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5.0 out of 5 stars A rare gem
Partial differential equations can be obscure, and are often not dealt with at all at the undergraduate level. Assuming only a reasonable familiarity with calculus and ordinary differential equations, this book is extraordinarily clear and even enjoyable. Divided into neat, digestible segments suitable for self-study, I found it a very useful introduction to PDE's,...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Too Supeficial
It never gets into the details of the matters. It gives just some examples. Not reccommended at all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A rare gem, May 25 2000
This review is from: Partial Differential Equations for Scientists and Engineers (Paperback)
Partial differential equations can be obscure, and are often not dealt with at all at the undergraduate level. Assuming only a reasonable familiarity with calculus and ordinary differential equations, this book is extraordinarily clear and even enjoyable. Divided into neat, digestible segments suitable for self-study, I found it a very useful introduction to PDE's, covering a very broad range of topics and examples. My only suggestion for improvement would be a more up-to-date review of numeric methods using a computer algebra system. Nonetheless, even this section (examples intended to be worked by hand) is very clear and makes alternate texts much easier to absorb. I would recommend it to anyone wishing to be more comfortable with PDEs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for all those who hate PDE's, May 6 1998
This review is from: Partial Differential Equations for Scientists and Engineers (Paperback)
We all had to go through the drudgery of PDE's in undergraduate courses and except if you're a math major your knowledge of the methods of solution will probably stop at separation of variables, Laplace transform and D'Alembert. This book is an excellent review of a host of methods for solution but what is more important is the physical interpretation of the PDE's the author insists on. Most of the physical examples are drawn from the fields of heat and mechanics but they can be easily applied to electromagnetic and semiconductor charge transport problems. Every aspiring senior in an engineering discipline should study this book for his own good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The bare essentials about PDEs, Oct. 30 2001
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Leopoldo Farias (Caracas, Venezuela) - See all my reviews
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This is a excellent reference for those interested only in solving PDEs without getting lost with their intimacies. I widely recommended it, for me has been quite useful. This an example of a simple treatment of a very complex subject.
Excelente libro para aquellos que requieran resolver ecuaciones diferenciales parciales sin que por ello estén dispuestos a leer capítulos enteros de fórmulas y procedimientos intrincados. Este es el libro más concreto y completo de ecuaciones diferenciales parciales que yo he leido alguna vez. Altamente Recomendable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars By far the best INTRODUCTORY text on the subject, Sept. 22 2002
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As the title implies, this book is not intended to mathematicians, although it could finely serve as additional text for them, too. On the other hand it is excellent as an itroductory overview of the types of PDE's met and the methods used for their solution. There are references to more advanced texts for the interested, excercises in each chapter and, most importantly, nice, qualitative remarks on the properties of mathematical tools (like Fourier and Laplace transform) which help the reader to comprehend them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing is better than CAPTAIN CRUNCH, Sept. 5 2000
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Before you read this book: Read up to page 200 or so of "fourier series" by Georgi P. Tolstov. Learn a basic to moderate amount of Ordinary differential equations and a large helping of single varible calculus and a little multivariate calculus. (A small amount of physics may help too).After that this books becomes the most clear and overall well written book on the introduction of partial differential equations EVER!
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5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING!!, Feb. 28 2001
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the subject of PDE's looks vague and scary for most students, even for those with math background.This book is probably the best education, self-study material available for the subject.It covers all the important aspects with very clear explanations .I bought it as a secondary book for my PDE course based on the amazon's reviews and it was really a very nice experience. Worth more than... and highly recommended
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5.0 out of 5 stars Opens vistas to the non-initated pde enthusiast.., Nov. 25 1998
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Briefly, I found Farlow very acessible and at times amazingly clear in his exposition of the fundamentals of pde. His analysis of the 1-D heat equation with natural bcs; second derivative in space with clamped conditions leading to periodic functions and first order derivative of temp w.r.t to time leading to an exponentially decaying solution. Super job!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Too Supeficial, May 2 2002
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It never gets into the details of the matters. It gives just some examples. Not reccommended at all.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good, May 8 2003
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Unbeatable as far as breadth. Covers a lot of ground, conceptually it's extremely well organized, and the explanations are very easy to follow. This text is ideal for self-study.
The two major shortcomings are (1) slight lack of depth and (2) the exercises, which are far too few and far too simple.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must have... can be used as a reference, July 9 2014
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This book is great. I have read few books on the subject and this one contains a surprisingly large amount of information which is presented in a down to ear way. It uses real physic examples so that the reader can develop a feeling of the maths involved. It is very oriented for class and teaching. The notation follows perfectly common standards and is coherent. For the price, this book is a must have and can be used for reference.
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