Checking date: 29/06/2021

Course: 2021/2022

Differential Equations
Study: Bachelor in Biomedical Engineering (257)

Coordinating teacher: CUESTA RUIZ, JOSE ANTONIO

Department assigned to the subject: Department of Mathematics

Type: Basic Core
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Branch of knowledge: Engineering and Architecture

Requirements (Subjects that are assumed to be known)
Calculus I, Cálculus II and Linear Algebra
SPECIFIC LEARNING OBJECTIVES (PO a): - To understand the Linear operators and the principle of superposition for solving differential equations. - To solve elementary differential equations by separation of variables and other methods. - To understand the different application scopes of the differential equation to engineering and physics. - To distinguish between elliptic, hyperbolic and parabolic partial differential equations and which initial or boundary conditions are appropriate for them. - To understand how to apply separation of variables and the Fourier method to solve initial-boundary value problems for the equations of Mathematical Physics. - To understand the separation of variables technique, the role of the resulting eigenvalue problems and the principle of superposition to solve initial-boundary value problems for the equations of Mathematical Physics. - To understand when and how to use the method of characteristics to solve different cases of partial differential equations. GENERAL ABILITIES (PO a, g, k): - To understand the necessity of abstract thinking and formal mathematical proofs. - To acquire communicative skills in mathematics. - To acquire the ability to model real-world situations mathematically, with the aim of solving practical problems. - To improve problem-solving skills. (PO: a)
Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
1. Introduction 1.1 Basic models; direction fields 1.2 Classification of differential equations 2. First Order Differential Equations 2.1 Linear equations; integrating factors 2.2 Separable equations 2.3 Exact equations 3. Second Order Linear Equations 3.1 Definitions and examples 3.2 Linear homogeneous equations 3.3 Homogeneous equations with constant coefficients 3.4 Inhomogeneous equations: undetermined coefficients 3.5 Variation of constants 4. Systems of First Order Linear Equations 4.1 Basic theory; higher-order equations 4.2 Explicit solutions of non-homogeneous linear systems 4.3 Planar linear systems 5. Nonlinear Systems and Stability 5.1 Planar nonlinear systems 5.2 Stability 5.3 Periodic solutions 5.4 Higher-dimensional systems 6. Partial Differential Equations: Introduction 6.1 Examples and physical derivation 6.2 Types of equations and data; well- vs ill-posed problems 7. Separation of Variables 7.1 Problem resolution by separation of variables 7.2 Fourier trigonometric series: basic properties 8. Boundary-value Problems 8.1 Sturm-Liouville problems 8.2 Self-adjoint operators and spectrum 8.3 Rayleigh¿s quotient 8.4 Generalized Fourier series 8.5 Multivariable Sturm-Liouville problems 9. Non-Homogeneous Problems 9.1 Shifting the data 9.2 Fredholm¿s alternative 9.3 Eigenfunction expansions
Learning activities and methodology
1.- Master classes. 2.- Problem classes. 3.- Partial controls. 4.- Final exam. 5.- Tutorials.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 60
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 40
Calendar of Continuous assessment
Basic Bibliography
  • Haberman, R.. Ecuaciones en derivadas parciales con series de Fourier y problemas de contorno. Prentice Hall. 2003
  • Robinson, J. C.. An Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations. Cambridge University Press. 2004
  • Simmons, G. F. ; Krantz, S. G.. Ecuaciones diferenciales. Teoría, técnica y práctica. McGraw-Hill. 2007
Additional Bibliography
  • Brannan, J. R., Boyce, W. E.. Differential Equations with Boundary Value Problems: An Introduction to Modern Methods & Applications. Wiley.. 2010
  • Edwards, C. H., Penney, D. E., Calvis, D.. Differential Equations and Boundary Value Problems: Computing and Modeling. Pearson Education. 2016
  • Nagle, R. K., Saff, E. B., Snider, A. D.. Fundamentals of differential equations . Pearson Addison-Wesley. 2008, 7th ed.
  • Tikhonov, A. N., Samarskii, A. A.. Equations of Mathematical Physics. Dover. 1990

The course syllabus may change due academic events or other reasons.