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This book is intended to provide students with an efficient introduction and accessibility to ordinary and partial differential equations, linear algebra, vector analysis, Fourier analysis, and special functions and eigenfunction expansions, for their use as tools of inquiry and analysis in modeling and problem solving. It should also serve as preparation for further reading where this suits individual needs and interests.
Although much of this material appears in Advanced Engineering Mathematics, 6th edition, Elements has been completely rewritten to provide a natural flow of the material in this shorter format.
Many types of computations, such as construction of direction fields, or the manipulation Bessel functions and Legendre polynomials in writing eigenfunction expansions, require the use of software packages. A short MAPLE primer is included as Appendix B. This is designed to enable the student to quickly master the use of MAPLE for such computations. Other software packages can also be used.
Served on the faculty at the University of Minnesota, The College of William and Mary in Virginia, where he was chairman of mathematics, and the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he was chairman of mathematics, dean of natural sciences and mathematics, and university provost. Primary research interests are in graph theory, combinatorial analysis and applications of mathematics to problems in the physical and biological sciences and engineering.