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COMO204 Differential Equations

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Ordinary differential equations for modelling physical and other phenomena. Complementary mathematical approaches for solving ordinary differential equations, including analytical methods, graphical analysis and numerical techniques.

Paper title Differential Equations
Paper code COMO204
Subject Computational Modelling
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,092.15
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $5,004.75

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MATH 170
MATH 262
Schedule C

Teaching staff

Teaching staff to be advised.

Paper Structure

Main topics:

  • First Order Differential Equations
  • Linear Differential Equations of higher order
  • Systems of Linear Differential Equations
  • Analytical and numerical solutions to differential equations
  • Laplace Transforms
  • Stability
  • Introduction to nonlinear systems and chaos
Teaching Arrangements

Five lectures per fortnight and two hours of computer labs per week


There are no mandatory textbooks for this paper.

Recommended textbook:
Blanchard, P., Devaney, R. L. and Hall, G. R., 2012, Differential Equations, 4th ed., Brooks/Cole.

Course outline
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Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Critical thinking, Information literacy.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this paper will develop

  • Information and computational literacy
  • Interdisciplinary thinking
  • Communication and writing skills

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Second Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Tuesday 13:00-13:50 28-34, 36-41
Thursday 13:00-13:50 28-34, 36-41
Friday 13:00-13:50 29, 31, 33, 36, 38, 40


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
T1 Tuesday 15:00-16:50 29-34, 36-41
T2 Thursday 15:00-16:50 29-34, 36-41