Mathematics plays an important role in many scientific and engineering disciplines. This book deals with the numerical solution of differential equations, a very important branch of mathematics. Our aim is to give a practical and theoretical account of how to solve a large variety of differential equations, comprising ordinary differential equations, initial value problems and boundary value problems, differential algebraic equations, partial differential equations and delay differential equations. The solution of differential equations using R is the main focus of this book. It is therefore intended for the practitioner, the student and the scientist, who wants to know how to use R for solving differential equations. However, it has been our goal that non-mathematicians should at least understand the basics of the methods, while obtaining entrance into the relevant literature that provides more mathematical background. Therefore, each chapter that deals with R examples is preceded by a chapter where the theory behind the numerical methods being used is introduced. In the sections that deal with the use of R for solving differential equations, we have taken examples from a variety of disciplines, including biology, chemistry, physics, pharmacokinetics. Many examples are well-known test examples, used frequently in the field of numerical analysis.
From the reviews: "An invaluable aid for learning almost from scratch about a quite comprehensive collection of types of differential equations, and their implementation in R ... . I strongly recommend this work as a companion for most courses on differential equations, as it would enable students to try to implement applications akin to those discussed. Even theoreticians will find a nice review of the history and state of the art of some methods for solving differential equations." (Arturo Ortiz-Tapia, ACM Computing Reviews, October, 2012) "This useful work ... focuses on how to numerically solve differential equations. ... it will give helpful insight to those who have studied differential equations before and who want to become more knowledgeable about solving them numerically using R, an open-source programming language. ... Overall, the book covers the necessary topics for readers to get a good taste of numerically solving differential equations in a variety of applications. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty." (S. L. Sullivan, Choice, Vol. 50 (6), February, 2013) "The book in general deals with the numerical methods implemented to different differential problems. ... The main thing that differentiates this book from others is the fact that the authors propose to use for this purpose some non-specific programming environment such as R. ... the authors manage to convince the reader about the ability to use this software to solve differential problems. ... they show its potential benefits." (Ivan Secrieru, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1252, 2012)
Series: Use R!
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 7th June 2012
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5 x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.409