M0150 Difference Equations

Faculty of Science
Spring 2017
Extent and Intensity
2/0. 2 credit(s) (příf plus uk k 1 zk 2 plus 1 > 4). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
doc. Mgr. Petr Zemánek, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
prof. RNDr. Roman Šimon Hilscher, DSc.
Department of Mathematics and Statistics - Departments - Faculty of Science
Supplier department: Department of Mathematics and Statistics - Departments - Faculty of Science
Mon 20. 2. to Mon 22. 5. Mon 10:00–11:50 MS1,01016
The basic course of Mathematical analysis I-II is supposed, the knowledges of differential equations are useful.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The aim of the course is to present the basic facts of the theory of difference equations. Students will understand theoretical and practical methods for solving difference equations.
Students will be able to compare the differences in the theories of differential and difference equations and, in particular, understand the differences which arise in these theories.
  • I. Introduction: motivation, elements of the diference calculus, elementary recursions.
  • II. Linear difference systems: homogeneous and nonhomogeneous systems, variation of parameters, transformations of difference systems, higher order linear difference equations.
  • III. Stability of difference equations and systems: motivation, dynamics of first order difference equations, stability of linear equations and systems.
  • IV. Oscillation theory of difference equations: Sturm-Liouville second order difference equation, methods of discrete oscillation theory, symplectic difference systems, difference equations and orthogonal polynomials.
    recommended literature
  • KELLEY, Walter G. and Allan C. PETERSON. Difference equations : an introduction with applications. 2nd ed. San Diego: Academic Press, 2001. ix, 403. ISBN 9780124033306. info
  • AGARWAL, Ravi P. Difference equations and inequalities : theory, methods, and applications. 2nd ed., revised and expande. New York: Marcel Dekker, 2000. xiii, 971. ISBN 0824790073. info
  • An introduction to difference equations. Edited by Saber N. Elaydi. 2nd ed. New York: Springer-Verlag, 1999. xvi, 427. ISBN 0387988300. info
  • PRÁGEROVÁ, Alena. Diferenční rovnice. Vyd. 1. Praha: SNTL - Nakladatelství technické literatury, 1971. 115 s. URL info
    not specified
  • ŠKRÁŠEK, Josef and Zdeněk TICHÝ. Základy aplikované matematiky. Vyd. 1. Praha: SNTL - Nakladatelství technické literatury, 1986. 896 s. URL info
Teaching methods
Lectures about theory with illustrative solved problems.
Assessment methods
Two-hour written final exam (it is needed to reach at least 50% of points) with oral evaluation of the exam with each student.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught once in two years.
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2011 - only for the accreditation, Spring 2003, Spring 2005, Spring 2007, Spring 2009, Spring 2011, Spring 2013, Spring 2015, Spring 2019, Spring 2021, Spring 2023.
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