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Contains problems at the end of each chapter which reinforce the material
Features solutions of the Heun equation, usually found only in more advanced monographs
Includes useful appendices on background material, including the Poincaré-Perron theory
Second Order Differential Equations presents a classical piece of theory concerning hypergeometric special functions as solutions of second-order linear differential equations. The theory is presented in an entirely self-contained way, starting with an introduction of the solution of the second-order differential equations and then focusingon the systematic treatment and classification of these solutions.
Each chapter contains a set of problems which help reinforce the theory. Some of the preliminaries are covered in appendices at the end of the book, one of which provides an introduction to Poincaré-Perron theory, and the appendix also contains a new way of analyzing the asymptomatic behavior of solutions of differential equations.
This textbook is appropriate for advanced undergraduate and graduate students in Mathematics, Physics, and Engineering interested in Ordinary and Partial Differntial Equations. A solutions manual is available online.
Content Level »Graduate
Keywords »Heun Equation - Partial Differential Equations - Poincaré-Perron Theory - gamma function - partial differential equation