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PDE Textbooks for Undergraduates

  1. Jan 10, 2012 #1
    Hello all,

    I will be enrolled in an undergraduate course on partial differential equations. I was hoping a few of you might be able to recommend, in your opinions, the best textbook for the subject at an undergraduate level since I'd like to have a second source outside of my instructor's textbook. I'd appreciate it!
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  3. Jan 10, 2012 #2
    This is the book we use at our school:


    Here is a good one from dover: ( this one is a little more advanced, in the sense that more mathematical maturity is probably needed )

  4. Jan 11, 2012 #3
  5. Jan 12, 2012 #4
    Boyce and Diprima: ODE's, intro to PDE's. I liked it very much
    Strauss: Linear PDE's, intro to nonlinear PDE's. Very thorough book.

    For additional reading, check out Peter Olver's website:
    He has an online introduction to PDE's:

    http://www.math.umn.edu/~olver/pdn.html [Broken]
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  6. Jan 14, 2012 #5
  7. Jan 28, 2012 #6
    I'm in a similar situation. My prof. recommended Strauss, but I'm broke... I can't find it for less than $60 used. My prof. gives really good notes, but I may get Strauss's book for longevity.

    Are there any other books similar to Strauss's? Boyce & Diprima seems to be an ODE book with maybe some PDE. If Strauss is the best (I'm a double major physics and math so I don't mind a lot of talk about sets and open balls), I'll save up for it.
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