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Need opinions on my Differential Eqations textbook

  1. Apr 15, 2007 #1
    I was wondering what you guys think of my textbook.
    My textbook is called:

    A First Course in Differential Eqations (Eight Edition)

    Author: Dennis G. Zill

    ISBN: 0534418783

    I have been using this book for my DE class, and I do not feel like I am really learning anything. This class is very different from my other math classes, I learn methods that I am not getting a solid explanations for. Most people I've gone for help that has taken this class before have forgotten most of the materials that has been tought in this class. I want to get the most out of my DE class, is there another book you guys suggest that will help me understand DE and not forget it?
    Last edited: Apr 15, 2007
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  3. Apr 15, 2007 #2


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    i liked martin braun, and guterman and nitecki, and v. arnol'd, and the great classic by harry pollack.

    there is a textbook recommendation thread here by the way.
  4. Apr 16, 2007 #3
    Also, another question, is the first differential equations course just a beginning course that does not go indepth? I just don't feel like I am learning anything or in other words getting any insights. Tell me your experience people.
  5. Apr 16, 2007 #4


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    I can relate to that, and I suggest you take a peek at V. Arnol'd's book.

    But I can't relate to

    We used the book by Boyce and DiPrima when I took the class. Maybe it will help you fix that problem.
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    Yeah -- I like (second) Boyce and DiPrima as a first text.
  7. Apr 16, 2007 #6
    My class uses Blanchard, Devaney, and Hall. It has been one of the easiest math classes I've ever taken. I don't know if this text is as advanced as texts other colleges might use, but apparently our professor taught this same course at a more pretigious university and my class is owning that class.
  8. Apr 17, 2007 #7


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    B, D and H is easy because they do not prove anything as i recall.
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