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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.

    About this paper

    Paper title Differential Equations
    Subject Computational Modelling
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
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    MATH 140
    MATH 262
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    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.

    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


    Semester 1

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
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