MA 2051A Ordinary Differential Equations B term 2004

Text: Paul Davis, Differential Equations: Modeling with MATLAB

Professor: W. Farr, 105A Stratton, X5496, E-mail - bfarr
Office Hours: MWF 11-1,TR 9-11 or by appointment
Web page: http://www.math.wpi.edu/Course_Materials/MA2051AB04/
PLA: Tom Howard (e-mail - thoward)

Goals for this Course

Course Structure

This course meets four times a week for lectures, where the basic concepts will be introduced. There is also one conference section per week. In these sessions you will work in small groups, aided by a Peer Learning Assistant.

Material to be covered

Week 1
Basics for a single, first order equation
Secs. 4.1-4.4
Week 2
Existence and Uniqueness, Modeling with first order equations
Secs. 4.5, 4.6, 2.1, 2.2
Week 3
More modeling, qualitative theory for a single, first order equation
Secs. 2.3, 2.4, 3.2, 3.3
Week 4
Second order equations with constant coefficients
Secs. 5.1, 5.2, 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4
Week 5
More on second order equations
Secs. 6.5, 6.6, 6.7
Week 6
Systems, Phase plane analysis
Secs. 7.1, 7.2, 8.1
Week 7
Solving systems in two dimensions
Secs. 8.2, 8.3
William W. Farr
2004-10-26