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Differential Equations for Engineers

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology via Coursera

8 Reviews 35 students interested
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  • Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
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  • Language English
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  • Effort 5 hours a week
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  • Duration 4 weeks long
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This course is about differential equations, and covers material that all engineers should know. We will learn how to solve first-order equations, and how to solve second-order equations with constant coefficients and also look at some fundamental engineering applications. We will learn about the Laplace transform and series solution methods. Finally, we will learn about systems of linear differential equations, including the very important normal modes problem, and how to solve a partial differential equation using separation of variables. This solution method requires first learning about Fourier series.

After each video, there are problems to solve and I have tried to choose problems that exemplify the main idea of the lecture. I try to give enough problems for students to solidify their understanding of the material, but not so many that students feel overwhelmed. I do encourage students to attempt the given problems, but if they get stuck, full solutions can be found in the lecture notes for the course.

Lecture notes may be downloaded at
http://www.math.ust.hk/~machas/differential-equations-for-engineers.pdf

Syllabus

  1. First-Order Differential Equations
  2. Second-Order Differential Equations
  3. The Laplace Transform and Series Solution Methods
  4. Systems of Differential Equations and Partial Differential Equations

Taught by

Jeffrey R. Chasnov

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4.9 Based on 8 reviews

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Anonymous
5.0 3 weeks ago
Anonymous completed this course.
It's a fantastic course to learn! The professor has prepared very detailed, informative and easily-understandable notes for the course, and I really enjoy the teaching style! It's very clear and straightforward. The course covers major consequencial part of the differential equation, especially ODE. I've learned a lot through the course.

One little suggestion: maybe the professor can talk more about PDE later in this course. And also, I'm quited interested in the disfussion application and maybe the professor can talk more about the real-life comprehension of those math equations and results.

Thanks so much for professor's efforts! It's really a rewarding course!
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Anonymous
5.0 3 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
This differential equations course is aimed at engineers and appropriately focuses on physical (and financial) applications. Just enough theory is included to ensure the student can correctly apply the learnings.

The key to success (for me) in this course was to WORK THE PROBLEMS. Learning DE's is not a spectator sport. You've got to sharpen lots of pencils and put in the effort. It will be rewarded. The exercises are well structured and the accompanying e-text is invaluable.

I rated this 5 stars because of how completely I achieved my learning objectives. I will point out that doing so takes approx. twice as long as the time estimates in the syllabus.
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Anonymous
5.0 2 weeks ago
Anonymous completed this course.
The course is very useful in particular for understanding how different maths skills are related and how important to use differential equation to see the dynamics of any system. The course helps visualize and structuralize all the maths thinking and problem solving skills needed for modelling and problem solving via the very clear presentation by Prof. Jeff and very logical structured and designed course framework. Looking forward to other courses that will be thought by Prof. Jeff in the future.
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Gaetano P
5.0 3 months ago
by Gaetano completed this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
I took other courses on DEs both on coursera and edx platforms by MIT, Boston University and other universities and i have to say that this course is one of the best. Really well teached with essential theory and practice. Homework and final module tests are really challenging. Prof.Chasnov's teaching is really clear and understandable.
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Anonymous
5.0 3 months ago
Anonymous is taking this course right now.
This course is the best course on differential equations I have taken so far. It is very informative and interactive. The instructor is very active and this is very helpful to have him clear doubts. The course is very well designed and covers almost all topics.
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Anonymous
4.0 a month ago
Anonymous completed this course.
The class was pretty tough, but it wasn't too bad. The video were okay, but the explanations could have been more thorough. Some of the practice problems for the quizzes were pretty hard compared to the examples done by the professor.
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Anonymous
5.0 3 weeks ago
Anonymous completed this course.
This course is a little hard for me since I never learned about this aspect things before. But it's ok. Professor gives so meaningful and understandable information to me. I learned so many things.
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Michael O
5.0 3 months ago
Michael completed this course.
This is a very good course, well structured and well explained. It requires a lot of work from the student and it is essential that you work out all the problems and quizzes along the way.
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