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The CLASSIC EDITION of Zill's respected book was designed for instructors who prefer not to emphasize technology, modeling, and applications, but instead want to focus on fundamental theory and techniques. Zill's CLASSIC EDITION, a reissue of the fifth edition, offers his excellent writing style, a flexible organization, an accessible level of presentation, and a wide variety of examples and exercises, all of which make it easy to teach from and easy for readers to understand and use.
An undergraduate text covering first-order and higher-order differential equations, series solutions of linear equations, the Laplace transform, systems of linear first-order differential equations, and numerical solutions of ordinary differential equations. This edition has a clearer delineation to the three major approaches to differential equations: analytical, qualitative, and numerical. It includes new problems that call for the use of a computer algebra system, new conceptual and discussion problems, and new project modules. The author is affiliated with Loyola Marymount University. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Dennis G. Zill is professor of mathematics at Loyola Marymount University. His interests are in applied mathematics, special functions, and integral transforms. Dr. Zill received his Ph.D. in applied mathematics and his M.S. from Iowa State University in 1967 and 1964, respectively. He received his B.A. from St. Mary's in Winona, Minnesota, in 1962. Dr. Zill also is former chair of the Mathematics Department at Loyola Marymount University. He is the author or co-author of 13 mathematics texts.
I used this textbook for my undergraduate differential equations course. As an engineering major, this course was required. I had an amazing time with this book. If you have a solid foundation in math (more notably calculus I, II, and III) you should be able to grasp the concepts right away. I can honestly say that I could have learned ODE with this textbook by itself, I didn't really have to go to class. That's how well written this book is. I also like how this edition has essays written by mathematicians in their respective fields. The essays are about how the concepts of that chapter are applied to the real world... very interesting material. If you're a math major and looking for a more rigorous book, check Dennis G. Zill's Differential Equations with Boundary-Value Problems.
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