MA 2051A Ordinary Differential Equations B term 2006

Texts: H. S. Bear, Differential Equations: A Concise Course
and
R. Bronson, Schaum's Easy Outlines: Differential Equations

Professor: W. Farr, 105A Stratton, X5496, E-mail - bfarr
Office Hours: MWF 11-1,TR 9-11 after class except M, or by appointment
Web page: http://www.math.wpi.edu/Course_Materials/MA2051AB06/

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.

Material to be covered

The section numbers are from Bear. The other text provides short summaries of the material and lots of worked out examples, which Bear doesn't have.
Week 1
Basics for a single, first order equation, Linearity
Secs. 1.1, 1.2, 1.4, 2.2, 2.4
Week 2
Linear Algebra and Linear operators
Secs. 3.1, 3.2, 3.3
Week 3
Second order equations, applications
Secs.3.4, 3.5, 4.1,
Week 4
Higher order equations, Undetermined coefficients
Secs. 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.6
Week 5
Laplace transforms
Secs. 5.1, 5.2, 5.3
Week 6
Systems, Phase plane analysis
Secs. 7.7, Class notes
Week 7
Overflow and review
William W. Farr
2006-10-24