Rose-Hulman - Department of Mathematics - Course Syllabus
MA222 - Differential Equations and Matrix Algebra II - 2010-11
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Catalogue Description and Prerequisites
MA 222 Differential Equations and Matrix Algebra II 4R-0L-4C W, S Pre:
Solution of systems of first order linear differential equations by eigensystems and investigation of
their solution structure determined by eigensystems. Phase portrait analysis and classification of the
nature of the stability of critical points for linear and nonlinear systems. Laplace transforms. Solving
small systems of first order linear differential equations by Laplace transforms. Series solutions. Fourier
series. Applications to problems in science and engineering.
Prerequisite: All of the topics in MA221 will be assumed. In addition,
familiarity with some Maple commands form Calculus is assumed. The Maple files MapleIntRGL.mws
(introduction) and calcrev.mws (review for DE) may be helpful. These files
are available on Angel in the (Rose-Only) Mathematics Course Information Repository.
- Provide an introduction to systems of differential equations.
- Provide an introduction to Laplace transform methods.
- Provide an introduction to Fourier series and series methods of solutions.
- Develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of transformation and
approximation methods (by studying Laplace, series, and Fourier methods).
- Improve mathematical modeling and analytical problem solving skills.
- Develop ability to communicate mathematically.
- Improve skill using the computer as a tool for mathematical analysis and
- Introduce applications of mathematics, especially to science and engineering.
Textbook and other required materials
Textbook: Text: Differential Equations with Boundary Value Problems, second edition, by Polking,
Bogess, and Arnold
Computer Usage: Maple13
must be available on your laptop.
- Laplace Transforms
- Definition of Laplace transform and standard table; inverse transform
- Basic properties and theorems
- Delta and Heaviside functions
- Transfer functions
- Solution of linear systems by Laplace transforms - briefly by examining
small systems only
- Applications as appropriate - e.g., salt tanks, spring-mass systems, and electrical circuits.
- Systems of first order differential equations
- Solution and solution structure determined by eigensystem, for x' = Ax and x' = Ax
+ b, (b constant and A invertible)
- Trajectories and phase portrait for x' = Ax and x' = Ax + b near critical
- Classification and stability of critical points for linear systems
- Phase portrait, linearization, and stability of critical points for non-linear systems
- Numerical solutions of systems
- Applications as appropriate - e.g., predator/prey and competing species for phase portraits,
tanks for eigenvalue methods
- Approximation Fourier Series
- Numerical solutions
- Sine and cosine series
- Applications to ordinary differential equations, as appropriate - e.g.,
endpoint problems, steady-state solutions with periodic forcing functions
Course Requirements and Policies
The following policies and requirements will apply to all sections and classes:
A summary of the computer policy
Students will be expected to demonstrate a minimal level of competency with
a relevant computer algebra system. The computer algebra system will be an integral
part of the course and will be used regularly in class work, in homework assignments
and during quizzes/exams. Students will also be expected to demonstrate the
ability to perform certain elementary computations by hand. (See Performance
Paper and pencil and Laplace transform table
- Solve 2x2 systems of differential equations (linear, autonomous, including
x' = Ax + b)
- Compute elementary Laplace transforms from the definition and standard
- Solve simple scalar differential equations using Laplace transforms
- Linearize systems of non-linear equations, determining
and classifying critical points
- Sketch phase portraits of simple systems
- Compute Fourier coefficients of simple functions
- Euler's method for two variable systems - a couple of iterations
- Solve simple ODE's using power series.
- Maple competencies from the calculus sequence and MA221
- Use Maple to solve systems of differential equations, including plotting
solutions and solution curve
- Use Maple to plot and analyze phase portraits and direction fields, including
critical point analysis
- Use Maple to compute Laplace and inverse Laplace transforms
- Use Maple to solve and analyze differential equations, using Laplace transforms
- Use Maple to compute Fourier series
Final Exam Policy
The following is an extract from the final
exam policy page. Consult the policy page for complete details.
The final exam will consist of two parts. The first part will be "by hands" (paper,
pencil). No computing devices (calculators/computers) will be allowed during
the first part of the final exam. This part of the exam will cover both computational
fundamentals as well as some conceptual interpretation, though the level of
difficulty and depth of conceptual interpretation must take into account that
this part of the exam will be shorter than the second part of the exam.
The laptop, starting with a blank Maple work sheet, and a calculator, may be
used during the second part of the exam. No "cheat sheets", prepared Maple
worksheets or prepared program on the calculator may be used. The second
part of the exam will cover all skills: concepts, calculation, modeling,
problem solving, and interpretation.
Individual Instructor Policies
Your instructor will determine the following for your class:
*Note that most instructors will enforce some type of grade
penalty for students with more than four unexcused absences.
- the grading scheme, based on the various course components.
- the number and format of hour exams, quizzes, homework
assignments, in class assignments, and projects,
- the policies governing the work items above, e.g.,
whether the computer will be used, what collaboration is allowed, and the
format of assignments.
- all policies for classroom procedure, including
group work, class participation, laptop use and attendance*.