Dr. Neil Balmforth


This course provides an introduction to solution methods for ODEs.

The syllabus:
I. First-order ODEs (integrating factors, separable equations)
II. Second-order, 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

Office hours: TBA

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: Mon 1pm, Wed 12pm, Fri 3pm
TA (Xiaowei Li) office hours : Mon 10:30-12:00 (LSK 300C), Thu 12:30-14:00 (LSK 300B)

Webwork now online

Midterm 1: October 5
Midterm 2: November 2

Background knowledge
Some terse notes

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