Engineering Differential Equations: Theory and Applications, Springer 2010

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This page contains supplementary material for the book, Engineering Differential Equations: Theory and Applications, by Bill Goodwine. 2010, Springer.


Chapter 11 considers solutions to partial differential equations.

The One-Dimensional Wave Equation

Section 11.1 considers the one-dimensional wave equation.

Some movies:

The One-Dimensional Heat Conduction Equation

Section 11.3 considers the one-dimensional heat conduction equation.

Some movies:

The Two-Dimensional Heat Equation


Vibrating Membranes

Partial differential equations describing vibrating membranes in rectangular and polar coordinates are considered in Section 11.5.

Section 11.5.1 presents the two-dimensional wave equation in rectangular coordinates.

Some movies:

Sections 11.5.2-11.5.4 presents the wave equation in polar coordinates. The prototypical example would be a vibrating drum head.

Some movies:


Chapter 1

Chapter 2

  • p. 61, second paragraph of Section 2.2, line 2: "and" should be "is".
  • p. 89, line -7: the right hand side of the equation below equation 2.35 should be a function of t, not x.

Chapter 3

  • p. 97, line -3: there is an extra closing parenthesis in the equation for the Wronskian.
  • p. 105, line 12: both exponents should be -\omega_n.
  • p. 117, Figure 3.5: the figure plots the solution to \ddot x + \dot x + 10 x = 0 and not 2 \ddot x + \dot x + 10 x = 0 as stated. It really doesn't change the qualitative aspects of the problem, however.

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

  • p. 163, line 6: the first (n+1) term should be (n+2).
  • p. 164, Equation 5.5: the first coefficient in the second series should be (n+2) not (n+1).
  • p. 167, lines -4,-3 and -2: the expressions for the derivatives of the function are wrong.
  • p. 170, line 6: at the end of the line "Table 5.2" should be "Table 5.1."
  • p. 172, line -5: there should be a negative sign on the right hand side of the equation.
  • p. 174, Equation 5.14: the first term in the numerator on the right hand side should be multiplied by 20.
  • p. 181, line 16: the two terms on the right-hand side of the equation are switched, leading to the wrong answer for a_2. This wrong number then propagates to lines -1 and -6 on the same page.
  • p. 182, line 14: in the first series for the second derivative, the exponent should be (n-2) not (n-1).
  • p. 185, line 2: the recursion relation has two mistakes. The left hand side should be for a_{n+2} not {n+1}. Also, the negative sign should not be there.
  • p. 186, line 6: the left hand side of the recursion relation should be for a_{n+2} not {n+1}.
  • p. 188, Exercise 5.1, part 2: should be "2. Is the point t=0 an ordinary point or singular point?"
  • p. 189, Exercise 5.2, part 2: should be "2. Is the point t=0 an ordinary point or singular point?"
  • p. 190, Exercise 5.13: the middle term in the denominator of the second term should be "2 t" not "t2".
  • p. 191, Exercise 5.16: the independent variable in the equation is x, so the derivative terms should be with respect to x.

Chapter 6

  • p. 195, line 1: the third term in the vector on the right hand side should have a subscript of 4, not 3.
  • p. 209, line -8: the exponential term should be multiplying the second term as well.
  • p. 210, line 1: same error as on p. 209 carried through.
  • p. 220, line -9: the superscript for the second term in the equation should be m-3.
  • p. 244, line -11: the first component of the vector on the far right should contain t, not tau.
  • p. 245, line 8: the matrix A7 does not have a set of n linearly-independent eigenvectors.
  • p. 247, line -7: A3 should be A2.

Chapter 7

  • p. 253, line 5: the word "of" is repeated.
  • p. 265, Equation (7.16): this equation has multiple typos. The last term in parentheses in the last line should be (1-k1-2 k3). Also the second line has misaligned parentheses.

Chapter 8

  • p. 288, last line in Table 8.1: the exponent should be "-a t" and not "a t".
  • p. 297, Example 8.14: the "3" multiplying the t^2 term on the right hand side is dropped half way through the example. Because it scales the whole right hand side, it scales simply scales the solution by 3. Thus the final answer on p. 299 should be multiplied by 3, as should the equation on the top of page 299. Also the two equations in the middle of p. 298 involving X(s) should have the right hand side multiplied by 3.
  • p. 326, line -10: "Figure 8.8" should be "Figure 8.37".
  • p. 327: the pendulum in Figure 8.36 should indicate a length, l, for the pendulum.

