MATH2221 Higher Theory and Applications of Differential Equations

MATH2221 is a Mathematics Level II course; it is the higher version of MATH2121 Theory and Applications of Differential Equations. See the course overview below.

This course has replaced MATH2221 and is now a 6uoc course

Units of credit: 6

Prerequisites: MATH1231 or Math1241 or MATH1251, each with a mark of 70 or higher.

Exclusions: MATH2019, MATH2029, MATH2059, MATH2121.

Cycle of offering: Yearly in Semester 2.

Graduate attributes: The course will enhance your research, inquiry and analytical thinking abilities.

More information: This recent course handout (pdf) contains information about course objectives, assessment, course materials and the syllabus.

The Online Handbook entry contains up-to-date timetabling information.

MATH2221 (alternatively MATH2121) is a compulsory course for Mathematics majors.

If you are currently enrolled in MATH2221, you can log into UNSW Moodle for this course.

Course Overview

A differential equation arises naturally whenever one seeks a mathematical description of a phenomenon that changes continuously in time or space. As a consequence, solutions of differential equations exhibit a great variety of features and behaviours, and not surprisingly a great variety of techniques are used in this field of mathematics. In this course, we cover the classical foundations of the subject, restricting our attention to analytical methods of solution and concentrating on linear differential equations. As such, MATH2221 will prepare you for a range of later-year courses offered by the School of Mathematics and Statistics that treat topics in the theory and applications of differential equations. The methods we cover are also used in many courses taught by other schools.