Differential Equations
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Differential equations are, in addition to a topic of study in mathematics, the main language in which the laws and phenomena of science are expressed. In basic terms, a differential equation is an expression that describes how a system changes from one moment of time to another, or from one point in space to another. When working with differential equations, the ultimate goal is to move from a microscopic view of relevant physics to a macroscopic view of the behavior of a system as a whole.
Let’s look at a simple differential equation. Based on previous math and physics courses, you know that a car that is constantly accelerating in the xdirection obeys the equation d^{2}x/dt^{2} = a, where a is the applied acceleration. This equation has two derivations with respect to time, so it is a secondorder differential equation; because it has derivations with respect to only one variable (in this example, time), it is known as an ordinary differential equation, or an ODE.
Let’s say that we want to solve the above ODE for the position of the car as a function of time. We can do so by using direct integration: the integration of both sides with respect to time gives us dx/dt = at + c, where c is a constant of integration. If the velocity of the car is known to be a particular value at some point in time T, we can solve for c as c = [dx/dt]_{t=T} / aT. More simply, if the velocity is zero at time 0, then c = 0. Integrating again gives us the desired solution: x(t) = at^{2}/2 + ct + e, where e is another constant of integration. Again, if the position of the car at t=0 is taken to be zero, then the solution for the position of the car becomes x(t) = at^{2}/2. It is useful to note that checking the validity of a solution to an ODE is easily accomplished by substituting it back into the ODE.
Unfortunately, not all differential equations are this easy to solve. Generally, an ODE is a functional relation (it would be a function, except that the “variables” are themselves functions!) between an independent variable t, a dependent function U(t), and some of its derivatives d^{i}U(t)/dt^{i}. An ODE is linear if it can be written as a functional relation in which no powers of U or its derivatives appear—otherwise, the ODE is nonlinear. For the most part, nonlinear ODEs can only be solved numerically; this course will focus on linear ODEs.
This course will also introduce several other subclasses and their respective properties. However, despite centuries of study, the only practical approach to the solution of complicated ODEs that has emerged is numerical approximation. Although these numerical techniques are the subject of numerical analysis courses (see MA213: Numerical Analysis), this course will introduce you to the fundamentals behind numerical solutions.
The prerequisites for this course are MA101, MA102, MA103, and MA211. Considerable motivation will be gained if PHYS101 and PHYS102 are also taken as pre or corequisites.
This course will make use of a PDF text by Paul Dawkins of Lamar University as its principal reading material. You may wish to download this PDF at the outset of this course so that you have it on hand throughout. You can find this file by clicking here and then looking for the line that says “Here is the file you requested: Differential Equations (Math 3301).” Click on the link associated with “Differential Equations (Math 3301).”
Learning Outcomes showclose
 identify ordinary differential equations and their respective orders;
 explain and demonstrate how differential equations are used to model certain situations;
 solve first order differential equations as well as initial value problems;
 solve linear differential equations with constant coefficients;
 use power series to find solutions of linear differential equations;
 solve linear systems of differential equations with constant coefficients;
 use the Laplace transform to solve initial value problems; and
 use select methods of numerical approximation to find solutions to differential equations.
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√ Be competent in the English language.
√ Have read the Saylor Student Handbook.
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Unit 1: Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations
In this unit, we will examine ODEs, their use, and their types. We will also take a look at some classic ODEbased problems. While this course will focus on the solution of linear initialvalue problems expressed as ODEs, you should know the limits and characteristics of the various classes of ODE as well.
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1.1 Introduction to the Study of ODEs
 Reading: Lamar University: Paul Dawkins’ Differential Equations: “Basic Concepts”
Link: Lamar University: Paul Dawkins’ Differential Equations: “Basic Concepts” (PDF)
Instructions: Click on the link above and then look for the line that says “Here is the file you requested: Differential Equations (Math 3301).” Click on the link associated with “Differential Equations (Math 3301).” Read only the section titled “Differential Equation” on page 2. This reading will be used again in Unit 3.
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1.2 Classification of ODEs
 Reading: Lamar University: Paul Dawkins’ Differential Equations: “Basic Concepts”
Link: Lamar University: Paul Dawkins’ Differential Equations: “Basic Concepts” (PDF)
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1.3 Examples of ODEs and their Solutions
 Reading: Lamar University: Paul Dawkins’ Differential Equations: “Basic Concepts “
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Instructions: Click on the PDF linked above and read the whole chapter.
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Link: YouTube: Dr. Chris Tisdell’s “What is a Differential Equation?” (YouTube)
Instructions: Watch this 23minute video for a summary of some of the concepts that you have studied so far.
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1.4 Linear ODEs and the Superposition Principle
 Reading: Lamar University: Paul Dawkins’ Differential Equations: “Basic Concepts”
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Instructions: Click on the link above and then look for the line that says “Here is the file you requested: Differential Equations (Math 3301).” Click on the link associated with “Differential Equations (Math 3301).” Read only the section titled “Linear Differential Equations” on page 3.
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Link: Khan Academy: “What is a Differential Equation” (YouTube)
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1.5 Initial Value Problems
 Reading: Lamar University: Paul Dawkins’ Differential Equations: “Basic Concepts”
Link: Lamar University: Paul Dawkins’ Differential Equations: “Basic Concepts” (PDF)
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1.6 Boundary Value Problems
 Reading: Lamar University: Paul Dawkins’ Differential Equations: “Boundary Value Problems & Fourier Series”
Link: Lamar University: Paul Dawkins’ Differential Equations: “Boundary Value Problems & Fourier Series” (PDF)
Instructions: Click on the link above and then look for the line that says “Here is the file you requested: Differential Equations (Math 3301).” Click on the link associated with “Differential Equations (Math 3301).” Read only the first three pages of the section titled “Boundary Value Problems” on pages 375 to 377.
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 Reading: Lamar University: Paul Dawkins’ Differential Equations: “Boundary Value Problems & Fourier Series”