Chapter 9

  • p. 348, line 4: the numerator for both expressions of G1 should be 5.
  • p. 348, line 6: the numerator for both expressions of G1 should be 10.
  • p. 349, caption to Figure 9.16: the numerator for G1 should be 4 in the numerator for G2 should be 9.
  • p. 354, line 9: the word "row" should be "column".
  • p. 368, line 4: "r=10, 1, -1, and 10" should be "r=10, 1, -1, -10".
  • p. 368, line -4: "Systems with left half-plane zeros are called..." should be "Systems with right half-plane zeros are called...".
  • p. 403, line -7: the arctan should be a ratio of the imaginary to real components of G(i \omega).

Chapter 11

  • p. 496, Fig. 11.6: the label for abscissa should be "x" not "t".
  • p. 503, line 7: "<x,z> and <x,z>" should be "<x,y> and <x,z>".
  • p. 513, line 2: the coefficient is alpha^2, not alpha.
  • p. 515, line 6: the "x" should be outside, not inside, the square root.
  • p. 524, line 1: the sine function should not equal n pi, the argument to it should.
  • p. 525, Equation 11.43: the denominator in both exponentials should be L_x.
  • p. 525, Equation 11.44: the first term in the denominator of the coefficient in front of the integral should be L_x, not L.
  • p. 532, line 12: on the right-hand side of the equations, one of the terms should be the steady-state solution.
  • p. 534, Equation 11.51: one of the partial derivatives should be with respect to x.
  • p. 534, Equation 11.52: the frequency in the sine and cosine functions should be multiplied by t.
  • p. 536, line 10: "right-hand side of Equation (11.51)" should be "left-hand side of Equation (11.51)".
  • p. 539, Figure 11.28: in the label on the vertical axis, the subscript on z should be "0,n" not "1,n".
  • p. 542, last boxed set of equations: the expressions for the c and d coefficients should be in terms of the function g not the function f. Also, the d coefficient should have a sine function instead of cosine.
  • p. 559, line -4: the tension and mass per unit length appearing in the frequency term should both be the square root of those terms.
  • p. 561, line 1: the second word "subsection" should be "subsections".
  • p. 570, Exercise 11.2: add to the problem statement "let m=1, b=0 and k = 9\pi^2."
  • p. 571, line 21: for Exercise 11.4, number 4, the initial condition should be for u(x,0) not the partial derivative of u with respect to t.
  • p. 572, Exercise 11.9: in the "denominator" of the operators the partial sign is "squared" when it should be the x and y, respectively.

Chapter 12

  • p. 580, line 16: the word "so" should be deleted near the end of the line.
  • p. 580, line -14: the exact solution is cos(t), not -cos(t).
  • p. 588, line 2: the middle term in the numerator should be evaluated at 2.0, not 1.5.
  • p. 592, lines 11 and 12: the minus sign multiplying the cubed term was dropped. Also, it would be more complete if the expression for f(x(t),t) were substituted into the final expression.
  • p. 600, line 10: the error term on the right-hand side should be at two time steps back, not one.
  • p. 625, Exercise 12.2, number 6: the first derivative term should be a second derivative.

Chapter 13

  • p. 662, Figure 13.24: the output Y(s) should be X(s) because that is what it is called in the text that refers to the figure.
  • p. 662, line 8: the second equation on the page should have X(s) on the left hand side, not G_p(s).
  • p. 664, line 1: the sine term inside the friction function should be multiplied by M.
  • p. 654, line 1, Equation (13.23): the second equilibrium point should be x=2, x'=0, not x=0, x'=2.
  • p. 664, line 4: the term multiplying a on the left hand side of the equation should be the reciprocal of what is printed.
  • p. 664, line 8: the term multiplying b on the left hand side of the equation should be the reciprocal of what is printed. Also, there should be an M multiplying the sine function that is the argument to the friction() function and no M multiplying the sine function outside the friction() function.
  • p. 666, line 5: the "0.3" in the equation should be "-0.3".
  • p. 679, exercise 13.12, number 2: "G(s) =" is missing from the left side of the equation.

Appendix E

  • Various FORTRAN programs have semicolons terminating lines (always in the declaration statements): E.2.0.20, E.2.0.21, E2.0.22, E.2.0.23, E2.0.24, E2.0.25, E.2.0.26. These semicolons should not be there.
  • p. 727, program in E.2.0.18, for Example 1.30: the program contains the variable n which does nothing. The declaration, initialization to zero and increment inside the do loop should be removed.
  • p. 733, line 19: the equation to update x(2) should not have an x(1) in it, it should be copy(1). Also, while it will not affect how the program works, x(2) should be copy(2) for consistency.
  • p. 737, line 5: The program in E.2.0.31 is for Example 12.17, not Example 12.16.