Analysis of Ordinary Differential Equations

University of Queensland

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Analysis of Ordinary Differential Equations

  • Host University

    University of Queensland

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    MATH1052 or MATH1072

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    Hours & Credits

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  • Overview

    Course Description
    ODE's - Systems: variation of constants, fundamental matrix. Laplace transform, transform for systems, transfer function. Stability, asymptotic stability; phase plane analysis.


    Course Introduction
    MATH2010 will cover the following 2 topics. ( Also for a general outline of the course, read About MATH2010.)
    Topic 1. Systems of Ordinary Differential Equations (Kreyszig Chapter 4). Solutions to Homogeneous Linear Systems of ODE's with constant coeffcients using matrices. The Phase Plane for 2-Dimensional linear and some nonlinear systems. Critical Points, linearization and the stability properties of critical points. Nonhomogeneous Linear Systems.

    Topic 2. Laplace Transforms (Kreyszig Chapter 6).The Laplace Transform and its Inverse Transform. Linearity, Shifting, Convolution and the use of Partial Fractions. Transforms of Derivatives and Integrals. Use of Laplace Transforms to solve Linear Differential Equations including those involving discontinuous functions such as the Step Function and the Dirac Delta function.


    Learning Objectives
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:

    1. solve linear systems of ODEs and to be able to interpret their behaviour in the phase plane.
    2. find equilibrium solutions to nonlinear systems of ODE's and analyse their stability characteristics.
    3. use the Laplace Transform to solve linear ODE's and systems of ODE's with continuous and discontinuous forcing.
    4. use the methods described above to analyse systems from Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Engineering (mass spring systems, mixing problems, simple electrical circuit systems, simple chemical rate equations and simple predator prey systems).


    Course Contact
    2 Hours Lecture, 1 Hour Tutorial

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