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February 24th, 2010, 02:04 PM   #1
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Buying PDE book

Hi all!

I'm new here, and I'm looking to buy a PDE book. My professor has agreed to teach the course to me via independent study but wants me to pick the book, but I don't know even how to look for a good book or what topics it should cover...

Any thoughts?

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March 2nd, 2010, 12:33 PM   #2
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Re: Buying PDE book

I guess the answer is ... it depends on which type of PDEs, application, level of sophistication, and budget you have in mind

let's assume you are an undergrad (or graduate student new to PDEs) ... let's further assume (given you are a student) that you have a small budget .. here's what I've used and liked:

1) Introduction to Partial Differential Equations with Applications by E. C. Zachmanoglou and Dale W. Thoe
2) Partial Differential Equations for Scientists and Engineers (Dover Books on Advanced Mathematics) by Stanley J. Farlow

I used these for self-study and liked them both. The first is more rigorous and a little more detailed; it is particularly good at developing the intuition behind first-order PDE's. The second provides a much more gentle introduction to PDEs, a suitable text for undergraduate engineering students. I would recommend using the first to learn PDEs with an instructor. The second is a good additional reference, but I wouldn't recommend it as a primary reference. Both are Dover, so you can get them pretty cheap through Amazon.

Note that neither of these texts is a numerical recipes book ... you'll need to look elsewhere if your needs are more along the lines of numerical techniques used to solve PDEs.

Good luck!
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