MATH202-18S2 (C) Semester Two 2018

Differential Equations

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 16 July 2018
End Date: Sunday, 18 November 2018
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 27 July 2018
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 12 October 2018


This course deals with analytical, numerical, and geometric techniques for differential equations, including applications.

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
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.



MATH262, MATH264, EMTH202, EMTH204

Course Coordinator

For further information see Mathematics and Statistics Head of Department

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $749.00

International fee $3,788.00

* 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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