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Differential Equations MAT320

Introduction to ordinary and partial differential equations.

Course description for study year 2021-2022

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The course consists of two parts: ordinary and partial differential equations. Students will learn methods for solving first order ordinary differential equations such as separation of variables and exact differential equations. Students will also analyze the second order linear differential equations, especially those with constant coefficients, together with higher order ordinary differential equations and systems of first order equations. Students will also learn to solve them by developing into power series and using the Frobenius method. They also will learn simple boundary value problems. Concerning partial differential equations, the students will be able to solve the wave equations, heat conduction equations, Laplace equation, by means of the separation method and Fourier series, and also solve boundary value problems. In addition, will the students get an introduction to Green's functions and Fourier transform.

Green's functions and Fourier transformFirst order differential equations: linear, separable, exact. Second order and higher order linear

differential equations, systems of first order linear differential equations with constant

coefficients. Solving of second order linear differential equations by developing into power

series. Boundary problems. Orthogonal functions and Fourier series. 

Solving of partial differential equations by separation of variables. 

Required prerequisite knowledge
Recommended prerequisites
MAT100 Mathematical Methods 1, MAT200 Mathematical Methods 2, MAT210 Real and Complex Calculus, MAT300 Vector Analysis
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Written exam 1/1 4 Hours A - F Specified printed and hand-written means are allowed. Definite, basic calculator allowed

Course teacher(s)
Course coordinator: Alexander Rashkovskii
Course teacher: Alexander Rashkovskii
Head of Department: Bjørn Henrik Auestad
Method of work
Six hours lecturing and problem solving each week.
Open for
Biological Chemistry - Biotechnology - Bachelor's Degree Programme Civil Engineering - Bachelor's Degree Programme Computer Science- Bachelor's degree programme in computer science Control Engineering and Circuit Design, Vocational Path Control Engineering and Circuit Design - Bachelor's Degree Programme Chemistry and Environmental Engineering - Bachelor's Degree Programme Mechanical Engineering - Bachelor's Degree Programme Mathematics and Physics - Bachelor's Degree Programme Geosciences Engineering - Bachelor's Degree Programme Petroleum Technology - Bachelor's Degree Programme Biological Chemistry - Master of Science Degree Programme Environmental Engineering - Master of Science Degree Programme Industrial economics - Master's Degree Programme - 5 year Industrial Automation and Signal Processing - Master's Degree Programme - 5 year Mechanical and Structural Engineering and Materials Science- Master's Degree Programme - 5 years Mathematics and Physics - Master of Science Degree Programme Mathematics and Physics, 5-year integrated Master's Programme Petroleum Geosciences Engineering - Master of Science Degree Programme Petroleum Engineering - Master of Science Degree Programme Petroleum Engineering - Master`s Degree programme in Petroleum Engineering, 5 years Exchange programme at Faculty of Science and Technology Mathematics - One-year programme
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Overlapping courses
Course Reduction (SP)
Differential Equations (BMF110) 10
Mathematics 4 - differential equations (TE0303) 5
Mathematics 4 - differential equations (TE0303) 5
Mathematics 4 - Differential Equations (ÅMA300) 5
The syllabus can be found in Leganto