using standard courier delivery
Originally published in the Soviet Union, this text is meant for students of higher schools and deals with the most important sections of mathematics - differential equations and the calculus of variations. The first part describes the theory of differential equations and reviews the methods for integrating these equations and investigating their solutions. The second part gives an idea of the calculus of variations and surveys the methods for solving variational problems. The book contains a large number of examples and problems with solutions involving applications of mathematics to physics and mechanics. Apart from its main purpose the textbook is of interest to expert mathematicians. Lev Elsgolts (deceased) was a Doctor of Physico-Mathematical Sciences, Professor at the Patrice Lumumba University of Friendship of Peoples. His research work was dedicated to the calculus of variations and differential equations. He worked out the theory of differential equations with deviating arguments and supplied methods for their solution. Lev Elsgolts was the author of many printed works. Among others, he wrote the well-known books Qualitative Methods in Mathematical Analysis and Introduction to the Theory of Differential Equations with Deviating Arguments. In addition to his research work Lev Elsgolts taught at higher schools for over twenty years.