Unit 2: First Order ODEs
In this unit, we examine the simplest class of ODEs: the linear firstorder ODEs. There are at least three reasons for starting here. First, these are the simplest ODEs that exist. Second, they obey rather general existence and uniqueness theorems—that is, you can be determine whether a solution can be obtained, and can ensure that there is only one solution. Finally, any n^{th} order linear ODE can be converted into a system of n firstorder ODEs. This is why the theory of firstorder ODEs serves as a foundation for the entire field.
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 2.1 Examples of Firstorder ODEs

2.1.1 Radioactive Decay
 Reading: University of British Columbia: Leah Keshet’s Math 102 Course Notes: “Chapter 9”
Link: University of British Columbia: Leah Keshet’s Math 102 Course Notes: “Chapter 9” (PDF)
Instructions: Click on the link above, then click on the link for “9. Exponential Growth and Decay: Differential Equations.” Go to page 11. Please read sections 9.9 and 9.10 on pages 11 and 12.
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Instructions: Click on the link above and read the sections titled: “Introduction,” “Malthusian Growth,” and “Radioactive Decay.”
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 Reading: University of British Columbia: Leah Keshet’s Math 102 Course Notes: “Chapter 9”

2.1.2 Discharge of a Capacitor
 Reading: Georgia State University: Department of Physics and Astronomy’s Hyperphysics: “Capacitor Discharge”
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 Reading: Georgia State University: Department of Physics and Astronomy’s Hyperphysics: “Capacitor Discharge”

