Incorporating an innovative modeling approach, this book for a one-semester differential equations course emphasizes conceptual understanding to help users relate information taught in the classroom to real-world experiences. Certain models reappear throughout the book as running themes to synthesize different concepts from multiple angles, and a dynamical systems focus emphasizes predicting the long-term behavior of these recurring models. Users will discover how to identify and harness the mathematics they will use in their careers, and apply it effectively outside the classroom.
A departure from the typical "cookbook" differential equations text, this book/CD-ROM package focuses on the formulation of differential equations and the interpretation of their solutions. To enhance understanding of solutions, equations are tackled from qualitative, numerical, geometric, and graphical perspectives. Other nontraditional features of the text include the incorporation of modeling throughout, and adoption of a dynamical systems perspective. The CD-ROM is new to this edition and contains demonstrations keyed to text exercises. It also includes computer-based tools for investigating the behavior of solutions of differential equations both numerically and graphically. Blanchard has taught college mathematics for 25 years. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)