Mathematics 3F03: Advanced Differential Equations
(Fall, 2015)

Course Information

Course Objectives: The course covers the basic concepts of the dynamical system theory in application to systems of ordinary differential equations. The topics include autonomous systems in the plane, phase portraits, linear systems, stability of equilibrium points and periodic cycles, Lyapunov method, and the Poincare-Bendixson theorem. Applications and explorations are included in the course material as examples, quizzes, and take-home assignments.

Dr. Dmitry Pelinovsky, HH-422, ext.23424, e-mail:
Office hours: Mondays, Thursdays (10:30-11:20), or by appointment

Teaching Assistant:
Alexandr Chernyavsky, HH-403, ext. 24411, e-mail:
Office hours: Wednesdays (17:00-18:00), or by appointment

Lectures: Mondays (12:30-13:20), Tuesdays (13:30-14:20), Thursdays (12:30-13:20); HH/305
Tutorials: Tuesdays (15:30-16:20); HH/305

"Differential Equations, Dynamical Systems, and an Introduction to Chaos" by M.W. Hirsch, S. Smale, and R.L. Devaney, third edition (Elsevier Inc., 2013), ISBN 978-0-12-382010-5.

Assignments: Five home assignments will be posted on the course webpage every second week. The assignments are to be dropped in the course locker any time before and on the date of the deadline. Only four best results are accounted in the final mark. Solutions to assignments will be posted on the course webpage. You may discuss problems of the assignments with each other, but we expect you to write up the answers by yourself. You may not copy another student's solution.

Class Test: There will be two class tests, tentatively scheduled on Thursdays October 1 and November 5 during the regular class hour. Textbook, class notes, and McMaster standard calculator Casio fx-991 are allowed on the tests. You must bring your student ID to the test room. Solutions to tests will be posted on the course webpage.

Final Exam: The course is completed by the two-hour final examination. The date and location of the final exam will be announced by the registrar's office in mid-term.

Marking scheme:
Final exam (2 hrs) - 40%
Two class tests (50 min) - 40%
Four homework assignments - 20%

Important message: The instructor and university reserve the right to modify elements of the course during the term. The university may change the dates and deadlines for any or all courses in extreme circumstances. If either type of modification becomes necessary, reasonable notice and communication with the students will be given with explanation and the opportunity to comment on changes. It is the responsibility of the student to check their McMaster email and course websites weekly during the term and to note any changes.

Academic Dishonesty: Any student who infringes academic dishonesty will be treated according to the policy of the McMaster University. In particular, academic dishonesty includes
(1) plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one's own,
(2) improper collaboration in group work on home assignments,
(3) copying or using unauthorized aids tests and examinations.
It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty, refering to Academic Integrity Policy.

Requests for Relief for Missed Academic Term Work: Using the McMaster student absence form (MSAF) on-line, self-reporting tool, undergraduate students may report absences lasting up to 5 days and may also request relief for missed academic work, which is less than 30% of the final mark. The submission of medical or other types of supporting documentation is normally not required. Students may use this tool only once per term. Students who are absent more than five days cannot use the on-line, self-reporting tool to request relief. They MUST report to their Faculty Office to discuss their situation and may be required to provide appropriate supporting documentation.

Additional information: Late assignments will not be graded. No make-up tests will be scheduled. In the event of an exemption from the test or more than one assignment, your course grade will be re-weighted by increasing the weight of the final examination to compensate for the missed test or assignment.