2.1.3 Atmospheric Pressure
 Reading: Home Climate Analysis Blog’s “Atmospheric Pressure”
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Instructions: Read from the beginning to the end of “Example 1.”
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2.2 All Nthorder ODEs Are Systems of N Firstorder ODEs
 Reading: Jirka.org: Jiri Lebl’s Notes on Diffy Qs: “Chapter 3”: “3.1 Introduction to Systems of ODEs”
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2.3 Picard’s Existence Theorem for First Order ODEs
 Reading: Jirka.org: Jiri Lebl’s Notes on Diffy Qs: “Chapter 1”: “First Order ODE’s”
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2.4 Direction Fields and Trajectories as Solutions
 Reading: Lamar University: Paul Dawkins’ Differential Equations: “Basic Concepts”: “Direction Fields”
Link: Lamar University: Paul Dawkins’ Differential Equations: “Basic Concepts”: “Direction Fields” (PDF)
Instructions: Click on the link above and then look for the line that says “Here is the file you requested: Differential Equations (Math 3301).” Click on the link associated with “Differential Equations (Math 3301).” Please read the entire section titled “Direction Fields” on pages 8 to 18.
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 Reading: MIT: Professor Arthur Mattuck’s 18.03 Differential Equations: Notes and Exercises: “Graphical and Numerical Methods”
Link: MIT: Professor Arthur Mattuck’s 18.03 Differential Equations: Notes and Exercises: “Graphical and Numerical Methods” (PDF)
Instructions: Read the first two pages (Pages 0 and 1) of these notes, up to the end of the section titled “1. Graphical Methods.”
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Instructions: Work through all items in exercise 1C1 on pages 3 and 4 of the document. When you finish, check your work with the answers in “Section 1 Solutions”, starting on page 9.
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 Reading: Lamar University: Paul Dawkins’ Differential Equations: “Basic Concepts”: “Direction Fields”

2.5 Linear ODEs
 Reading: Lamar University: Paul Dawkins’ Differential Equations: “First Order Differential Equations”: “Linear Differential Equations”
Link: Lamar University: Paul Dawkins’ Differential Equations: “First Order Differential Equations”: “Linear Differential Equations” (PDF)
Instructions: Click on the link above and then look for the line that says “Here is the file you requested: Differential Equations (Math 3301).” Click on the link associated with “Differential Equations (Math 3301).” Read the section titled “Linear Differential Equations” on pages 21 to 33. Try to work through the examples by yourself first and then read through the text to check your work.
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Link: Furman University: Dan Sloughter’s Difference Equations to Differential Equations: “Chapter 8: Differential Equations”: “Section 8.3: First Order Differential Equations” (PDF)
Instructions: Click on the link above, scroll down to “Chapter 8: Differential Equations.” Under that title, click on the link for “First Order Linear Differential Equations.” Read the entire section.
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 Assessment: Furman University: Dan Sloughter’s Difference Equations to Differential Equations: “Chapter 8: Differential Equations”: “Section 8.3: First Order Differential Equations: “Problems”
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Instructions: Click on the link above and scroll down to “Chapter 8: Differential Equations.” Then click on the link for “First Order Linear Differential Equations.” Go to page 5 and work with problems: 1a, c, d; 2a; 3b, c, d; 5b; 6b, c. After you finish, click here for the solutions.
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 Assessment: Carleton University: A. Mingarelli’s Calculus: “Functions and Their properties”: “Exercises: Differential Equations”
Link: Carleton University: A. Mingarelli’s Calculus: “Functions and Their Properties”: “Exercises: Differential Equations” (PDF)
Instructions: Click on the link above and scroll down until you see “Fall, Winter 2001, 2002. TENTATIVE OUTLINE.” Continue scrolling down until you reach the row corresponding to week 23. Go to the last cell in that row and click on the link “Exercises on Differential Equations.” Work with the exercises, looking at the answers only after you finish them yourself first.
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 Reading: Lamar University: Paul Dawkins’ Differential Equations: “First Order Differential Equations”: “Linear Differential Equations”

