Notes on Diffy Qs: Differential Equations for Engineers

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This book originated from my class notes for teaching Math 286 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Fall 2008 and Spring 2009. It is a first course on differential equations for
engineers. I also taught Math 285 at UIUC and Math 20D at UCSD using this book. The standard book at UIUC was Edwards and Penney, Differential Equations and Boundary Value Problems: Computing and Modeling [EP], fourth edition. The standard book at UCSD is Boyce and DiPrima’s Elementary Differential Equations and Boundary Value Problems [BD]. As the syllabus at UIUC was based on [EP], the early chapters in the book have some resemblance to [EP] in choice of material and its sequence, and examples used. Among other books I used as sources of information and inspiration are E.L. Ince’s classic (and inexpensive) Ordinary Differential Equations [I], Stanley
Farlow’s Differential Equations and Their Applications [F], now available from Dover, Berg and McGregor’s Elementary Partial Differential Equations [BM], and William Trench’s free book
Elementary Differential Equations with Boundary Value Problems [T]. See the Further Reading chapter at the end of the book.


Jiˇrí Lebl


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