Partial Differential Equations for Scientists and Engineers

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Most physical phenomena, whether in the domain of fluid dynamics, electricity, magnetism, mechanics, optics, or heat flow, can be described in general by partial differential equations. Indeed, such equations are crucial to mathematical physics. Although simplifications can be made that reduce these equations to ordinary differential equations, nevertheless the complete description of physical systems resides in the general area of partial differential equations.
This highly useful text shows the reader how to formulate a partial differential equation from the physical problem (constructing the mathematical model) and how to solve the equation (along with initial and boundary conditions). Written for advanced undergraduate and graduate students, as well as professionals working in the applied sciences, this clearly written book offers realistic, practical coverage of diffusion-type problems, hyperbolic-type problems, elliptic-type problems, and numerical and approximate methods. Each chapter contains a selection of relevant problems (answers are provided) and suggestions for further reading.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780486676203
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 9/1/1993
  • Series: Dover Books on Mathematics Series
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Pages: 414
  • Sales rank: 211,398
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Partial Differential Equations & Beyond
Stanley J. Farlow's Partial Differential Equations for Scientists and Engineers is one of the most widely used textbooks that Dover has ever published. Readers of the many Amazon reviews will easily find out why. Jerry, as Professor Farlow is known to the mathematical community, has written many other fine texts — on calculus, finite mathematics, modeling, and other topics. We followed up the 1993 Dover edition of the partial differential equations title in 2006 with a new edition of his An Introduction to Differential Equations and Their Applications. Readers who wonder if mathematicians have a sense of humor might search the internet for a copy of Jerry's The Girl Who Ate Equations for Breakfast (Aardvark Press, 1998).

Critical Acclaim for Partial Differential Equations for Scientists and Engineers:
"This book is primarily intended for students in areas other than mathematics who are studying partial differential equations at the undergraduate level. The book is unusual in that the material is organized into 47 semi-independent lessonsrather than the more usual chapter-by-chapter approach.

"An appealing feature of the book is the way in which the purpose of each lesson is clearly stated at the outset while the student will find the problems placed at the end of each lesson particularly helpful. The first appendix consists of integral transform tables whereas the second is in the form of a crossword puzzle which the diligent student should be able to complete after a thorough reading of the text.

"Students (and teachers) in this area will find the book useful as the subject matter is clearly explained. The author and publishers are to be complimented for the quality of presentation of the material." — K. Morgan, University College, Swansea

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction
  Lesson 1. Introduction to Partial Differential Equations
2. Diffusion-Type Problems
  Lesson 2. Diffusion-Type Problems (Parabolic Equations)
  Lesson 3. Boundary Conditions for Diffusion-Type Problems
  Lesson 4. Derivation of the Heat Equation
  Lesson 5. Separation of Variables
  Lesson 6. Transforming Nonhomogeneous BCs into Homogeneous Ones
  Lesson 7. Solving More Complicated Problems by Separation of Variables
  Lesson 8. Transforming Hard Equations into Easier Ones
  Lesson 9. Solving Nonhomogeneous PDEs (Eigenfunction Expansions)
  Lesson 10. Integral Transforms (Sine and Cosine Transforms)
  Lesson 11. The Fourier Series and Transform
  Lesson 12. The Fourier Transform and its Application to PDEs
  Lesson 13. The Laplace Transform
  Lesson 14. Duhamel's Principle
  Lesson 15. The Convection Term u subscript x in Diffusion Problems
3. Hyperbolic-Type Problems
  Lesson 16. The One Dimensional Wave Equation (Hyperbolic Equations)
  Lesson 17. The D'Alembert Solution of the Wave Equation
  Lesson 18. More on the D'Alembert Solution
  Lesson 19. Boundary Conditions Associated with the Wave Equation
  Lesson 20. The Finite Vibrating String (Standing Waves)
  Lesson 21. The Vibrating Beam (Fourth-Order PDE)
  Lesson 22. Dimensionless Problems
  Lesson 23. Classification of PDEs (Canonical Form of the Hyperbolic Equation)
  Lesson 24. The Wave Equation in Two and Three Dimensions (Free Space)
  Lesson 25. The Finite Fourier Transforms (Sine and Cosine Transforms)
  Lesson 26. Superposition (The Backbone of Linear Systems)
  Lesson 27. First-Order Equations (Method of Characteristics)
  Lesson 28. Nonlinear First-Order Equations (Conservation Equations)
  Lesson 29. Systems of PDEs
  Lesson 30. The Vibrating Drumhead (Wave Equation in Polar Coordinates)
4. Elliptic-Type Problems
  Lesson 31. The Laplacian (an intuitive description)
  Lesson 32. General Nature of Boundary-Value Problems
  Lesson 33. Interior Dirichlet Problem for a Circle
  Lesson 34. The Dirichlet Problem in an Annulus
  Lesson 35. Laplace's Equation in Spherical Coordinates (Spherical Harmonics)
  Lesson 36. A Nonhomogeneous Dirichlet Problem (Green's Functions)
5. Numerical and Approximate Methods
  Lesson 37. Numerical Solutions (Elliptic Problems)
  Lesson 38. An Explicit Finite-Difference Method
  Lesson 39. An Implicit Finite-Difference Method (Crank-Nicolson Method)
  Lesson 40. Analytic versus Numerical Solutions
  Lesson 41. Classification of PDEs (Parabolic and Elliptic Equations)
  Lesson 42. Monte Carlo Methods (An Introduction)
  Lesson 43. Monte Carlo Solutions of Partial Differential Equations)
  Lesson 44. Calculus of Variations (Euler-Lagrange Equations)
  Lesson 45. Variational Methods for Solving PDEs (Method of Ritz)
  Lesson 46. Perturbation method for Solving PDEs
  Lesson 47. Conformal-Mapping Solution of PDEs
  Answers to Selected Problems
Appendix 1. Integral Transform Tables
Appendix 2. PDE Crossword Puzzle
Appendix 3. Laplacian in Different Coordinate Systems
Appendix 4. Types of Partial Differential Equations
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2001

    What your instructor is too smart to teach

    This PDE book is definitely a better alternative to an undergrad engineering student than a text book. The author gives you a step by step understanding in simple terms, instead of having your instructor confuse you. It gives good examples that are worked out with the solutions. Overall I thought it was definitely worth the $11 spent. I wish I hadn't bought my class textbook($65), and got this one instead.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2000

    Need help with PDE's? Here it is.

    This is a marvellous aid for those of us who know a little bit about PDEs, but cannot keep the many kinds disparate solution methods organized. Farlow has written a highly structured reference that shows how to classify and solve many of the most important PDEs that arise in physical science and engineering. This book gives great physical insight, and practical advice. Nevertheless, it is probably not the ideal introductory text in that deep, mathematical detail is avoided. What Farlow has provided is a near essential source for later years when those details have become clouded and are not so relevent.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2002

    An Excellent Resource Everyone Should Own

    This book is incredible. It walks through the basics and it covers the entire subject at a nice pace.

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