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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 Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Irakli Patchkoria

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

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

Alternative Assessment

3x Standard Course Assignments - 30%, 30% and 40%

Alternative Resit Assessment

Resubmission of failed elements (pass marks carried forward)

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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