• Offered by Department of Mathematics
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Mathematics
  • Areas of interest Mathematics
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Andrew Hassell
    • Dr Dayal Wickramasinghe
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2015
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Maths Methods 1 Honours: Ordinary Differential Equations and Advanced Vector Calculus (MATH2405)

This course provides an in depth exposition of the theory of differential equations and vector calculus. Applications will be related to problems mainly from the Physical Sciences.

Topics to be covered include:

Ordinary Differential Equations - Linear and non-linear first and second order differential equations; existence and uniqueness of solutions; solution methods; the use of Green’s functions; power series solutions; Bessel and Legendre equations; the gamma function; systems of first and second order equations; equilibrium points and stability; phase portraits; elementary bifurcation theory; the van der Pol equation; normal modes of oscillation; boundary value problems; regular and singular Sturm-Liouville systems and eigenvalue problems; generalized Fourier series.

Advanced Vector Calculus - Curves and surfaces in three dimensions; parametric representations; curvilinear coordinate systems; surface and volume integrals; use of Jacobians; scalar and vector fields; gradient, divergence and curl in orthogonal curvilinear coordinates. identities involving vector differential operators; the Laplacian; Green’s theorem in the plane; Divergence and Stoke’s theorems; scalar and vector potentials.

Note: This is an HPC, taught at a level requiring greater conceptual understanding than MATH2305.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

1. Explain the fundamental concepts of differential equations and vector calculus and their role in modern mathematics and applied contexts.
2. Demonstrate accurate and efficient use of techniques involved in solving differential equations and applying vector differential operators.
3. Demonstrate capacity for mathematical reasoning through analyzing, proving and explaining concepts from the theory of differential equations.
4. Apply problem-solving using techniques in differential equations and vector calculus in diverse situations in physics, engineering and other mathematical contexts.

Indicative Assessment

Assessment will be based on:

  • Eight assignments (25% in total; LO 1-4)
  • Mid-semester test (25%; LO 1-4)
  • Final examination (50%; LO 1-4)

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48 lectures and 10 tutorials

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed MATH1116 with a a mark of 60 and above or MATH1014 with a mark of 80 and above. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed MATH2305.





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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $3096
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4146
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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1807 16 Feb 2015 06 Mar 2015 31 Mar 2015 29 May 2015 In Person N/A

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