Combining traditional material with a modern systems approach, this handbook provides a thorough introduction to differential equations, tempering its classic "pure math" approach with more practical applied aspects. Features up-to-date coverage of key topics such as first order equations, matrix algebra, systems, and phase plane portraits. Illustrates complex concepts through extensive detailed figures. Focuses on interpreting and solving problems through optional technology projects. For anyone interested in learning more about differential equations.
This textbook brings to students the expanded outlook that modern developments in differential equations require, together with the use of technology. Striking a balance between the traditional and the modern, Polking (Rice U.), Albert Boggess (Texas A&M U.) and David Arnold (College of the Redwoods) offer flexibility of the use and technology as well as applications not only to the physical sciences and engineering, but also to the biological sciences. The ten chapters cover introductory material; first and second order equations; modeling and applications; the Laplace transform; numerical methods; matrix algebra; an introduction to systems; linear systems with constant coefficients; and nonlinear systems. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)