MATH202-17S2 (C) Semester Two 2017

Differential Equations

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 July 2017
End Date: Sunday, 19 November 2017
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 28 July 2017
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 13 October 2017


This course deals with techniques for solving differential equations building on the material in MATH201.

This course is a core part of 200 level maths (along with MATH201 and MATH203) and is strongly recommended to anyone who is considering majoring in mathematics or another subject that involves a high level of numeracy. It covers more advanced techniques in differential equations with interesting applications to many areas of science, commerce and engineering.

Topics covered:
Differential equations: Reduction of order. Variation of Parameters.
Systems of linear and nonlinear first order differential equations, including phase plane techniques. Introduction to numerical methods. Stiff systems. Laplace Transforms: Initial Value Problems, Shift Theorems, step functions and impulses, convolution, resonance. Fourier Series. Introduction to Fourier Transforms.

Learning Outcomes

  • At the end of this course, students will:
  • be able to use standard techniques to solve linear differential equations: variation of parameters, Laplace transforms, convolutions and Fourier series
  • demonstrate understanding of why these techniques work and when they will not
  • be able to make an appropriate choice of analytical, geometric or numerical algorithm for a given problem
  • be able to use these techniques in a variety of modelling applications, using appropriate software
  • have developed problem solving skills both as part of a team and as an individual
  • have developed written and oral communcation skills, emphasizing the ability to explain what the mathematics means



MATH262, MATH264, EMTH202, EMTH204

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Phillip Wilson


Rua Murray


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Homework problems 10%
Written assignments (x2) 40%
Final examination 50%

Textbooks / Resources

Recommended Reading

Zill, Dennis; Differential equations with boundary value problems, 8e, international metric edition ; 8th edition; Brooks Cole, 2016.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $735.00

International fee $3,525.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Mathematics and Statistics .

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