A Web Companion for Differential Equations, Mechanics, and Computation

By Richard S. Palais and Robert A. Palais.

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Below you will find generous (and downloadable!) PDF previews of material from the book. However, if you want to study the book in a serious way we strongly recommend that you...

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The book was reviewed here by William Satzer for the MAA. And here is the MathSciNet review.

Published by The American Mathematical Society.
ISBN-10: 0-8218-2138-5
ISBN-13: 978-0-8218-2138-1

We encourage visitors to download 3D-XplorMath, a free mathematical visualization program available in both a Mac only and a cross-platform Java version. It is very useful for visualizing differential equations and their solutions, such as those studied in the book. We have also collected a Gallery of ODE applets created using the Java version. This can serve as your online playground for experimenting with ODE of many types. To use it please visit: http://virtualmathmuseum.org/ODE/index.html.

1. Differential Equations and Their Solutions

first 35 pages; Online Supplement

2. Linear Differential Equations

first 5 pages; Online Supplement

3. Second-Order ODE and the Calculus of Variations

first 5 pages

4. Newtonian Mechanics

first 5 pages; Online Supplement

5. Numerical Methods

first 38 pages; Online Supplement

Appendices (76 pages)


Appendix K. Fast Fourier Transform.

Appendix L. Introduction to Fourier Methods.

Bibliography (Further Reading in ODE, Mechanics, and Numerical Methods)

Other ODE Resources


This Web Companion is a work in progress. Suggestions are most welcome. Please send them or report any problems to palais@uci.edu

The authors, Bob and Dick Palais, are grateful to Xah Lee for his help and advice in designing, implementing, and maintaining a user-friendly website.

Last Updated May 19, 2011