2.6 Exact ODEs and Integrating Factors
 Reading: Lamar University: Paul Dawkins’ Differential Equations: “First Order Differential Equations”: “Exact Differential Equations”
Link: Lamar University: Paul Dawkins’ Differential Equations: “First Order Differential Equations”: “Exact Differential Equations” (PDF)
Instructions: Click on the link above and then look for the line that says “Here is the file you requested: Differential Equations (Math 3301).” Click on the link associated with “Differential Equations (Math 3301).” Please read the section titled: “Exact Differential Equations” on pages 45 to 55. Try to solve examples 2, 3, 4 and 5 on your own before reading the solution explained in the reading.
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Instructions: Click on the link above, then scroll down until you find the tutorial titled “Exact Differential Equations.” Click on the corresponding link. Go to page 4 and work on exercises 1 to 11 on pages 4 to 6. After finishing each exercise, click on the “EXERCISE” link for full worked solution.
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 Reading: Lamar University: Paul Dawkins’ Differential Equations: “First Order Differential Equations”: “Exact Differential Equations”

2.7 Separable ODEs
 Reading: Lamar University: Paul Dawkins’ Differential Equations: “First Order Differential Equations”: “Separable Differential Equations”
Link: Lamar University: Paul Dawkins’ Differential Equations: “First Order Differential Equations”: “Separable Differential Equations” (PDF)
Instructions: Click on the link above and then look for the line that says “Here is the file you requested: Differential Equations (Math 3301).” Click on the link associated with “Differential Equations (Math 3301).” Read the section titled “Separable Differential Equations” on pages 34 to 44. Try to solve examples 3, 4, 5, and 6 on your own. After finishing, check your work against the solution provided by the text.
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Link: Furman University: Dan Sloughter’s Difference Equations to Differential Equations:“Chapter 8: Differential Equations”: “Section 8.2: Separation of Variables” (PDF)
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 Assessment: Furman University: Dan Sloughter’s Difference Equations to Differential Equations: “Chapter 8: Differential Equations”: “Section 8.2: Separation of Variables: Problems”
Link: Furman University: Dan Sloughter’s Difference Equations to Differential Equations:“Chapter 8: Differential Equations”: “Section 8.2: Separation of Variables”: “Problems” (PDF)
Instructions: Click on the link above and scroll down to “Chapter 8: Differential Equations.” Click on the link for “Separation of Variables.” Go to page 7 and work through the following problems: 1a, 1c, 1e, 1g, 2a, 2c, 3a, 4a, 4c, 4e, and 5b. After you finish, check your work against the solutions provided here.
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 Assessment: University of Salford: “Mathematics HyperTutorials”: “Ordinary Differential Equations Math Tutorials”: “Separation of Variables”
Link: University of Salford: “Mathematics HyperTutorials”: “Ordinary Differential Equations Math Tutorials”: “Separation of Variables” (PDF)
Instructions: Click on the link above, then scroll down until you find the tutorial titled “Separation of Variables.” Click on the corresponding link. Go to page 4 and work on exercises 1 to 16 on pages 4 to 8. After finishing each exercise, click on the “EXERCISE” link for full worked solution.
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Instructions: Please click on the PDF above. Work through all items in exercises 1A3, 1A4, and 1A5 on page 1. When you finish please check your answers for these exercises against “Section 1 Solutions”
 Reading: Lamar University: Paul Dawkins’ Differential Equations: “First Order Differential Equations”: “Separable Differential Equations”

