MATH 263: Ordinary Differential Equations for Engineers. Fall 2020

This is home page for SECTION 2 of the course. This page is under construction
RESTRICTIONS: Open only to students in the Faculty of Engineering. Not open to students who are taking or have taken MATH 315 or MATH 325.
  • Course Coordinator: Prof. T. Humphries.
  • Section instructor: Prof. D. Jakobson
    Office Hours: Thursday, 10:00-11:00, on zoom.
    E-mail: first name.last name AT

  • There will be no class lectures because of COVID-19 restrictions. The lectures will be pre-recorded on zoom and posted on mycourses.
  • In addition, there will be two ``live'' problem-solving/questions and answers zoom sessions on Wednesday and Friday from 10:30-11:30
  • There will also be zoom office hours, times to be announced.
  • Lectures start Wednesday, September 2, 2020.
  • Lectures end on Thursday, December 3, 2020.

  • One hour per week (start date: Wed 9th September), on zoom.
  • Wed 2:35-3:25 Jennifer Tram Su
  • Fri 9:35-10:25 Marvin Li
  • Fri 4:25-5:25 Allen Liu
  • Mon 2:35-3:25 Adam Abouzahr

  • First order ODEs.
  • Second and higher order linear ODEs.
  • Series solutions at ordinary and regular singular points.
  • Laplace transforms.
  • Linear systems of differential equations with a short review of linear algebra.

  • Textbook:
  • W. Boyce and R. DiPrima. Elementary Differential Equations, any edition (recommended).
  • Other good textbooks include Nagle, Saff and Snider. Fundamentals of Differential Equations.

  • Midterm:
  • There will be an online midterm, covering the material of the first half of the semester, time and material to be announced.

  • Final:
  • There will be an online final exam. Details to be announced.

  • Grading scheme:
    Your final mark will be the largest of the following: [30% Webwork + 10% Written + 20% Midterm + 40% Final]; OR [30% Webwork + 10% Written + 60% Final].

  • The course will include several webwork assignments. Each assignment will cover the material discussed during approximately one week of classes.
  • Webwork assignments will count for 30% of your mark.
  • Webwork assignments will be linked to mycourses
  • The course will include two written assignments. Details to be announced.
  • Written assignments will count for 10% of your mark.

  • Web Links in Algebra, Analysis, Geometry and Differential Equations (some links may be out of date, will try to correct).
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