by Abdul J. Jerri
This book covers the basic elements of difference equations and the tools of difference and sum calculus necessary for studying and solving, primarily, ordinary linear difference equations. It is lucidly written and carefully motivated with examples from various fields of applications. These examples are presented in the first chapter and then discussed with their detailed solutions in Chapters 2-7. A particular feature is the use of the discrete Fourier transforms for solving difference equations associated with, generally nonhomogeneous, boundary conditions. Emphasis is placed on illustrating this new method by means of applications. The primary goal of the book is to serve as a primer for a first course in linear difference equations but, with the addition of more theory and applications, the book is suitable for more advanced courses. Audience: In addition to students from mathematics and applied fields the book will be of value to academic and industrial researchers who are interested in applications.