Mathematics Department - Math 252 - Elementary Differential Equations

Math 252 - Elementary Differential Equations



General Resources

Course description


Textbook

Paul Blanchard, Robert L. Devaney & Glen Hall; Differential Equations, with DE Tools Printed Access Card (fourth edition); Cengage, 2011 (864 pp.); (ISBN: 9781133109037)


Syllabus

A suggested syllabus is available. Dr. Sontag's section can find that syllabus and course material's in the course's Sakai website!


Supplements

Available supplements, in a uniform PDF format are collected here.

  • N1 Introduction to first order equations, with an emphasis on modeling.
  • RTB1 Euler's method, including error estimate and application to existence and uniqueness of solutions.
  • N2 Some comments on bifurcations.
  • N3 Some Remarks on Phase Planes.
  • N4 Introduction to Matrix Exponentials.
  • RTB2 An easily remembered formula for exponentials of matrices with complex eigenvalues.
  • BW1 The method of variation of parameters for solving inhomogeneous systems.

Schedule Archives

Spring 2017 Schedule

InstructorType Index Section Day(s)/
Period
Time Room
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Campus
Molnar, David L 12452 03 MTh2 10:20 AM - 11:40 AM TIL-226 LIV
Sontag, Eduardo L 13767 05 TTh6 5:00 PM - 6:20 PM BRR-3085 LIV

Spring 2016

Note : Syllabus and course materials for Dr. Sontag's section in Spring 2016 are somewhat different, and they can found in the course's Sakai website.

Fall 2015 online office hours

The TA's for this course will host online office hours on the website Discourse Technologies at the following times.
  • Monday: 1:40PM–3:00PM (Voepel)
  • Wednesday: 12:00PM–1:20PM (Voepel)



Previous Semesters

For the schedule since 2006 use the drop-down menu above. For some additional links to individual instructor pages and their course materials see the archive.




History

The links below reflect the state of the course in August 2002, as we moved from the first to the second edition of the textbook. There were no major changes between the first, second, and third editions, so pages created for the first edition continue to be relevant. They are


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