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MA305A: Differential Equations II (Fall 2018)

Calendar Description

Numerical solutions of differential equations and boundary value problems; linear systems of differential and difference equations including their solution by matrix methods and their stability; introduction to dynamical systems. Numerical methods will be illustrated by exercises requiring the use of a computer.†


MA122, MA104 or MA200, MA205 and either a 0.5 credit in computer programming or permission of the department.




Fei Xu (PhD)
Office location: LH3064 (Lazaridis Hall)
Office hours: Monday and Wednesday, 1 p.m. - 2 p.m., or by appointment.
Telephone: x4900
All communication is to be made only by email and only to the email address below.
E: fxu@wlu.ca


Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9:30 a.m. - 10:20 a.m. in BA112 (Bricker Academic Building)


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


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 MA305 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:

  • Clicker questions: 5%
  • Assignments: 15%
  • Midterm Exam (Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018 from 7 p.m. - 8:20 p.m. in BA201): 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 MA305 and is provided for the convenience of students.