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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Getting started on MST209 Differential Equations

In order to get a feeling for MST209 I will be watching the video's of MIT 18.03 Differential Equations by Prof. Arthur Mattuck. I watched lecture 1 today. Since there are 33 video lectures in total I doubt if I'll get through all of them by february though. The purpose is getting back into differential equation stuff. OU OpenLearn has several booklets from the MST209 course available which give a reasonable idea on what to expect of MST209. Both MIT 18.03 and MST209 are less formal than M208, they are mainstream courses teaching mainly how-to's, i.e. how-to solve a particular type of differential equation. - My choice for MST209 next year is more or less certain by now. Three options remain. 1) do just MST209 and concentrate and spend time on self-study of topics that really interest me (i.e. Abstract Algebra stuff ). 2) Add M381 Number Theory + Logic. 3) Add M337 Complex Analysis. Well, I haven't decided yet. MST209 involves 7 TMA's, 2CMA's and probably a MS221, M208 'type-of-exam', i.e. 12 questions for 70, plus 2 out of 5 for 30.


  1. Hi Chris Here I think the exam structure for MST209 is different from M208 in that there are three sections

    20 Multiple Choice Questions

    About 10 'simple' short type questions similar to
    part 1 of M208/MS221

    and a choice of three out of about 6 longer type questions.

    Anyway Good plan to work through the Open Learn
    units. I think they will cover a good part of the mathematical techniques sections. Apart from Vector Calculus

    You might also want to look at a good undergraduate book on classical mechanics.

    It would be good if you did M337 this year as I plan to do it but of course the more you focus on OU stuff the less there is do the stuff that really interests you.

  2. Thanks for the info on the MST209 exam structure. I hope they haven't just exchanged two of the lighter questions for 20(!) multiple-choice questions. And also three instead of 2 longer questions? - The questions will probably have less subquestions.

    Anyway, the reason I have M337 on my list is because I had in mind that you are going to do that course next year. Working in 'a group' has its advantages. I'll book the course(s) the day that I have confirmation of the M208 pass.

    I read your 2nd post today. Interesting to follow what direction your blog will take.

  3. That certainly is the structure for the MST209 exam. I had the pleasure of doing the exam in October.

    If you look back over the past few years' past papers, there's an awful lot of repetition when it comes to the "big" questions in part 3. The same questions pop up again and again, just with different figures.



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