Department of Mathematics and Physics
§ I: MATH 2204 Dierential Equations Syllabus
Catalog Description
Prerequisite: MATH 2203 The solution of ordinary dierential equations, including the use of Laplace trans-
forms. Existence of solutions, series solutions, matrix methods, nonlinear equations and varied applications.
3 credits.
Required Textbook
A First Course in Dierential Equation, by Dennis G. Zill. Brookes-Cole, 11e, ISBN 9781305965720 (2017). Stu-
dents purchasing the text for MATH 2204 should be aware that each instructor may choose to use or not
use the online homework package oered by the publisher as part of their assessment, e.g., counting on-
line homework as part of the students grade, however once the seal on the software is broken, the package
cannot be returned for a refund.
All students, regardless of their instructors policies regarding online homework, are encouraged to be-
come familiar with and use online homework as a tool to augment their study of dierential equations.
Course Objectives
The course, MATH 2204, provides a foundation in the theory and solution of ordinary dierential equations
(ODEs). The emphasis is on connecting mathematical concepts with practical modeling applications that can
be applied to solving problems that arise in engineering and the applied sciences. Foundational concepts
in calculus and linear analysis are stressed throughout the course, particularly working with series. These
contribute to a fuller understanding of the analytical approach to solving ODEs.
1. Have an understanding of several elementary and classical methods for solving ODEs;
2. Appreciate the structure of the solution, and its relationship to underlying mathematical ideas; and,
3. Be able to formulate and nd solutions to mathematical problems in the applied sciences and engineer-
ing involving dierential equations.
The emphasis is on improved critical thinking skills with regard to using extending the methods of calculus
to solving elementary problems involving dierential equations. Theory and analysis is stressed throughout,
however the course also requires that the student develop prociency in working with solution methods for
ODEs that are covered in the text.
Student Learning Outcomes
After successfully completing this course the expectation is that students will be able to:
1. Work with and understand the concept of existence and uniqueness of solutions;
2. Apply principals of linearity to solve a range of problems involving dierential equations;
3. Formulate solutions to problems involving ODEs, using multiple approaches if necessary.
4. Apply solution techniques to solve rst and second order dierential equation, including homogeneous
and inhomogeneous problems.
5. Apply graphical and numerical methods to solve problems involving ODEs; and,
6. Apply Laplace Transforms to the solution of dierential equations, particularly to constant coecient,
linear ODEs.
Required Curriculum Content
Key topics covered include:
1. First Order Dierential Equations (ODEs):
Separation of variables; Exactness and integrating factors; First order linear equations; ODEs reducible
to rst order; Homogeneous rs order ODEs.
2. Applications of rst order ODEs:
Growth and decay problems; nonlinear models, systems of dierential equations.
3. Second order linear ODEs:
Homogeneous equations with constant coecients; Linear dependence and the Wronskian; Auxiliary
equation and solution of homogeneous ODEs; Non-homogeneous ODEs with constant coecients and
the particular solution; The method of undetermined coecients; The method of variation of parame-
4. Applications of second order ODEs:
Electrical circuits, resonance, coupled systems; Mechanical problems.
5. Series solutions of ODEs:
Review of power series; Singular points of an ODE and their classication; Series solution about an
ordinary point; Series solution about a regular singular point (Frobenius Method).
6. Laplace transforms;
Denition and properties of integral transforms; Laplace transforms of simple functions; Laplace trans-
forms of derivatives of functions; Inverse Laplace transforms; Solutions of initial value problems; Laplace
transforms of periodic functions; Laplace transforms of discontinuous functions; and the convolution
theorem and its use in computing inverse transforms.
All sections of MATH 2204 Dierential Equations will cover, as a minimum, the material from A First Course in
Dierential Equation, by Dennis G. Zill. Brookes-Cole, 11e, ISBN 9781305965720 (2017), as listed:
Sec Textbook Topic
Chapter 1 Introduction to Dierential Equations
1.1 Denition and Terminology
1.2 Initial-Value Problems
1.3 Dierential Equations and Mathematical Models
Chapter 2 First Order Partial Dierential Equations
2.1 Solution Curves without a Solution
2.2 Separable Equations
2.3 Linear Equations
2.4 Exact Equations
2.5 Solutions by Substitution
Chapter 3 Modeling with First Order Dierential Equations
3.1 Linear Models
3.2 Nonlinear Models
3.3 Modeling with Systemss of First-Order ODEs
Chapter 4 Higher-Order Dierential Equations
4.1 Preliminary Theory Linear Equations
4.2 Reduction of Order
4.3 Homogeneous Linear Equations with Constant Coecients
4.4 Undetermined Coecients Superposition Approach
4.4 Undetermined Coecients Annihilator Approach
4.7 Cauchy-Euler Equations
4.8 Greens Functions
4.9 Solving Systems of Linear ODEs by Elimination
4.10 Nonlinear Dierential Equations
Chapter 5 Modeling with Higher-Order Dierential Equations
5.1 Linear Models: Initial-Value Problems
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Sec Textbook Topic
5.2 Linear Models: Boundary-Value Problems
Chapter 6 Series Solutions of Linear Equations
6.1 Review of Power Series
6.2 Solutions about Ordinary Points
6.3 Solutions about Singular Points
Chapter 7 The Laplace Transform
7.1 Denition of the Laplace Transform
7.2 Inverse Transforms and Transforms of Derivatives
7.3 Operational Properties I
7.4 Operational Properties II
7.5 The Dirac Delta Function
7.6 Systems of Linear Dierential Equations
Common Department Requirements for MATH 2204
While students in each section of MATH 2204 are assessed by the course instructor, there are general guide-
lines that apply to all sections of MATH 2204. These include:
Calculators and other electronic devices are not allowed on any exams.
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Department, College and University Expectations and Policies
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of New Haven. These are an integral part of the syllabus for this course.
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Please note that it is the responsibility of the student to assure that the required paperwork and documentation is completed by the deadline.
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plete (INC) Grade Policy.
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