UNM-LA Offers Summer Differential Equations Class



UNM-LA News:

UNM-Los Alamos is offering MATH 316 Applied Ordinary Differential Equations this summer semester, June 5-July 27. Taught by Dr. Irina Alvestad, the course will cover first and second order equations, the Laplace transform, systems of first order differential equations, nonlinear equations and stability, and applications.

This course will benefit students studying engineering, physics, mathematics, physical and biological sciences, environmental science, economics and finance, and anyone interested in learning about ways to mathematically model natural phenomena and understand their behavior. To be able to investigate problems in fluid mechanics, electronics, heat transfer, population or conservation biology, seismic waves, option trading, etc., one needs to know something about differential equations. Successful completion of Calculus II is a required prerequisite.

The course was offered last summer and attracted a variety of students, including UNM-LA students, local students who attend other colleges but are home for the summer, and some summer interns with LANL. One student from last summer commented, “The overall structure of this class was very well rounded for only eight weeks. I feel like we covered a lot of material without being overwhelmed. The class time contributed most to my learning.”

The class will be taught as a face-to-face class in Los Alamos, but also will be broadcast using Zoom technology so that other students can take the class synchronously from a distance.

MATH 316 Applied Ordinary Differential Equations, CRN 26416, will meet 3-4:40 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday in room 626. Distance learners, accessing the class through zoom technology, should register for Math 316, CRN 26417. Students who have completed the prerequisite Calculus II and are interested in taking MATH 316 should contact Dr. Irina Alvestad at irina@unm.edu.

For information about other courses available at UNM-Los Alamos, visit http://losalamos.unm.edu.


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