is a text for a first undergraduate Differential Equations course. It does not assume previous coverage of Linear Algebra. This book includes applications from many disciplines, and integrates the use of the open-source computer algebra system Maxima
free online book should be usable as a stand-alone
textbook or as a supplementary resource.
This work is
licensed under a Creative Commons
Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License
can use, print, duplicate, share this book as much as you want. You can
base your own book on it and reuse parts if you keep the license the
same. If you plan to use it commercially (sell it for more than
duplicating cost), then you need to contact me and we will work
This work is heavily based upon the open-source book Notes on Diffy Qs: Differential Equations for Engineers
by Jiri Lebl. That book has been selected as an Approved Textbook
in the American Institute of Mathematics
Major changes include:
- Stripping the chapters on PDEs and nonlinear systems.
- Creating a full chapter on linear algebra topics.
- Strengthening the presentation of review topics, including hyperbolic functions and complex numbers.
- Inserting instruction and exercises using the computer algebra system Maxima.
- Adding applications in healthcare, chemistry and pharmacy.
Some content was adapted from these open-source resources:
I am grateful to these authors, and indeed all open-source creators, for making their materials available. Without this publishing model, I probably would not have been able to to realize this project. What a nice way for us to
"collaborate" in this manner!