Course material for M431, Jochen Denzler

I decided to go this one altogether without a textbook (often we use Boyce-diPrima). So the notes and homework represent the course fairly well. But as always with first time notes, they may still deserve some polishing; they were created as the course went. --- They may be helpful as complementary reading also for a textbook-oriented course.

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First Subject: The power series method

An auto-plagiarized calculus manuscript on power series, slightly adapted, to repeat power series (possibly to understand'em the first time, as they often get squeezed in unlovingly at the end of a Calc' course):
PowerSeries.dvi,, PowerSeries.pdf
Homework sheet number 1:
Homework1.dvi,, Homework1.pdf
Power series method (Frobenius method) for ODEs:, Frobenius.pdf
Homework sheet number 2:
Homework2.dvi,, Homework2.pdf
Homework sheet number 3:
Homework3.dvi,, Homework3.pdf

Second Subject: First Order Systems; Phase Space

An introduction to systems of ODEs; examples; concept of phase space; conserved quantities:, systems.pdf
Vectors and matrices, Linear systems, Exponentials of matrices; Stability of equilibria, linear and nonlinear (basic facts, and intuition, but no formal proofs -- many students came from engineering!):, linsys.pdf
Homework sheet number 4: Homework4.dvi,, Homework4.pdf
Homework sheet number 5: Homework5.dvi,, Homework5.pdf
Homework sheet number 6: Homework6.dvi,, Homework6.pdf
Missing material: alas no time left for the matrix version of variation of parameters; but with the thorough study of matrix exponentials, students should be able to adapt the M231-method to matrices quickly, when they actually need it. As many in the audience will not have another ODE course, I felt it more important to offer a glimpse of the geometric insight that is so paramount to a contemporary understanding of ODEs. They would have more difficulties studying this on their own. --- Alas also no time left for coupled oscillations. Next time, I'll streamline the material to fit it in...