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MATH 309
Differential Equations Fall 2020
Division III Quantative/Formal Reasoning

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Ordinary differential equations (ODE) frequently arise as models of phenomena in the natural and social sciences. This course presents core ideas of ODE from an applied standpoint. Topics covered early in the course may include numerical solutions, separation of variables, integrating factors, constant coefficient linear equations, and power series solutions. Later, we will focus on nonlinear ODEs, for which it is usually impossible to find analytical solutions. Tools from dynamical systems will be introduced to allow us to obtain some information about the behavior of the ODE without explicitly knowing the solution.
The Class: Format: lecture; Unless circumstances change, students will have the option of taking the course in person or remotely
Limit: 20
Expected: 20
Class#: 2629
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: quizzes/exams, problem sets, participation, and possible activities
Prerequisites: MATH 150/151 and MATH 250
Enrollment Preferences: discretion of the instructor
Distributions: Division III Quantative/Formal Reasoning
QFR Notes: 300-level mathematics course

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