I am looking for a book on differential equations (ordinary/partial) of a particular kind. I figure out I am terrible at solving differential equations. This a vast field and unfortunately I don't really have time to study that in depth now. And the terrible thing is that I forget everything very quickly. The dream book right now would be :

  • I encounter a differential equation to solve.
  • Most of time, the resolution is simple but still, I fail.
  • I open the book where tens of typical equations are solved, possibly with different techniques. Techniques should be emphasized more than theory.
  • When I forget one resolution, I can easily find back in the book how to tackle it again.

This way I am hoping learn and get used progressively to the most common equations I am facing in my work (wave propagation, diffusion, reaction rates...)

Thank you for your recommendation.

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    $\begingroup$ this book, it sounds like the MSE :) $\endgroup$ Commented Sep 22, 2014 at 20:04
  • $\begingroup$ Sorry? Googling MSE doesn't help much. $\endgroup$
    – David
    Commented Sep 23, 2014 at 9:41
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    $\begingroup$ I've never used it, but it sounds like Schaum's Outline of Differential Equations might be what you are looking for. $\endgroup$
    – J W
    Commented Sep 23, 2014 at 10:08
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    $\begingroup$ @David In reference to James Cook's comment: math.stackexchange.com $\endgroup$ Commented Sep 23, 2014 at 12:57
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    $\begingroup$ There is software which computes most of the solutions to diff EQs which people can compute by hand. For example, wolframalpha.com/widgets/… $\endgroup$ Commented Sep 23, 2014 at 14:10

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You can try this pdf book for differential equations . https://www.math.ust.hk/~machas/differential-equations.pdf. It has also the important formulas and questions with examples.


For basics: A Course in Ordinary Differential Equations - Bindhyachal Rai, ‎D. P. Choudhury, ‎Herbert I. Freedman

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    $\begingroup$ Can you describe how this book meets the OP's requirements? They asked for a specific kind of a DE book. $\endgroup$ Commented Dec 22, 2015 at 8:22
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    $\begingroup$ Which edition do you mean: the first or the second? The first has a good 3.7 out of 5 stars at Amazon.com, but the second edition has a poor 2 out of 5. $\endgroup$ Commented Dec 22, 2015 at 18:30
  • $\begingroup$ ISBN: 0849309921. don't know about first or second edition. Please help yourself. $\endgroup$
    – Divyek
    Commented Dec 23, 2015 at 6:10

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