Stellenbosch University
Applied Mathematics

Important notices:

  • Assignment 06 is available below. The pplane software can be found here. (inetkey required.)
  • CA04 and TT04 marks available here.
  • Apologies for the two small mistakes on tut test 05. Everyone who wrote will get 1 bonus mark.
  • Please find corrected Tut 6 sheets and memo below.

A2 notices:

  • Test 02 is scheduled for 8th November at 9AM. Venue TBC.
  • The focus of Test 02 will be on material from 2nd term, but you will be expected to recall some topics from 1st term.
  • Note that Green's functions will not appear on the test, as we did not have time to cover this topic properly in class.
  • The provisional date for the sescond op (A3) is Weds 5th December at 9AM.


  • Dr Nick Hale
  • Office: A410


  • Sárah Galloway
  • Esmari Maré

Information Sheet:

  • Information sheets can be found here.

Lecture timetable:

  • Monday 10:00 in A406
  • Tuesday 08:00 in A406
  • Friday 11:00 in A305


  • Wednesday 14:00 in A406 or in NARGA D
    (room announced every week on the web)

Test dates:

  • A1: 18 September @ 5:15PM
  • A2: 08 November @ 9AM
  • A3: 05 December @ 9AM

Lecture notes:

The fact that the lecture slides are available here should not be taken as invitation to skip class and not everything covered in class appear on these slides.

Note that these notes are placed here in advance of the lectures to give you an opportunity to study the course at your own pace. However, they are subject to small changes as the course progresses. Make sure you are using the most up to date versions, particularly when revising for tests.

Course text:

Differential Equations with Boundary-Value Problems
D.G. Zill & W.S. Wright
ISBN-10: 1111827060
ISBN-13: 978-1111827069
Brooks Cole; 8th edition (March 15, 2012), 664 pp
[9th edition now available. Either is fine.]
[Note that TW364 also uses this textbook.]

Useful codes:

  • dfield.jar - Plot direction fields (by John C. Polking, Rice University)
  • pplane.jar - Plot phase planes (by John C. Polking, Rice University)
  • euler.m - Euler code for solving ODEs.
  • Here is an ode45 manual (eng and afr) that describes its usage in short.

Old test papers:

Test 1 2016: test1_2016.pdf test1_2016_solns.pdf
Test 2 2016: test2_2016.pdf test2_2016_solns.pdf
Test 1 2017: test1_2017.pdf test1_2017_solns.pdf
Test 2 2017: test2_2017.pdf test2_2017_solns.pdf
Test 1 2018: test1_2018.pdf test1_2018_solns.pdf
Test 2 2018: test2_2018.pdf test2_2018_solns.pdf

MCM competition:

Every year two teams chosen from TW244 participate in an international competition on mathematical modelling.

Here is information on our teams from the past, and here is the competition website.