Dr. Neil Balmforth
COURSES
ODEs
This course provides an introduction to solution
methods for ODEs.
Instructors: Section 101  Neil Balmforth, Section 102  Thomasina Ball
Anouncements:
NJB is away for the week of Sep 1620; video lectures in place of live
ones will be posted here shortly
Segment 1
Segment 2
Segment 3
If all else fails, try
this
You tube versions, which might stream better:
Lecture 1
Lecture 2
Lecture 3
The syllabus:
I. Firstorder ODEs (integrating factors, separable equations)
II. Secondorder, constant coefficient ODEs (real, repeated and complex
roots; homogeneous and inhomogeneous)
III. Systems of ODEs
IV. Laplace Transform methods
V. Fourier series
VI. Solution of partial differential equations by separation of variables
Assessment will involve coursework (homework problems) and examination.
Recommended texts:
Boyce and DiPrima,
"Elementary differential equations and boundary value problems"
E. Kreiszig, "Advanced Engineering Mathematics"
Office hours:
Section 101  Wed 1pm, Fri 1pm (Math 229C);
Section 102  Tues 11am, Thurs 11am (LSK300C)
The TAs:
David Gong (101)
(davidgong at math.ubc.ca) and
Katie Faulkner (102)
(kfaulkner at math.ubc.ca);
email them for assistance with WebWork.
Additional (TA) office hours: Monday 23pm (Math 204; KF),
Tuesday 34pm
(AUDX 157; KF),
Friday 35pm (Math 202; DG)
Background knowledge
Fun with complex numbers
Notation and more
Some terse notes
Coursework involves Webwork, which must be accessed via Canvas: login using your CWL, then
click on Assignments and Webworking
Suggested Midterm1 date: October 2nd
Sample midterm 1
Sample midterm 2
Solutions
Last year's midterm
Lecture notes I
Lecture notes II
Lecture notes III
Lecture notes IV
Lecture notes V
Suggested Midterm2 date: November 4th
Sample midterm 1
Sample midterm 2
Terse solutions summary
Last year's midterm
And its solution
Lecture notes VI
Lecture notes VII
Sample finals
Solutions  solution to 1 in part I of
"more final problems" is (b) not (a)
Watch out for helpful typos in answers for b_n, that are
cleverly designed to enhance your learning experience
Two more sample finals,
some quick solutions
