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This course contains an introduction to ordinary differential equations. It will cover various kinds of first order equations and then second order equations with constant coefficients.
A knowledge of integration is ESSENTIAL for this course. Please look at your first year and second year notes for reference.
There are 2 lectures per week: Wednesdays at 1pm in Physics Hall and Thursdays at 1pm in Hall F.
The exam is 90 minutes and will take place in January. News forum
1 A few integrals for you to practice on! Integrals
2 Lecture 1: What is an ordinary differential equations and what is a solution?
3 Lecture 2: Boundary value solutions, one parameter families of curves and their representation by first order differential equations. Exercise 1 Diagrams for question 4
4 Lecture 3: First order differential equations of simple and variable separable type.
5 Lecture 4: First order homogeneous equations.
6 Lecture 5: More first order homogeneous ODEs and linear substitutions.
7 Lecture 6: Using linear substitutions to make equations either homogeneous or variable separable. An introduction to linear equations. Exercise 2.
8 Lecture 7: First order linear equations.
9 Lecture 8: Bernoulli Equations. Simple applications - Newton's laws of motion.
10 Lecture 9: Applications - Radioactive decay and Newton's law of cooling. Exercise 3
11 Lecture 10: Applications. Newton's Law of Cooling and Kirchoff's Law.
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