MA50190 - Methods for Differential Equations

Academic year 2012-13, Semester 1

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Aims and learning outcomes | General information | Lecturers | Lecture time and location | Lecture news | Homework assignments | Lecture notes | References | Assessment, exams & grades |

Aims and learning outcomes

Aims: To study advanced mathematical methods and techniques relevant to solving problems which arise in applications modelled by differential equations and integral formulations. To provide a firm basis of useful techniques for many subsequent courses in applied mathematics.

Learning outcomes: Students should learn a set of mathematical techniques in a variety of areas and be able to apply them to either solve a problem or to construct an accurate approximation to the solution. They should demonstrate an understanding of both the theory and the range of applications (including the limitations) of all the techniques studied.

See also the Programme/Unit Catalogue.

General information

Organisational issues are discussed in the information sheet handed out in week one.

I hope you will enjoy the course. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any problems. The contact details are given below.

I want you to understand everything we discuss in class. Please identify the topics you find difficult to understand, and discuss them with your colleagues. Please come and see me if the problem persists.


Lecturer: Johannes Zimmer
Office: 4W 1.10
Extension: x6097
Email: zimmer at

Lecture time and location

Mondays 12:15 1W 3.8
Thursdays 10:15 1WN 3.23
Thursdays 15:15 1W 3.5

Lecture news

Homework assignments

No Assigned Return date Homework Model solution
8 3 December 11 December pdf pdf
7 26 November 4 December pdf pdf
6 8 November 29 November pdf pdf
5 5 November 12 November pdf pdf
4 29 October 5 November pdf pdf
3 15 October 22 October pdf pdf
2 8 October 15 October pdf pdf
1 1 October 8 October pdf pdf

Each week some problem sheet questions will be set. Doing the problem sheet questions is an essential part of the course. Even though these problem sheets are not part of the assessed coursework, in later assessed coursework and in the exam it will be assumed that you have done these questions. Moreover the content of the classes in subsequent weeks will be designed on the assumption that you have done the problem sheets. The homework will normally be handed out on Mondays and is due on the following Monday (there is a pigeon hole marked MA50190 in 4W level 1 for you to hand in your solutions). The problem sheets will be marked and returned, normally prior to the discussion of the solutions in the next problem class.

Lecture notes

There are no typed lecture notes for this course.


The references are available in pdf format.

Assessment, exam & grades

Exam 100%. The exam will take place in the assessment period in January.

Past exam papers

Past exam papers are available from the library webpage, see past 50190 papers. However, note the classes until 2010-11 inclusive followed a slightly different syllabus.