Syllabus for Ordinary Differential Equations I

Ordinära differentialekvationer I


  • 5 credits
  • Course code: 1MA032
  • Education cycle: First cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Mathematics G1F
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
  • Established: 2007-03-15
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2021-11-09
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: Autumn 2022
  • Entry requirements:

    10 credits in mathematics. Participation in Linear Algebra II and in Several Variable Calculus, Several Variable Calculus, Limited Version, Several Variable Calculus M or Geometry and Analysis III. Several Variable Calculus, Several Variable Calculus, Limited Version or Several Variable Calculus M may also be taken in parallel with this course.

  • Responsible department: Department of Mathematics

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • give an account of basic concepts and definitions for differential equations;
  • use methods for obtaining exact solutions of linear homogeneous and non-homogeneous differential equations;
  • find and classify equilibrium points ;
  • apply elementary power series techniques;
  • describe some simple numerical solution techniques and be familiar with mathematical software for differential equations;
  • use elementary methods for linear systems of differential equations.


Linear differential equations of order n, exact solutions, theorems of existence and uniqueness, power series solutions, systems of differential equations, nonlinear systems, classification of equilibrium points, phase portraits, numerical solution methods.


Lectures and problem solving sessions as well as a compulsory computer lab.


Written examination (5 credit points) at the end of the course as well as a written report of the computer lab (0 credit points).

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the disability coordinator of the university.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: Autumn 2022

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • Boyce, William E. Elementary Differential Equations and Boundary Value Problems, 11th Edition

    John Wiley & Sons, 2017

    Find in the library


Last modified: 2022-04-26