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MA205A: Differential Equations I (Spring 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.


One of MA101, MA102, MA103 (or MA110*), or MA105.


Fei Xu (PhD)
Office location: LH3064 (Lazaridis Hall)
Telephone: x4900
Office hours: Tuesday 4 p.m. - 5 p.m., or by appointment.
E: fxu@wlu.ca


Monday and Wednesday 7 p.m. - 8:20 p.m. in LH1011 (Lazaridis Hall)

Lab Coordinator

Erica Marshall
E: emarshall@wlu.ca
Office: LH3072
Telephone: x3284


R. Kent Nagle, Edward B. Saff and Arthur D. Snider, Fundamentals of Differential Equations and Boundary Value Problems, 7th Edition, Pearson Addison-Wesley, 2010.


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


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:

  • Clicker Questions: 5%
  • Laboratories: 25%
  • Midterm Exam (Wednesday, June 20, 2018, in class): 25%
  • Final Examination (2.5 hours, exact date, time and location to be announced): 45%

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.