Math. 450 Course Outline

This outline  will be filled in as the course progresses.  Time will be allocated as appropriate for student presentations and discussion.

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Home page for the course

Topic no.  Description Explanation / References / Projects
1. Goals in the course; overview of material used; some examples.
  •  Review texts and web resources
  • Mechanical and electrical vibrations (p. 186 ff. of Boyce and DiPrima, seventh edition)
  • The oscillating pendulum (instructor's notes)
  • 2. Numerical Methods, with emphasis on order and stability Chapter 8 of Boyce and DiPrima, supplied Mathematica notebooks, etc.