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Course Overview

Differential equations play a prominent role in many disciplines including engineering, physics, economics, and biology. In this course we will study the concept of a differential equation systematically from a purely mathematical viewpoint. Such abstraction is fundamental to the understanding of this concept.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Zur Izhakian

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

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Course Description

A differential equation is a mathematical equation that relates a function with its derivatives. In applications, the functions usually represent physical quantities, the derivatives represent their rates of change, and the equation defines a relationship between the two. Differential equations are also key in purely mathematical theories such as Differential Geometry and many other subjects.

In this course we will cover the following aspects of the theory and techniques for solution of differential equations:

1. Exact Equations

2. First Order Equations

3. First and Second Order Linear Equations

4. Existence and Uniqueness Theorems

5. Picard's Method of Approximation

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 2 Lectures during University weeks 25 - 35
  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 26 - 35

More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for courses may be subject to change. All updates for first-half session courses will be actioned no later than 1700 (GMT) on 18 September 2020. All updates for second half-session courses will be actioned in advance of second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt

  • 2-hour written exam (80%)
  • In-course assessment (20%)


  • 2-hour written exam
  • Final grade is taken as best of either:
    • 100% resit paper OR
    • 80% resit paper and 20% coursework

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.


In course assessment graded within 2 weeks of assessment; Feedback given in written format.

Final exam will be red-marked to indicate full/partial/wrong answers.

Course Learning Outcomes


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