By J. David Logan (auth.)

The 3rd version of this concise, renowned textbook on straight forward differential equations provides teachers a substitute for the numerous voluminous texts out there. It provides a radical remedy of the traditional subject matters in an available, easy-to-read, layout. The overarching standpoint of the textual content conveys that *differential equations are approximately applications*. This booklet illuminates the mathematical concept within the textual content with a wide selection of purposes that may attract scholars in physics, engineering, the biosciences, economics and arithmetic. teachers tend to locate that the 1st 4 or 5 chapters are compatible for a primary path within the subject.

This variation incorporates a fit bring up over previous variations within the variety of labored examples and workouts, rather these regimen in nature. appendices comprise a assessment with perform difficulties, and a MATLAB® complement that offers simple codes and instructions for fixing differential equations. MATLAB® isn't required; scholars are inspired to make use of to be had software program to devise lots of their ideas. recommendations to even-numbered difficulties can be found on springer.com.

**From the experiences of the second one edition:**

“The insurance of linear structures within the airplane is well precise and illustrated. …Simple numerical tools are illustrated and using Maple and MATLAB is inspired. …select Dave Logan’s new and more advantageous textual content for my course.”

—Robert E. O’Malley, Jr., **SIAM Review**, Vol. fifty three (2), 2011

“Aims to supply fabric for a one-semester direction that emphasizes the elemental rules, resolution equipment, and an advent to modeling. …The e-book that effects bargains a concise advent to the topic for college students of arithmetic, technological know-how and engineering who've accomplished the introductory calculus series. …This e-book is worthy a cautious glance as a candidate textual content for the subsequent differential equations path you teach.”

—William J. Satzer, **MAA Reviews**, January, 2011

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