Differential Equations (MATH276) Course Detail

Course Name Course Code Season Lecture Hours Application Hours Lab Hours Credit ECTS
Differential Equations MATH276 4 0 0 4 6
Pre-requisite Course(s)
Math 152 (Calculus II) or Math158 (Extended Calculus II)
Course Language English
Course Type N/A
Course Level Bachelor’s Degree (First Cycle)
Mode of Delivery Face To Face
Learning and Teaching Strategies Lecture, Question and Answer.
Course Coordinator
Course Lecturer(s)
Course Assistants
Course Objectives The course is specifically designed for engineering students as this material is applicable to many fields. The purpose of this course is to provide an understanding of ordinary differential equations (ODE's), systems of ODE’s and to give methods for solving them. This course provides also a preliminary information about partial differential equations (PDE's).
Course Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • be able to determine the existence and uniqueness of a solution and select the appropriate method for finding the solution.
  • use appropriate methods for solution of first, second and higher order ODE’s.
  • solve differential equations using power series and Laplace transform methods.
  • solve linear systems of ODE’s by using elimination and Laplace transform methods.
  • find Fourier series expansions of periodic functions.
  • solve some elementary PDE’s such as heat, wave and Laplace equations by the method of separation of variables technique.
Course Content First-order, higher-order linear ordinary differential equations, series solutions of differential equations, Laplace transforms, linear systems of ordinary differential equations, Fourier analysis and partial differential equations.

Weekly Subjects and Releated Preparation Studies

Week Subjects Preparation
1 First Order Ordinary Differential Equations: Preliminaries, pp. 1-5 pp. 1-5
2 Solutions, Existence-Uniqueness Theorem, Separable Equations, Linear Equations. pp. 5-27
3 Bernoulli Equations, Homogeneous Equations, Exact Equations and Integrating Factors. pp. 27-49
4 Substitutions, Higher Order Linear Ordinary Differential Equations: Basic Theory of Higher Order Linear Equations pp. 49-98
5 Reduction of Order Method, Homogeneous Constant Coefficient Equations pp. 98-113
6 Undetermined Coefficients Method, Variation of Parameters Method pp. 113-125
7 Midterm
8 Cauchy-Euler Equations, Series Solutions of Ordinary Differential Equations: Power Series Solutions (Ordinary Point) pp. 125-191
9 Power Series Solutions (Ordinary Point) (continued), Power Series Solutions (Regular-Singular Point) pp. 191-221
10 Laplace Transforms: Basic Properties of the Laplace Transforms, Convolution pp. 223-244
11 Solution of Differential Equations by the Laplace Transforms pp. 244-255
12 Systems of Linear Ordinary Differential Equations: Solution of Systems of Linear ODE Using Elimination pp. 257-291
13 Solution of Systems of Linear ODE Using Laplace Transforms pp. 292-306
14 Fourier Analysis: Odd and Even Functions, Periodic Functions, Trigonometric Series, Fourier Series and Fourier Sine and Fourier Cosine Series for Functions of Any Period pp. 319-333
15 Partial Differential Equations: Separation of Variables, Solution of Heat, Wave and Laplace Equations pp. 307-319 and pp. 333-335
16 Final Exam


Course Book 1. Lectures on Differential Equations, E. Akyıldız, Y. Akyıldız, Ş.Alpay, A. Erkip and A.Yazıcı,, Matematik Vakfı Yayın No:1
Other Sources 2. Differential Equations, 2nd Edition, Shepley L. Ross, John Wiley and Sons, 1984.
3. Advanced Engineering Mathematics, 8th Edition, Erwin Kreyszig, John Wiley and Sons, 1998.
4. Ordinary Differential Equations Problem Book with Solutions, Rajeh Eid, Atılım University Publications 16, Ankara, Atılım University, 2005.

Evaluation System

Requirements Number Percentage of Grade
Attendance/Participation - -
Laboratory - -
Application - -
Field Work - -
Special Course Internship - -
Quizzes/Studio Critics - -
Homework Assignments - -
Presentation - -
Project - -
Report - -
Seminar - -
Midterms Exams/Midterms Jury 2 60
Final Exam/Final Jury 1 40
Toplam 3 100
Percentage of Semester Work 60
Percentage of Final Work 40
Total 100

Course Category

Core Courses X
Major Area Courses
Supportive Courses
Media and Managment Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

The Relation Between Course Learning Competencies and Program Qualifications

# Program Qualifications / Competencies Level of Contribution
1 2 3 4 5
1 Adequate knowledge of mathematics, physical sciences and the subjects specific to engineering disciplines; the ability to apply theoretical and practical knowledge of these areas in the solution of complex engineering problems. X
2 The ability to define, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems; the ability to select and apply proper analysis and modeling methods for this purpose.
3 The ability to design a complex system, process, device or product under realistic constraints and conditions in such a way as to meet the specific requirements; the ability to apply modern design methods for this purpose.
4 The ability to select, and use modern techniques and tools needed to analyze and solve complex problems encountered in engineering practices; the ability to use information technologies effectively.
5 The ability to design experiments, conduct experiments, gather data, and analyze and interpret results for investigating complex engineering problems or research areas specific to engineering disciplines.
6 The ability to work efficiently in inter-, intra-, and multi-disciplinary teams; the ability to work individually.
7 (a) Sözlü ve yazılı etkin iletişim kurma becerisi; etkin rapor yazma ve yazılı raporları anlama, tasarım ve üretim raporları hazırlayabilme, etkin sunum yapabilme, açık ve anlaşılır talimat verme ve alma becerisi. (b) En az bir yabancı dil bilgisi; bu yabancı dilde etkin rapor yazma ve yazılı raporları anlama, tasarım ve üretim raporları hazırlayabilme, etkin sunum yapabilme, açık ve anlaşılır talimat verme ve alma becerisi.
8 Recognition of the need for lifelong learning; the ability to access information, follow developments in science and technology, and adapt and excel oneself continuously.
9 Acting in conformity with the ethical principles; professional and ethical responsibility and knowledge of the standards employed in engineering applications.
10 Knowledge of business practices such as project management, risk management, and change management; awareness of entrepreneurship and innovation; knowledge of sustainable development.
11 Knowledge of the global and social effects of engineering practices on health, environment, and safety issues, and knowledge of the contemporary issues in engineering areas; awareness of the possible legal consequences of engineering practices.
12 (a) Knowledge of (i) fluid mechanics, (ii) heat transfer, (iii) manufacturing process, (iv) electronics and control, (v) vehicle components design, (vi) vehicle dynamics, (vii) vehicle propulsion/drive and power systems, (viii) technical laws and regulations in automotive engineering field, and (ix) vehicle verification tests. (b) The ability to merge and apply these knowledge in solving multi-disciplinary automotive problems.
13 The ability to make use of theoretical, experimental, and simulation methods, and computer aided design techniques in automotive engineering field.
14 The ability to work in the field of vehicle design and manufacturing.

ECTS/Workload Table

Activities Number Duration (Hours) Total Workload
Course Hours (Including Exam Week: 16 x Total Hours)
Special Course Internship
Field Work
Study Hours Out of Class 14 4 56
Presentation/Seminar Prepration
Homework Assignments
Quizzes/Studio Critics
Prepration of Midterm Exams/Midterm Jury 2 10 20
Prepration of Final Exams/Final Jury 1 10 10
Total Workload 86