The fun and easy way to understand and solve complex equations. Many of the fundamental laws of physics, chemistry, biology, and economics can be formulated as differential equations. This plain-English guide explores the many applications of this mathematical tool and shows how differential equations can help us understand the world around us. Differential Equations For Dummies is the perfect companion for a college differential equations course and is an ideal supplemental resource for other calculus classes as well as science and engineering courses. It offers step-by-step techniques, practical tips, numerous exercises, and clear, concise examples to help readers improve their differential equation-solving skills and boost their test scores. Steven Holzner, PhD (Ithaca, NY), is the author of Physics For Dummies (978-0-7645-5433-9) and Physics Workbook For Dummies (978-0-470-16909-4). He taught physics at Cornell for over ten years and has written more than 95 books about programming.
An Author that Truly Understands Keeping It Simple
By Terrance R. Banach "Terry the book addict" - July 14, 2008
Steven Holzner can truly make differential equations understood on a basic level. The author has an ability to keep you interested by keeeping the text light and easy to comprehend. He seems to understand what gives the typical student of diff-e-q difficulties and show a clean path right through these areas. Great book with simple answers to some of my past misunderstood solutions in differential equations.
By Dimitri Shvorob - June 30, 2009
Hopefully, nobody expects this Dummies book to match a $40+ college ODE textbook, not to mention a more advanced tome; my own expectations were modest, and the book was a pleasant surprise. I think it's not a bad idea to start one's study of ODE here; discussion of numerical methods in particular is a plus. (The small minuses are the sketchy discussion of the integrating- factor trick, and the derailed-by-typo solution on p. 111).
I'm not sure why you would want this
By Michael Dunipace - June 30, 2009
After having read the whole book, I must admit that it would be difficult for me to explain who would really want to read it. Not that it is a bad book. It covers some of the subjects you would get in a standard beginning Diff Eq class in college, but (as the title implies) just cannot do an adequate job given the size that it is. There is a reason that standard texts are as large as they are. And it has more typos than I would like, but again not so many as to be enough to stop reading it.
The real problem is with the subject matter itself. Writing a book for Diff Eq is not like writing "Golf for Dummies" or "Ebay for Dummies". Many topics that you don't know much about can be introduced in a light-hearted way with clear explanations and after a couple hundred pages and a few hours you can put the info to good use. This topic just isn't like that, in my opinion. You just can't get a lot out of a Diff Eq course without a fairly solid understanding of algebra and... read more