MP361 - Ordinary Differential Equations

Lecturer/Tutor: Paul Watts
Address: Room 1.7B, Department of Theoretical Physics, Science Building, North Campus
Phone: 708 3762
E-Mail: paul DOT watts AT mu DOT ie
Assignment Marker: Jay Cusack
Lectures:
Tuesdays, 9:10am-9:55am, Hall D, Arts Building
Thursdays, 12:05pm-12:50pm, Hall H, Arts Building
Tutorials:
Fridays, 1:05pm-1:50pm, Hall C, Arts Building

Content:
This module will be lecture-driven, and the assignments and exam will be based entirely on the material presented in the lectures and tutorials. There is no required textbook for this module; however, the following books might be useful as supplements:

Mary L. Boas, Mathematical Methods in the Physical Sciences (Wiley)
Erwin Kreyszig, Advanced Engineering Mathematics (Wiley)
D. G. Zill, W. S. Wright and M. R. Cullen, Advanced Engineering Mathematics (Jones and Bartlett)

It's been my experience with teaching this module that the mathematical background of the students taking it can vary wildly. To try to address this issue, I include here a link to the notes (written by Charles Nash) for the EE106 module that we teach to the first-year engineers. I'm hoping that the vast majority of it is familiar to all of you, but if you feel you need a bit of a reminder as to, say, the basics behind infinite series or what a Taylor series is (both of which will figure into this module), it should serve as a good starting point. Please take the time to go through it.

Assessment:
Your mark for this module will be based on your total continuous assessment mark (20%) and your exam mark (80%). The continuous assessment will consist of problem sets issued (roughly) every two weeks. They will be made available on this webpage (see below) but should be submitted as single scanned PDFs to the module's Moodle page here.

The final exam was on Friday, 21 January 2022. Here it is and here are its solutions.

Below are all the problem sets which were assigned over the semester:

Problem Set 1 and its solutions (average mark: 76.2%)
Problem Set 2 and its solutions (average mark: 76.0%)
Problem Set 3 and its solutions (average mark: 90.2%)
Problem Set 4 and its solutions (average mark: 63.6%)
Problem Set 5 and its solutions (average mark: 84.3%)
Problem Set 6 and its solutions (average mark: 83.1%)