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MT3504   Differential Equations

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 15

ECTS credits : 7

Level : SCQF Level 9

Semester: 1

Planned timetable: 9.00 am Mon (odd weeks), Wed and Fri

The object of this module is to provide a broad introduction to analytical methods for solving ordinary and partial differential equations and to develop students' understanding and technical skills in this area. This module is a prerequisite for several other Honours options. The syllabus includes: existence and uniqueness of solutions to initial-value problems; non-linear ODEs; phase-plane analysis; Green's functions for ODEs; Sturm-Liouville problems; first order PDE's; method of characteristics; classification of second order linear PDEs; method of separation of variables; characteristics and reduction to canonical form.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass MT2503

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 2.5 lectures (weeks 1 - 10) and 1 examples class (week 2 - 11).

Scheduled learning hours: 35

Guided independent study hours: 115

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: Written Examination = 100% (2-hour final exam = 90%, class test = 10%)

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 100%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 0%

Re-assessment: 2-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module coordinator: Prof A W Hood
Module teaching staff: Prof A Hood, Prof D Dritschel