MATH-UA 262 Ordinary Differential Equations

4 points. Offered in the fall and the spring.

Course Description

A first course in ordinary differential equations, including analytical solution methods, elementary numerical methods, and modeling. Topics to be covered include: first-order equations including integrating factors; second-order equations including variation of parameters; series solutions; elementary numerical methods including Euler's methods, Runge-Kutta methods, and error analysis; Laplace transforms; systems of linear equations; boundary-value problems. Some optional topics to be chosen at the instructor's discretion include: nonlinear dynamics including phase-plane description; elementary partial differential equations and Fourier series.


MATH-UA 123 Calculus III or MATH-UA 213 Math for Economics III (for Economics majors) and MATH-UA 140 Linear Algebra with a grade of C or better or the equivalent.

Course Syllabus