Learning Differential EquationsDate: 7/15/96 at 1:42:27 From: Anonymous Subject: Learning Differential Equations Hello Dr. Math! I want to learn all about differential equations, the kind used in Einstein's theory of relativity. I have a standard high-school math education (it was my best subject), and I even taught myself a *little* calculus my senior year, but I'm really rusty now :-) What I'm looking for is books and internet resources that can gently introduce me to differential equations, and then go all the way up the hard stuff. Thanks, Micah Date: 7/29/96 at 13:44:18 From: Doctor Jerry Subject: Re: Learning Differential Equations The differential equations in mathematical physics are mostly partial differential equations. Because partial differential equations are to calculus of functions of several variables what ordinary differential equations are to calculus of functions of one variable, probably you will have to begin by learning more calculus. One way of doing this at relatively little cost is to look into the Schaum's outline series of books. I think this series includes books on both calculus and differential equations. There are several possibilities on the Internet. Here's one I found by doing a search with the keyword calculus. http://www.math.ohio-state.edu/~davis/cmremote.html This is a site offering learning at home via the Internet. It is a serious course on calculus and differential equations. It would require that you acquire the computer algebra system Mathematica, which was created by Stephan Wolfram, a mathematical physicist. -Doctor Jerry, The Math Forum Check out our web site! http://mathforum.org/dr.math/ |
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