This introductory courses on (Ordinary) Differential Equations are mainly for the people, who need differential equations mostly for the practical use in their own fields. So we try to provide basic terminologies, concepts, and methods of solving various types of differential equations as well as a rudimentary but indispensable knowledge of the underlying theory and some related applications.
Differential Equations Part I Basic Theory
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Yes. One must be familiar with the basic differential and integral calculus, which are the main contents of college level introductory Calculus course. Although the course does not require more than high school linear algebra, it will be very helpful if one has a little bit of knowledge on Linear Algebra such as the determinant of a square matrix, linear (in)dependence of vectors, and Cramer’s rule of solving a determined system of simultaneous linear algebraic equations.
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The course is designed to introduce basic theory, techniques, and applications of differential equations to beginners in the field, who would like to continue their study in the subjects such as natural sciences, engineering, and economics etc. The course is emphasizing methods and techniques of solving certain differential equations.