2.8 Bernoulli Equations
 Reading: Lamar University: Paul Dawkins’ Differential Equations: “First Order Differential Equations”: “Bernoulli Differential Equations”
Link: Lamar University: Paul Dawkins’ Differential Equations: “First Order Differential Equations”: “Bernoulli Differential Equations” (PDF)
Instructions: Click on the link above and then look for the line that says “Here is the file you requested: Differential Equations (Math 3301).” Click on the link associated with “Differential Equations (Math 3301).” Read the section titled “Bernoulli Differential Equations” on pages 56 to 62. Try to work through examples 2, 3, and 4 on your own before reading through the text.
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2.9 Homogeneous ODEs
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Unit 3: HigherOrder Linear ODEs
While one can always convert a higherorder ODE into a system of firstorder ODEs, this is not always the best approach toward solving the ODE. Homogeneous linear ODEs with constant coefficients are a particularly easytosolve class of ODEs. In order to find a solution of an N^{th}order linear ODE with constant coefficients, you need to find the roots of an N^{th}order polynomial.
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Finding solutions is not quite as simple for the case of linear ODEs with variable coefficients—that is, with coefficients that are functions of the independent variable. These ODEs are not generally solvable in closed form, but methods for solving some special cases do exist.
The general solution to nonhomogeneous linear ODEs is the addition of the general solution of the related homogeneous ODE plus a particular solution of the nonhomogeneous ODE. There are a number of approaches to finding a particular solution, and we will sample several of the most straightforward. However, finding particular solutions is less a process of following an algorithm than it is an art form.
You are already familiar with the idea that nearly any “wellbehaved” function can be approximated by a power series. You can use this concept to find solutions to a wide range of ODEs. In most cases, the solution itself is expressed as a power series, a fact that has led to the development of an enormous field of applied mathematics known as “special functions theory,” to which we will return later. In this unit, we will examine the solution of a specific example—Bessel’s equation (which was actually introduced by Bernoulli!).
 3.1 Examples of SecondOrder Linear Differential Equations

3.1.1 Newton’s Law of Motion
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3.1.2 Motion of a Mass on a Spring
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3.1.3 Motion with Air Resistance
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3.1.4 OneDimensional TimeIndependent Schrödinger Equation
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3.2 Higher Order Differential Equations
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3.2.1 Homogeneous Linear ODEs with Constant Coefficients
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3.2.2 Homogeneous Linear ODEs with Variable Coefficients
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3.2.3 EulerCauchy ODEs
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3.2.4 Nonhomogeneous Linear ODEs – Finding Particular Solutions
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3.2.4.1 Linear Differential Operators
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3.2.4.2 Trial Solutions – Method of Undetermined Coefficients
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3.2.4.3 Variation of Parameters
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3.2.4.4 Reduction of Order
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3.2.4.5 Method of Inverse Operators
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3.3 Power Series Solutions of Linear Differential Equations
 Reading: Jirka.org: Jiri Lebl’s Notes on Diffy Qs: “Power Series Methods”: “7.1 Power Series”
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3.3.1 Power Series Solutions about an Ordinary Point
 Reading: Lamar University: Paul Dawkins’ Differential Equations: “Series Solutions to Differential Equations”: “Series Solutions to Differential Equations”
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3.3.2 Singular Points: The Frobenius Method
 Reading: California State University, East Bay: Massoud Malek’s Differential Equations: “Series Solutions of Linear Differential Equations”
Link: California State University, East Bay: Massoud Malek’s Differential Equations: “Series Solutions of Linear Differential Equations” (PDF)
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 Reading: California State University, East Bay: Massoud Malek’s Differential Equations: “Series Solutions of Linear Differential Equations”

3.3.3 Bessel’s Equation
 Reading: University of Hartford: Virginia Noonburg’s M344 Advanced Engineering Mathematics: “Lecture 6: Bessel’s Equation”
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Unit 4: Systems of Linear Differential Equations
In the previous units, we worked with differential equations with one unknown function. However, some problems involve several functions that depend on a single variable. In these cases, a system of ordinary differential equations can be created to model the problem.
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The concept of the differential operator will help us develop techniques for solving systems of linear ODEs. Briefly, if we define the differentiation operator D_{x} = d/dx, so that D_{x}Y = dY/dx, a general linear ordinary differential equation can be written as a polynomial in D_{x}. This allows us to form an equivalence between a system of linear ODEs and a matrix equation, which can then be solved as an eigenvalue problem using linear algebra. This is quite a boon, as most problems in linear algebra can indeed be solved!
 4.1 Examples of Systems of ODEs

4.1.1 Mass and Spring Systems
 Reading: Jirka.org: Jiri Lebl’s Notes on Diffy Qs: “Systems of ODEs”: “3.1 Introduction to Systems of ODEs”
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4.1.2 The PredatorPrey Model
 Reading: Scholarpedia.org: Frank Hoppensteadt’s “PredatorPrey Model”
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4.1.3 The Double Pendulum
 Reading: The MathWorks: Cleve Moler’s Numerical Computing with MATLAB: “Ordinary Differential Equations”
Link: The MathWorks: Cleve Moler’s Numerical Computing with MATLAB: “Ordinary Differential Equations” (PDF)
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 Reading: The MathWorks: Cleve Moler’s Numerical Computing with MATLAB: “Ordinary Differential Equations”

