MATH 250: Ordinary Differential Equations
Spring 2010
Course schedule for Section 3


Here is a tentative schedule (subject to minor changes):

Week Topics Chapters
1/11-1/15 introduction, linear equations 1.1-1.3, 2.1
1/18-1/22 linear equations, seperable equations (no class on Mon. 1/18), 2.1, 2.2
1/25-1/29 modeling, difference 2.3, 2.4
2/1-2/5 autonomous equations, constant coefficients, fundamental solutions 2.5, 3.1, 3.2
2/8-2/12 Wronskian, complex roots 3.2, 3.3, 3.4
2/15-2/19 repeated roots, nonhomogenemous equations 3.4, 3.5
2/22-2/26 nonhomogenemous equations, review I, mechanical vibrations 3.5, review I, 3.7
3/1-3/5 nth order linear equations, homogeneous equations, Laplace transform 4.1, 4.2, 6.1
3/8-3/12 Spring break, no classes (no classes)
3/15-3/19 initial value problems, step functions 6.2, 6.3
3/22-3/26 review II (2 classes), step functions review IIa, review IIb, 6.3
3/29-4/2 discontinuous forcing functions, impulse functions, systems of ODE's 6.4, 6.5, 7.1
4/5-4/9 classification of critical points, phase portraits 7.5-7.8
4/12-4/16 critical points, phase portraits, nonhomogeneous systems, numerical methods 7.8, 7.9, 8.1
4/19-4/23 phase plane, autonomous systems and stability, locally linear systems 9.1, 9.2, 9.3
4/26-4/30 locally linear systems, final review (2 classes) 9.3, final reviews a, b


Dates of the two midterm examinations:

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