• Offered by Mathematical Sciences Institute
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Mathematics
  • Areas of interest Mathematics
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Brett Parker
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2024
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  • STEM Course

This course shows the modelling process in the context of differential equations and case studies from a number of areas such as population dynamics, economics, electric circuits, mechanical systems, fluid flow, physics and astrophysics. Analytic methods from the elementary theory of differential equations and calculus will be provided to allow for the analysis of the various models being investigated. The numerical package MATLAB will be used to study model behaviour and to obtain deeper understanding of the consequences of analytical studies.

Topics to be covered include:

First order differential equations; second order linear equations; systems of first order equations; nonlinear differential equations; power series solutions.

Advanced Vector Calculus - Curves and surfaces in three dimensions; parametric representations; curvilinear coordinate systems; Surface and volume integrals; gradient, divergence and curl; identities involving vector differential operators; Green's theorem, Stokes' theorem and the divergence theorem.


Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Explain the fundamental concepts of differential equations and vector calculus and their role in modern applied mathematics and real-world contexts.
  2. Develop and 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

  1. Exams (60) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. Workshop participation and presentation (8) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Assignments (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  4. Online homework (MATLAB Grader) (9) [LO 2,3,4]
  5. In-class activities (3) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:

  • Face-to face component which may include 2 hours of lectorials or 4 hours of lectures per week and up to 20 hours of workshops throughout the semester.
  • Approximately 7 hours of self-directed study per week, including weekly Matlab grader homework, preparation for lectorials, presentations and other assessment tasks. In the case that there are 4 hours of face-to-face lectures each week, self-directed study time will be approximately 5 hours per week.

Inherent Requirements

No specific inherent requirements have been identified for this course.

Requisite and Incompatibility

If you have successfully completed MATH1113 with a mark of at least 80 and are currently enrolled in MATH1014, then you may enrol in this course. Otherwise to enrol in this course you must have successfully completed either MATH1116 or MATH1014. Students who have achieved a mark of over 80 in MATH1013 may enrol in this course with a concurrent enrolment in MATH1014.

Prescribed Texts

 *) Dennis G. Zill, A First Course in Differential Equation with Modelling Applications.
 *) James Stewart, Essential Calculus (the same textbook used in MATH1013 and MATH1014).


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $4440
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $6360
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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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
2702 19 Feb 2024 26 Feb 2024 05 Apr 2024 24 May 2024 In Person View

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