4.2 Existence and Uniqueness Theorems
 Reading: Michigan State University: Sheldon Newhouse’s Math 235 Lecture Notes: “16. Systems of Differential Equations”
Link: Michigan State University: Sheldon Newhouse’s Math 235 Lecture Notes: “16. Systems of Differential Equations” (PDF)
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 Reading: Michigan State University: Sheldon Newhouse’s Math 235 Lecture Notes: “16. Systems of Differential Equations”

4.3 Conversion to Systems of FirstOrder ODEs
 Reading: Wikipedia’s Ordinary Differential Equation: “Reduction to a First Order System”
Link: Wikipedia’s Ordinary Differential Equation: “Reduction to a First Order System” (PDF)
Instructions: Click on the link above. Read the sections titled: “Reduction to a First Order System” and “Linear Ordinary Differential Equations.”
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 Reading: Wikipedia’s Ordinary Differential Equation: “Reduction to a First Order System”

4.4 Linear AlgebraBased Solutions of Systems of Linear ODEs
 Reading: Jirka.org: Jiri Lebl’s Notes on Diffy Qs: “Systems of ODEs”: “3.4 Eingenvalue Method”
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Instructions: Click on the link above and then look for the line that says “Here is the file you requested: Differential Equations (Math 3301).” Click on the link associated with “Differential Equations (Math 3301).” Go to Page 303 and read the section titled “Nonhomogeneous Systems” on pages 303306.
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Unit 5: Integral Transforms
Integral transforms form another class of tools that can be used to convert linear differential equations into algebraic equations. An integral transform is a mathematical operator that transforms a function on which it operates into another function through integration over a kernel. Often, by applying an integral transform, a complex function can be represented as a sum of functions (usually known as special functions) that are simpler to manipulate in the context of the underlying ODE. This technique is closely related to the earlier discussion of power series solutions.
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A wide variety of integral transforms find application in the study of linear differential equations. One useful feature of integral transforms is spectral factorization, or the representation of an arbitrary function as the sum of a series of orthogonal basis functions. The differential equation is thereby transformed into an algebraic problem, which can be solved using linear algebra. Once the solution is obtained, the solution to the original problem can be found by applying an inverse integral transform.

5.1 Introduction to Integral Transforms
 Reading: Dublin City University: Eugene O’Riordan’s “MS227. Linear Mathematics”: “Laplace Transform”
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5.2 Discrete Spectra  The Laplace Transform
 Reading: Lamar University: Paul Dawkins’ Differential Equations: “Laplace Transforms”: “The Definition”
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 Reading: Lamar University: Paul Dawkins’ Differential Equations: “Laplace Transforms”: “The Definition”

5.3 The Inverse Laplace Transform
 Reading: Lamar University: Paul Dawkins’ Differential Equations: “Laplace Transforms”: “Inverse Laplace Transforms”
Link: Lamar University: Paul Dawkins’ Differential Equations: “Laplace Transforms”: “Inverse Laplace Transforms” (PDF)
Instructions: Click on the link above and then look for the line that says “Here is the file you requested: Differential Equations (Math 3301).” Click on the link associated with “Differential Equations (Math 3301).” Read the section titled: “Inverse Laplace Transforms” on pages 191 to 201. Work on examples 2 and 3 on your own before looking at the solutions. After finishing with your work, look at the solutions.
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 Reading: Lamar University: Paul Dawkins’ Differential Equations: “Laplace Transforms”: “Inverse Laplace Transforms”

