MATH202-22S2 (D) Semester Two 2022 (Distance)

Differential Equations

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 18 July 2022
End Date: Sunday, 13 November 2022
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 31 July 2022
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 2 October 2022


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

This occurrence of the course is for approved online students only. On-campus students should enrol in the (C) occurrence of this course.

Students may be required to sit invigilated tests and exams in-person in Christchurch, or with off-campus in-person invigilation, or with online invigilation, depending on the student's location.  Where online invigilation is required the student will need to ensure that they have a suitable internet connection and access to technology including a webcam, and may be required to download and install online invigilation software.   Also see Clashes and alternative arrangements

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

Chris Zane Stevens


This occurrence of the course is for approved online students only. On-campus students should enrol in the (C) occurrence of this course.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $802.00

International fee $4,563.00

* 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 .

All MATH202 Occurrences

  • MATH202-22S2 (C) Semester Two 2022
  • MATH202-22S2 (D) Semester Two 2022 (Distance)