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MATH 2860U

Course Outline
Fall 2009

Instructor: Wendi Morrison Office: To be determined

Telephone: To be determined Email: Please use webCT-mail

LECTURES Section 001: M 8:10 am – 9:30 am (University Pavilion J102)

R 9:40 am – 11:00 am (UA 1120)
Section 002: M 9:40 am – 11:00 am, R 8:10 am – 9:30 am (UB 2080)

TUTORIALS Mon: 4:10 pm – 5:00 pm, 7:10 pm – 8:00 pm

Tues: 2:10 pm – 3:00 pm
Wed: 9:10 am – 10:00 am, 10:10 am – 11:00 am, 1:10 pm – 2:00 pm
(Check online for locations.)

• Successful completion of MATH 1020, and MATH 1850 or 2050

• Differential Equations with Boundary Value Problems, D.G. Zill and M.R. Cullen, Brooks/Cole, 7th
edition, ISBN/ISSN: 0-495-10836-7. (required)
• Student Resources and Solutions Manual, Brooks/Cole, ISBN/ISSN: 0-495-38316-3. (recommended)

A study of differential equations that arise as models of phenomena in engineering. Topics include: first-
order equations; linear equations; second-order equations and their applications; systems of linear
equations; series solutions; Laplace transforms; introduction to partial differential equations.

Weeks 1 & 2: Introduction; First Order Equations
• Definition and classification of differential equations
• Modelling using differential equations
• Solving separable, linear, and exact equations.

Weeks 3 & 4: Modelling with First Order Equations; Higher Order Equations
• Linear Models
• Modelling with systems of differential equations
• Homogeneous equations with constant coefficients;
• Linear independence and the Wronskian
• Reduction of order

Weeks 5 & 6:  Higher Order Equations; Modelling with Higher Order Equations
• Homogeneous equations with constant coefficients
• Complex and repeated roots
• Applications (mechanical and electrical vibrations)

Weeks 7 & 8:  Series Solutions; Laplace Transforms

• Overview of series solutions
• Special Functions (Bessel)
• Definition of the Laplace transform
• Solution of initial value problems

Weeks 9 & 10:   Laplace Transforms; Systems of Linear First-Order Equations

• Step/discontinuous forcing functions
• Homogeneous linear systems with constant coefficients

Weeks 11 & 12:  Systems of First-Order Linear Equations; Partial DEs

• Homogeneous linear systems with constant coefficients
• Complex and repeated eigenvalues
• Separation of Variables

Week 13:  Partial Differential Equations

• Heat Equation & Review
MATH 2860U
Course Outline
Fall 2009

9% = four applied assignments, three to count @ 3% each
3% = 12 tutorial prep mini-assignments @ 1/4% each
3% = 12 in-tutorial quizzes @ 1/4% each
5% = 12 in-tutorial assignments, 10 to count @ 1/2% each
35% = midterm test
45% = final exam

Applied assignments: done outside of class time in pairs or individually. Only one assignment per
pair/individual will be submitted. No late submissions will be accepted.
Tutorial Prep Mini-assignments: posted after each lecture; pertaining to Key Ideas of the lectures; to
be submitted to your TA at the beginning of the next tutorial, prior to the in-tutorial quiz.
In-tutorial quizzes: to be completed at the beginning of the tutorial; pertaining to the Key Ideas mini-
assignments just submitted.
In-tutorial Assignments: to be worked on during the tutorial with help and examples supplied by the
TA; handed in at the end of class.

Missed tutorials cannot be made up.

Midterm Test and Final Exam

Non-programmable/non-graphing calculators will be permitted during the midterm
test and final exam, but laptops will NOT be permitted. The final exam will test all
material covered in the course.

Missed Tests
If you miss a test for a legitimate reason (illness or death in the family) and can provide appropriate
documentation (UOIT Medical Certificate or a photocopy of a death certificate), you will not be
penalized. You should submit documentation to the academic advisor, Kimberley Young or Sarah Innes,
within 5 days of missing the test/assignment. If you are not able to do so for any reason, you must
contact Kimberley or Sarah (via email if at all possible ( ) within this time to
make other arrangements. The usual accommodation for a missed midterm test will be to re-weight the
grading scheme to allocate the missed test mark to the final exam mark. If you miss a test without a
legitimate reason or do not provide the proper documentation, you will receive a mark of zero. If the test
is written, the decision is irreversible. If you are contemplating not writing a test for any reason, please
speak to Kimberley or Sarah in advance of the test; please also inform the instructor.

Students with Special Needs

Students with diagnosed disabilities which will make it difficult to carry out the course as outlined are to
advise the instructor during the early weeks so that possible arrangements for reasonable
accommodations can be reviewed. Contact information and other information on Student Services can
be found at

Academic Honesty
Dishonesty is a very serious matter and shall be treated according to the General Academic Regulations
of the University (5.15.1 and 5.15.2, p. 31, Academic Calendar ).

Other Info
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