5.4 Using Laplace Transforms to Solve Initial Value Problems
 Reading: Lamar University: Paul Dawkins’ Differential Equations: “Laplace Transforms”: “Solving IVP’s with Laplace Transforms”
Link: Lamar University: Paul Dawkins’ Differential Equations: “Laplace Transforms”: “Solving IVP’s with Laplace Transforms” (PDF)
Instructions: Click on the link above and then look for the line that says “Here is the file you requested: Differential Equations (Math 3301).” Click on the link associated with “Differential Equations (Math 3301).” Go to page 215 and read the section titled “Solving IVP’s with Laplace Transforms” on pages 215 to 221. Work on examples 2 and 3 on your own. After you finish, look at the solutions in the reading.
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 Reading: Lamar University: Paul Dawkins’ Differential Equations: “Laplace Transforms”: “Solving IVP’s with Laplace Transforms”

Unit 6: Numerical Methods
Until now, we have studied particular kinds of equations for which we have methods to find analytical solutions. In most cases, however, it is impossible to find such solutions, and we must accordingly rely on methods of numerical approximation.
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Reasonably enough, the technique for obtaining a solution for an ODE that can be written as a system of firstorder ODEs is numerical integration. Roughly speaking, the value for the derivative of the desired solution is numerically integrated in order to obtain a solution to the ODE. As numerical integration is a rather stable process (meaning that the result can be made arbitrarily close to the value of the actual integral), automated solver programs can numerically integrate a wide range of ODEs. Note that nonlinear ODEs can be solved by numerical integration! Despite the scope of numerical methods, however, it is important to appreciate their limitations.

6.1 Verlet Integration
 Reading: Wikipedia’s “Verlet Integration”
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6.2 PredictorCorrector Methods
 Reading: Wikipedia’s “PredictorCorrector Method”
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6.3 RungeKutta Methods
 Reading: MIT: “Honors Differential Equations”: Ernest Ngaruiya’s “Numerical Approximations in Differential Equations: The RungeKutta Method”
Link: MIT: “Honors Differential Equations”: Ernest Ngaruiya’s “Numerical Approximations in Differential Equations: The RungeKutta Method” (PDF)
Instructions: Click on the link above. Scroll down and click on the link for “18034 Honors Differential Equations.” Read the entire paper.
Terms of Use: Please respect the copyright and terms of use displayed on the webpages above.  Reading: Furman University: Dan Sloughter’s Difference Equations to Differential Equations: “Chapter 8: Differential Equations”: “Section 8.1: Numerical Solutions of Differential Equations”
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 Reading: Furman University: Dan Sloughter’s Difference Equations to Differential Equations: “Chapter 8: Differential Equations”: “Section 8.1: Numerical Solutions of Differential Equations”: “Problems”
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 Reading: MIT: “Honors Differential Equations”: Ernest Ngaruiya’s “Numerical Approximations in Differential Equations: The RungeKutta Method”

6.4 AdamsBashforth and AdamsMoulton Methods
 Reading: Wapedia’s “Wiki: Linear Multistep Method”
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Unit 7: Nonlinear ODEs
This course has concentrated on the properties and solutions of linear ODEs, but we have also seen methods that apply to the occasional nonlinear ODE. While the detailed study of solution methods for nonlinear ODEs lies beyond the scope of this course, it is worthwhile looking at a few examples.
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7.1 Riccati Equations
 Web Media: SOS Math: Mohamed Amine Khamsi’s “Ricatti Equations”Link: SOS Math: Mohamed Amine Khamsi’s “Ricatti Equations” (HTML)
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7.2 Nurgaliev’s Law
 Reading: Wikipedia’s “Nurgaliev’s Law”
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7.3 LotkaVolterra Equation
 Reading: Wikipedia’s “LotkaVolterra Equation”
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7.4 Segway Dynamics – Inverted Pendulum
 Reading: Wikipedia’s “Inverted Pendulum”
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7.5 Chaotic Dynamics – The Double Pendulum
 Reading: Wikipedia’s “Double Pendulum”
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Final Exam
 Final Exam: The Saylor Foundation's "MA221 Final Exam"
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