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Elementary Differential Equations with Boundary Value Problems

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William F. Trench, Trinity University

Pub Date: 2013

Publisher: Independent

Language: English

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Reviewed by Mau Nam Nguyen, Associate Professor, Portland State University on 4/15/19

With 13 chapters covering standard topics of elementary differential equations and boundary value problems, this book contains all materials you need for a first course in differential equations. Given the length of the book with 797 pages, the... read more


Reviewed by John Iskra, Assistant Professor, Emory and Henry College on 4/11/19

I'm going to hedge this review by confessing that I am not a specialist, either by training or by inclination, in differential equations. I know the subject well enough to teach it well to undergraduates, but I don't consider myself to say... read more


Reviewed by Brian Burns, Associate Professor, Thomas Nelson Community College on 2/23/19

This a complete book for an introductory differential equations course. It has everything you want and more. read more


Reviewed by Vicki Sealey, Associate Professor, West Virginia University on 6/19/18

The text adequately covers the topics expected in an introduction to differential equations textbook. It seems to be quite comparable to other intro to ODE books that I've seen (ones that students pay a lot of money to use). A couple of... read more


Reviewed by Keith Stroyan, Professor, University of Iowa on 1/7/16

The text gives a very thorough treatment of the topics in a traditional beginning course in ODE. read more


Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: First Order Equations

Chapter 3: Numerical Methods

Chapter 4: Applications of First Order Equations

Chapter 5: Linear Second Order Equations

Chapter 6: Applications of Linear Second Order Equations

Chapter 7: Series Solutions of Linear Second Order Equations

Chapter 8: Laplace Transforms

Chapter 9: Linear Higher Order Equations

Chapter 10: Linear Systems of Differential Equations

Chapter 11: Boundary Value Problems and Fourier Expansions

Chapter 12: Fourier Solutions of Partial Differential Equations

Chapter 13: Boundary Value Problems for Second Order Linear Equations

About the Book

Elementary Differential Equations with Boundary Value Problems is written for students in science, engineering, and mathematics who have completed calculus through partial differentiation.

  • An elementary text should be written so the student can read it with comprehension without too much pain. I have tried to put myself in the student's place, and have chosen to err on the side of too much detail rather than not enough.
  • An elementary text can't be better than its exercises. This text includes 1695 numbered exercises, many with several parts. They range in difficulty from routine to very challenging.
  • An elementary text should be written in an informal but mathematically accurate way, illustrated by appropriate graphics. I have tried to formulate mathematical concepts succinctly in language that students can understand. I have minimized the number of explicitly stated theorems and definitions, preferring to deal with concepts in a more conversational way, copiously illustrated by 250 completely worked out examples. Where appropriate, concepts and results are depicted in 144 figures.

Although I believe that the computer is an immensely valuable tool for learning, doing, and writing mathematics, the selection and treatment of topics in this text reflects my pedagogical orientation along traditional lines. However, I have incorporated what I believe to be the best use of modern technology, so you can select the level of technology that you want to include in your course. The text includes 336 exercises – identified by the symbols C and C/G – that call for graphics or computation and graphics. There are also 73 laboratory exercises – identified by L – that require extensive use of technology. In addition, several sections include informal advice on the use of technology. If you prefer not to emphasize technology, simply ignore these exercises and the advice.

About the Contributors


William F. Trench, PhD. Andrew G. Cowles Distinguished Professor, Trinity University (Retired).