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MATH 345 : Differential Equations and Matrix Methods

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College of Arts & Sciences (WARSC)
Differential Equations and Matrix Methods
This course is a study of the treatment of ordinary differential equations to include principle types of first and second order equations; methods of substitution on simple higher order equations; linear equations and systems of linear equations with constant coefficients; methods of undetermined coefficients and variation of parameters; Laplace transforms; series solutions; linear algebra and matrix methods of solutions; applications to physics and engineering.

The purpose of this course is to provide intermediate mathematical skills for students to use in many of the applications they will encounter in future engineering courses.

1. Recognize and solve separable, homogeneous, exact, and linear first order differential equations.

2. Construct and solve appropriate differential equations for applied problems involving mixtures, populations, and Newtonian Mechanics.

3. Calculate numerical solutions of differential equations.

4. Solve homogeneous, linear second and higher order differential equations with constant coefficients.

5. Solve non-homogeneous, linear second and higher order differential equations with constant coefficients by the Method of Undetermined Coefficients and the Method of Variation of Parameters.

6. Construct and solve applied problems involving mechanical vibrations, forced vibrations, and electric circuits.

7. Compute Laplace transforms of polynomials, exponential and trigonometric function.

8. Compute inverse Laplace transforms of rational functions and solve initial-value problems by Laplace Transform Method.

9. Find a power series solution to a given differential equation.

10. Solve a linear system by the Gauss-Jordan elimination method and by Matrix Methods.

11. Compute eigenvalues and eigenvectors of a given matrix.

12. Solve systems of 1st order linear differential equations by Matrix Methods

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Undergraduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
60 - 69% D
0 - 60% F

Graduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
0 - 69% F
Heather L Garten, Ph.D. - 3/31/2015
Johnelle Korioth, Ph.D. - 3/31/2015
Johnelle Korioth, Ph.D. - 3/31/2015
Dr. James Schultz – 3/31/2015
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