Modelling with Differential Equations

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Modelling with Differential Equations

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    (MATH 142, 151) or (ENGR 121, 122)

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Types of ordinary differential equations and methods of solution (Fourier series, Laplace transforms, numerical algorithms); boundary-value and initial-value problems; systems of equations; qualitative analysis of solutions; applications.

    Course content
    Ordinary differential equations: first order and higher order, methods of solution using integration, series, and numerical methods, modeling and applications. Laplace transforms and application to solving DEs; linear systems of differential equations; Fourier series and transform, applications to solving initial and boundary value problems.

    Course learning objectives
    Students who pass this course should be able to:

    • Recognize and classify various types of ODEs.
    • Apply a variety of techniques, including Maple, for solving ODEs and recognize their limitations.
    • Explain the theory of, and prove simple theorems about ODEs.
    • Interpret the physical relevance of an ODE and construct a simple ODE modeling an application.
    • Express clearly in writing mathematical arguments, providing justification and explanation as appropriate.

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