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Differential Equations and Linear Algebra

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By Gilbert Strang


2014 / 512 pages / Hardcover / ISBN: 978-09802327-9-0 / List Price $87.50 / SIAM Member Price $61.25 / Order Code WC13

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Differential equations and linear algebra are the two crucial courses in undergraduate mathematics. This new textbook develops those subjects separately and together. The complete book is a year’s course, including Fourier and Laplace transforms, plus the Fast Fourier Transform and Singular Value Decomposition.

Undergraduate students in courses covering differential equations and linear algebra, either separately or together, will find this material essential to their understanding.

Preface; 1: First Order Equations; 1.1: Four Examples: Linear versus Nonlinear; 1.2: The Calculus you Need; 1.3: The Exponentials et and eat; 1.4: Four Particular Solutions; 1.5: Real and Complex Sinusoids; 1.6: Models of Growth and Decay; 1.7: The Logistic Equation; 1.8: Separable Equations and Exact Equations; 2: Second Order Equations; 2.1: Second Derivatives in Science and Engineering; 2.2: Key Facts About Complex Numbers; 2.3: Constant Coefficients A, B, C; 2.4: Forced Oscillations and Exponential Response; 2.5: Electrical Networks and Mechanical Systems; 2.6: Solutions to Second Order Equations; 2.7: Laplace Transforms Y(s) and F(s); 3: Graphical and Numerical Methods; 3.1: Nonlinear Equations yt = f(t,y); 3.2: Sources, Sinks, Saddles, and Spirals; 3.3:Linearization and Stability in 2D and 3D; 3.4: The Basic Euler Methods; 3.5: Higher Accuracy with Runge-Kutta; 4: Linear Equations and Inverse Matrices; 4.1: Two Pictures of Linear Equations; 4.2: Solving Linear Equations by Elimination; 4.3: Matrix Multiplication; 4.4: Inverse Matrices; 4.5: Symmetric Matrices and Orthogonal Matrices; 5: Vector Spaces and Subspaces; 5.1: The Column Space of a Matrix; 5.2: The Nullspace of A: Solving Av=0; 5.3: The Complete Solution to Av=b; 5.4: Independence, Basis and Dimension; 5.5: The Four Fundamental Subspaces; 5.6: Graphs and Networks; 6: Eigenvalues and Eigenvectors; 6.1: Introduction to Eigenvalues; 6.2: Diagonalizing a Matrix; 6.3: Linear Systems y’=Ay; 6.4: The Exponential of a Matrix; 6.5: Second Order Systems and Symmetric Matrices; 7: Applied Mathematics and ATA; 7.1: Least Squares and Projections; 7.2: Positive Definite Matrices and the SVD; 7.3: Boundary Conditions Replace Initial Conditions; 7.4: Laplace’s Equation and ATA; 7.5: Networks and the Graph Laplacian; 8: Fourier and Laplace Transforms; 8.1: Fourier Series; 8.2: The Fast Fourier Transform; 8.3: The Heat Equation; 8.4: The Wave Equation; 8.5: The Laplace Transform; 8.6: Convolution (Fourier and Laplace); Matrix Factorizations; Properties of Determinants; Index; Linear Algebra in a Nutshell.

About the Author
Gilbert Strang
is a Professor of Mathematics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an Honorary Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford University. He is also a prolific author, with a dozen highly regarded textbooks and monographs to his credit. Strang served as president of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) from 1999-2000 and chaired the U.S. National Committee on Mathematics from 2003-4. He won the Henrici and Su Buchin prizes at ICIAM 2007 and the Von Neumann Medal of the U.S. Association of Computational Mechanics. He is a SIAM Fellow and a member of the National Academy of Sciences.


ISBN: 9780980232790


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