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APP MTH 4121 - Modelling with Ordinary Differential Equations Hon

Career: Undergraduate
Units: 3
Term: Semester 1
Campus: North Terrace
Contact: Up to 3 contact hours per week
Restriction: Honours students only
Available for Study Abroad and Exchange: Yes
Available for Non-Award Study: No
Pre-Requisite: MATHS 2102 or MATHS 2106 or MATHS 2201
Assumed Knowledge: MATHS 2104 or MATHS 2107
Assessment: Ongoing assessment, exam

Differential equation models describe a wide range of complex problems in biology, engineering, physical sciences, economics and finance. This course focuses on ordinary differential equations (ODEs) and develops students' skills in the formulation, solution, understanding and interpretation of coupled ODE models. A range of important biological problems, from areas such as resource management, population dynamics, and public health, drives the study of analytical and numerical techniques for systems of nonlinear ODEs. A key aim of the course is building practical skills that can be applied in a wide range of scientific, business and research settings. Topics covered are: analytical methods for systems of ODEs, including vector fields, fixed points, phase-plane analysis, linearisation of nonlinear systems, bifurcations; general theory on existence and approximation of ODE solutions; biological modelling; explicit and implicit numerical methods for ODE initial value problems, computational error, consistency, convergence, stability of a numerical method, ill-conditioned and stiff problems.

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Postgraduate Coursework
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Course Outline

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Critical Dates

Term Last Day to Add Online Census Date Last Day to WNF Last Day to WF
Semester 1 Tue 14/03/2023 Thu 23/03/2023 Fri 05/05/2023 Fri 09/06/2023

Class Details

Enrolment Class: Workshop
Class Nbr Section Size Available Dates Days Time Location
13978 WR01 5 4 3 Mar - 7 Apr Friday 3pm - 4pm Barr Smith South, 1063, Teaching Room
28 Apr - 2 Jun Friday 3pm - 4pm Barr Smith South, 1063, Teaching Room
Related Class: Tutorial
Class Nbr Section Size Available Dates Days Time Location
13029 TU02 0 FULL 1 Mar - 5 Apr Wednesday 11am - 12pm MyUni, OL, Online Class
26 Apr - 31 May Wednesday 11am - 12pm MyUni, OL, Online Class
Note: This class is for OFFSHORE students only. To request to enrol in this class please fill out this form: NOTE: You will need to provide evidence, or a statement, that you will be located offshore for the duration of the course when submitting this form.
13975 TU01 5 4 27 Feb - 3 Apr Monday 4pm - 5pm Barr Smith South, 2051, Teaching Room
24 Apr - 29 May Monday 4pm - 5pm Barr Smith South, 2051, Teaching Room