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 112

COREQUISITES: 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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