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1. INTRODUCTION TO DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS Basic Definitions and Terminology / Some Mathematical Models / Review / Exercises 2. FIRST-ORDER DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS Preliminary Theory / Separable Variables / Homogeneous Equations / Exact Equations / Linear Equations / Equations of Bernoulli, Ricatti, and Clairaut / Substitutions / Picard's Method / Review / Exercises 3. APPLICATIONS OF FIRST-ORDER DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS Orthogonal Trajectories / Applications of Linear Equations / Applications of Nonlinear Equations / Review / Exercises / Essay: Population Dynamics 4. LINEAR DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS OF HIGHER-ORDER Preliminary Theory / Constructing a Second Solution from a Know Solution / Homogeneous Linear Equations with Constant Coefficients / Undetermined Coefficients: Superposition Approach / Differential Operators / Undetermined Coefficients: Annihilator Approach / Variation of Parameters / Review / Exercises / Essay: Chaos 5. APPLICATIONS OF SECOND-ORDER DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS: VIBRATIONAL MODELS Simple Harmonic Motion / Damped Motion / Forced Motion / Electric Circuits and Other Analogous Systems / Review / Exercises / Essay: Tacoma Narrows Suspension Bridge Collapse 6. DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS WITH VARIABLE COEFFICIENTS Cauchy-Euler Equation / Review of Power Series; Power Series Solutions / Solutions About Ordinary Points / Solutions About Singular Points / Two Special Equations / Review / Exercises 7. LAPLACE TRANSFORM Laplace Transform / Inverse Transform / Translation Theorems and Derivatives of a Transform / Transforms of Derivatives, Integrals, and Periodic Functions / Applications / Dirac Delta Function / Review / Exercises 8. SYSTEMS OF LINEAR DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS Operator Method / Laplace Transform Method / Systems of Linear First-Order Equations / Introduction to Matrices / Matrices and Systems of Linear First-Order Equations / Homogeneous Linear Systems / Undetermined Coefficients / Variation of Parameters / Matrix Exponential / Review / Exercises 9. NUMERICAL METHODS FOR ORDINARY DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS Direction Fields / The Euler Methods / The Three-Term Taylor Method / The Runge-Kutta Methods / Multistep Methods / Errors and Stability / Higher-Order Equations and Systems / Second-Order Boundary-Value Problems / Review / Exercises / Essay: Nerve Impulse Models / APPENDIX I: GAMMA FUNCTION / APPENDIX II: LAPLACE TRANSFORMS / APPENDIX III: REVIEW OF DETERMINANTS / APPENDIX IV: COMPLEX NUMBERS / ANSWERS TO ODD-NUMBERED PROBLEMS
Dennis G. Zill is professor of mathematics at Loyola Marymount University. His interests are in applied mathematics, special functions, and integral transforms. Dr. Zill received his Ph.D. in applied mathematics and his M.S. from Iowa State University in 1967 and 1964, respectively. He received his B.A. from St. Mary's in Winona, Minnesota, in 1962. Dr. Zill also is former chair of the Mathematics Department at Loyola Marymount University. He is the author or co-author of 13 mathematics texts.