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 MATH 255 - ORDINARY DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS Many important and significant problems in engineering, biology, physics, sociology, geography, psychology or economics, when formulated in mathematical terms, require the determination of a function satisfying an equation containing derivatives of the unknown function. Such equations are called differential equations. Perhaps the most familiar example is Newton’s law: for the position s(t) of a particle acted on by a force F, which may be a function of time t, the position s(t), and the velocity ds(t))/dt. To determine the motion of a particle acted on by a given force F it is necessary to find a function s(t) satisfying the above equation. This course examines some methods of solving certain types of differential equations Applications are stressed. Topics include first- and second-order linear differential equations, linear systems, non-linear equations, series solutions, and Laplace transform methods. PREREQUISITES/COREQUISITES PREREQUISITES:  MATH 112COREQUISITES: MATH 211 and one of MATH 152, MATH 221, PHYS 221. INTENDED AUDIENCE Students who are interested in a career in mathematics and engineering. TRANSFERABILITY SFU, UVic and UBC. COREQUISITES MATH 211; and one of MATH 221 or PHYS 221 unless MATH 152 already completed.
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