Differential Equations With Boundary-value Problems: Non-infotrac Version
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"Zill and Cullen is exceptionally well laid-out, making it easy for students to follow, with good examples, summaries, and straightforward exposition. Definitions, theorems, proofs, etc, are also clearly stated. Important results are nicely highlighted. Excellent review exercises are provided, with fill-in the blank and t/f type questions, as well as problems." "The exercises are a strength, with graded level of difficulty, with a few challenging problems for more capable students. Skill and concepts are well balanced in the exercises, and there are sufficient numbers of each; there are appropriate applications, both classic and modern. There are new problems employing CAS as well as lab exercise. These are a real plus."
"I consider Zill's book to be extremely well written overall with an excellent and wide ranging selection of problems." "Overall, I am impressed with the quality of the writing, the examples and the exercises in both the early and the late chapters and find it appropriate for both weak and strong students." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
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, Winona, MN, in 1962. Dr. Zill is also former chair of the Mathematics Department at Loyola Marymount University. He is also the author or co-author of 13 texts in mathematics.
Professor Michael Cullen, late of Loyola Marymount University, was awarded the President's Fritz B. Burns Distinguished Teaching Award for Excellence in Teaching and Scholarship in 1999. Dr. Cullen received his Ph.D. in complex variables from the University of Iowa in 1968. He received his M.S. from the University of Iowa in 1967 and his B.S. from Loyola University of Los Angeles in 1965. His interest was in biomathematics. Dr. Cullen also authored two texts in mathematics: MATHEMATICS FOR THE BIOSCIENCES and LINEAR MODELS IN BIOLOGY.
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Also..I found more stuff in this book than in others. Fourier series are also treated, which some books leave out. In summary, a good book for those who are taking a class...or self study. Goes over material thoroughly. My lectures were horrible, and I did great in the class simply because this book did such a good job of explaining.
Why is it good? It explains things in clear language. The proofs are laid out clearly. There are lots of example problems with solutions. This was critical in the portion of the book where he explains how to solve d.e.'s with variable coefficients. The book makes differential equations look interesting, which is important to capture readers. Zill also has a calc book, and mygoodness, that book was sort of repulsive b/c of the 70's style printing and the nasty brown colors. Looks are always a big thing, back then and now.
I'm not sure how applicable this text is for hard-core math majors, but definitely, if you are in engineering and don't require any weird esoteric understanding of the proofs that math people might need, this is text worth referring to. I can't comment on the BVP, though... However, it helped me to earn an A+ at Cal that first semester as a freshman, so he must be doing something right.