Fall 2022 - MATH 260 D100

Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations (3)

Class Number: 4165

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo, We, Fr 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
    WMC 3260, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    MATH 152 with a minimum grade of C-; or MATH 155 or 158, with a grade of at least B; MATH 232 or 240, with a minimum grade of C-.



First-order differential equations, second- and higher-order linear equations, series solutions, introduction to Laplace transform, systems and numerical methods, applications in the physical, biological and social sciences. Students with credit for MATH 310 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative.



  • First Order differential equations
  • Second- and higher-order linear equations
  • Systems of first-order equations 
  • The Laplace transform
  • Introduction to numerical methods and nonlinear systems
  • Applications in the physical, biological and social sciences


  • Assignments and Quizzes 20%
  • 2 Midterm Exams (15% each) 30%
  • Final Exam 50%


Tutorial attendance is mandatory for this course.


This course is delivered in person, on campus. Should public health guidelines recommend limits on in person gatherings, this course may include virtual meetings. As such, all students are recommended to have access to strong and reliable internet, the ability to scan documents (a phone app is acceptable) and access to a webcam and microphone (embedded in a computer is sufficient). 



Elementary Differential Equations and Boundary Value Problems with WileyPlus*
William E. Boyce; Richard C. DiPrima; Douglas B. Meade
12th Edition; 2021

*WileyPlus is a platform that all students must use to successfully complete this course. The SFU Bookstore will have available both the electronic textbook+WileyPlus bundle and the printed hardcopy text+WileyPlus bundle available, either of which are acceptable. Purchasing a used text/11th edition textbook will require the additional purchase of WileyPlus and is therefore not recommended.  

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