MATH 201 - Differential Equations
(Section EB1, Fall 2017)

Time and Location

Time: MWF 12:00 - 12:50 pm
Room: NRE 2-001


Dr. Arno Berger (CAB 683,

Office hours

MWF 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm, or by appointment


Please see this PDF document for all relevant details concerning MATH 201.

Material covered in class (Course Diary)

I plan to keep an up-to-date list of the topics, examples etc. covered in class. Unless stated otherwise, reference numbers refer to our textbook, W. F. Trench, Elementary Differential Equations with Boundary Value Problems, henceforth abbreviated as [T], which is freely available here.

Lecture # Date Material covered / special events Remarks/ additional material
MATH 201 !!

1 Wed
Introduction - What is a Differential Equation (DE)? [T] Ch. 1.
Please review the material from first-year calculus, as needed.
2 Fri
8 Sep
Initial value problems (IVP) and Boundary value problems (BVP).
First order ODE.
[T] Sec. 2.2.
      Notes Week #1.
3 Mon
11 Sep
Separable equations.
Separable equations in disguise.
[T] Sec. 2.2, 2.4.
4 Wed
13 Sep
Linear first-order equations. [T] Sec. 2.1.
5 Fri
15 Sep
Exact equations. Integrating factors. [T] Sec. 2.5, 2.6.
      Notes Week #2.
6 Mon
18 Sep
Linear second order equations. Wronski determinant. Fundamental sets of solutions. [T] Sec. 5.1.
7 Wed
20 Sep
Homogeneous linear equations with constant coefficients. [T] Sec. 5.2.
8 Fri
22 Sep
Inhomogeneous linear equations with constant coefficients: Undetermined coefficients. [T] Sec. 5.3 - 5.5.
      Notes Week #3.


Throughout the semester a total of six homework assignments; please see the course information for further details.

Three words about cheating:

    Don't Do It !!

Midterm test

The midterm test will be held on Saturday, October 21st, 2017 at 1:00 pm. Further details will be announced in class and on this website.

Final exam

The final exam will be held on Tuesday, December 12th, 2017 at 2:00 pm. More information regarding the final will be provided later, both in class and on this website.

Other material

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