what is a good book to learn first order differential equations ??
MidgetDwarf, what are the topics that you found lacking in the book by Simmons?Ross: Differential Equations
Maurris Terrabaun (Not sure how this is spelled): It is a dover title.
Zill or Boyce/Prima: These are the standard textbooks used at universities. Generic, but get the job done.
I would purchase Ross and supplement it with either Boyce/Prima or Zill.
The Terrabaun book is also nice, but for some reason I prefer Ross.
My only complaint with Ross, is that the operator method section can be hard to read for some people. A few of my friends found that section to be incoherent. I found it readable. Laplace Transform is explained well, but Zill gives a bit more explanation. That is the only thing I liked about ZIll.
Zill/Boyce have harder plug and chug problems.
The book by Simmons: Differential Equations with Applications and Historical Notes, is also nice. I found it to concise for my needs. Lots of thinking problems. It is an interesting read, like all of Simmons books. Found the coverage lacking.