really Cool Online Differential Equation Solving Tools.

Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2010

    worthless

    the steps to solving the equation are left a mystery. variables randomly change with no explanation of any sort, they just change and you are left wondering, why? how? what law does this follow? am I integrating? This is a quick refresher for me, but I would recommend anything other than this book. It's a confusing jumble that does no better than a text book from the beginning through to the end. I'm not a critical person who looks for faults, in fact I usually look for at least something redeemable in everything and I can honestly say that this book is a waste of time and money.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2015

    Worthless. I got more out of my differential text book of 40 yea

    Worthless.
    I got more out of my differential text book of 40 years ago.
    This book was a waste of time.
    It's the only book that can remember throwing in the garbage.

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