Lebl, Jiri. 2014. Notes on Diffy Qs: Differential Equations for Engineers.

By Brian Winkel


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Author: Lebl, Jiri


Date of Publication:  2007.


Title: Notes on Diffy Qs:  Differential Equations for Engineers

Location: http://www.jirka.org/diffyqs/.

Accessed 16 August 2016.

There is a pdf and html version of the text as well as a purchasable paperback version. The text has pretty much all the basics, but has only a few exercises and there is very little modeling. However, the sections on second order differential equations do consider frequency response issues.  The author claims, “The book has been selected as an Approved Textbook in the American Institute of Mathematics Open Textbook Initiative.”

The author says,

“A one semester first course on differential equations, aimed at engineering students. Prerequisite for the course is the basic calculus sequence. This free online book (e-book in webspeak) should be usable as a stand-alone textbook or as a companion to a course using another book such as Edwards and Penney, Differential Equations and Boundary Value Problems: Computing and Modeling or Boyce and DiPrima, Elementary Differential Equations and Boundary Value Problems (section correspondence to these two is given). I developed and used these notes to teach Math 286/285 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (one is a 4-day-a-week, the other a 3-day-a-week semester-long course).”

Several members of the SIMIODE community (John Thoo, Yuba College, and Dina Yagodich, Frederick Community College) have used this text and found the material to be quite good. Moreover, the author is quite responsive to questions and correspondence.

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