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MA205A: Differential Equations I (Fall 2018)

Calendar Description

First order differential equations; linear differential equations of second and higher order; methods of undetermined coefficients and variation of parameters; Laplace transforms; power series solutions.


MA101 or MA103.


Professor Y. Lai (PhD)
Office location: LH3037 (Lazaridis Hall)
Office hours: Tuesday 2 p.m. - 4 p.m., or by appointment.
Telephone: x2107
E: ylai@wlu.ca


Tuesday and Thursday 8:30 a.m. - 9:50 a.m. in BA209 (Bricker Academic Building)

Lab Coordinator

Trevor Saunderson
Email: tsaunderson@wlu.ca
Office: LH3048 (Lazaridis Hall)
Telephone: x3012


Fundamentals of Differential Equations and Boundary Value Problems, 7th Edition, Kent Nagle, Edward B. Saff and Arthur D. Snider, Pearson Addison-Wesley, 2012.


Students may only use the approved scientific calculator, Casio FX-300MS Plus, on course tests and the final examination. No other calculator is allowed. It is available for purchase at the campus bookstore.


Materials related to this course and the full course outline will be posted on the MA205 MyLearningSpace website. You are responsible for checking here on a regular basis for important announcements.


A final mark out of 100 will be calculated as follows:

  • Laboratories: 20%
  • Midterm Exam (Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. - 9:50 a.m. in BA208 and BA209): 30%
  • Final exam (2.5 hours; exact date, time and location to be announced): 50%

The final mark will be reported as a letter grade in accordance with the conversion table of the current undergraduate calendar.

This document is a summary of the course outline for MA205 and is provided for the convenience of students.