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Introduction
Conventions Used in This Book
Foolish Assumptions
How This Book Is Organized
Part I: Tackling First Order Differential Equations
Part III: The Power Stuff: Advanced Techniques
Part IV: The Part of Tens
Icons Used in This Book
Where to Go from Here
Looking Closely at Linear First Order Differential Equations
Identifying Linear First Order Differential Equations
Solving Linear First Order Differential Equations That Don’t Involve Terms in y
Solving Linear First Order Differential Equations That Involve Terms in y
Integrating Factors: A Trick of the Trade
Answers to Linear First Order Differential Equation Problems
The Ins and Outs of Working with Separable Differential Equations
Finding Implicit Solutions
Getting Tricky: Separating the Seemingly Inseparable
An Initial Peek at Separable Equations with Initial Conditions
Answers to Separable First Order Differential Equation Problems
Exactly, Dear Watson: Determining whether a Differential Equation Is Exact
Getting Answers from Exact Differential Equations
Answers to Exact First Order Differential Equation Problems
Getting the Goods on Linear Second Order Differential Equations
Finding the Solution When Constant Coefficients Come into Play
Answers to Linear Second Order Differential Equation Problems
Getting the General Solution When g(x) Is a Polynomial
Distinctly Different: Working with Real and Distinct Roots
A Cause for Complexity: Handling Complex Roots
Identity Issues: Solving Equations When Identical Roots Are Involved
Answers to Homogeneous Linear Higher Order Differential Equation Problems
Seeking Out Solutions of the Form Aerx
Trying for a Solution in Polynomial Form
Working with Solutions Made Up of Sines and Cosines
Using Power Series to Solve Ordinary Differential Equations
Checking On a Series with the Ratio Test
Shifting the Series Index
Exploiting the Power of Power Series to Find Series Solutions
Answers to Solving Ordinary Differential Equations with Power Series
Solving Differential Equations with Series Solutions Near Singular Points
Finding Singular Points
Classifying Singular Points as Regular or Irregular
Working with Euler’s Equation
Solving General Differential Equations with Regular Singular Points
Finding Laplace Transforms
Calculating the Laplace Transforms of Derivatives
Back to the Basics: Adding (And Subtracting) Matrices
An Exercise in Muddying Your Mind: Multiplying Matrices
Determining the Determinant
More Than Just Tongue Twisters: Eigenvalues and Eigenvectors
Solving Differential Equation Systems
Answers to Systems of Linear First Order Differential Equation Problems
Looking at Linear Equations
Scoping Out Separable Equations
Applying the Method of Undetermined Coefficients
Honing in on Homogeneous Equations
Examining Exact Equations
Finding Solutions with the Help of Integrating Factors
Getting Serious Answers with Series Solutions
Turning to Laplace Transforms for Solutions
Determining whether a Solution Exists
Calculating Population Growth
Determining Fluid Flow
Mixing Fluids
Finding Out Facts about Falling Objects
Calculating Trajectories
Analyzing the Motion of Pendulums
Applying Newton’s Law of Cooling
Studying Inductor-Resistor Circuits
Calculating the Motion of a Mass on a Spring
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