University of Melbourne
Area of Study
Taught In English
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3 - 4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4 - 6
Hours & Credits
Differential equations arise as common models in the physical, mathematical, biological and engineering sciences. This subject covers linear differential equations, both ordinary and partial, using concepts from linear algebra to provide the general structure of solutions for ordinary differential equations and linear systems. The differences between initial value problems and boundary value problems are discussed and eigenvalue problems arising from common classes of partial differential equations are introduced. Laplace transform methods are used to solve dynamical models with discontinuous inputs and the separation of variables method is applied to simple second order partial differential equations. Fourier series are derived and used to represent the solutions of the heat and wave equation and Fourier transforms are introduced. The subject balances basic theory with concrete applications.
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.