About MAT267

This course covers a selection of topics that are essential for electrical and computer engineering, and is basically a continuation of MAT265. The main topics are Fourier series, the Fourier transform, and their discrete analogues, with applications to the wave equation, telegraph equation, signal processing, and data handling.


Ian Zwiers


Office Phone: 604-822-3918

Scheduled office hours will be announced on the course website, or contact the instructor to make an appointment.

Lectures are: Monday and Wednesday, 8am-9:30am, in BUCH A104.


We will refer to course notes from Joel Feldman, available on the website.

There is no required textbook. Some good supplementary textbooks:

Elementary Differential Equations & Boundary Value Problems by Boyce & DiPrima is often used at UBC. Chapters 10 & 11 cover the first four weeks of course material.

Schaum’s Outline of Signals and Systems by Hsu. Chapters 1,2,4,5 and 6 cover the later part of the course. It is cheap, available from Amazon, and contains a lot of worked examples. The 2nd edition contains extra chapters not related to the course.

Other references you might find useful:

Signals & Systems by Oppenheim & Willsky is the course textbook for EECE 359. It is available on two-hour loan from the IK Barber library. Chapters 4, 5 & 10 discuss most course topics. Lectures, slides & exercises follow Oppenheim & Willsky’s notation whenever possible.

Signals & Systems with MATLAB by Karris is an online textbook available from the UBC library. Chapters 7, 8, 9 & 10 discuss most course topics, albeit with a different order and emphasis.


There will be nine or ten sets of exercises, posted on the course website. Not every assigned exercise will be marked. You are intended to work on exercises as the material is discussed in lecture. Homework will be due either Monday or Wednesday, in class. Late homework will not be accepted.

Exams & Evaluation

Midterms will be held 7-8pm Thursday January 31st, and Thursday March 7th. You must inform the instructor of any conflicts before the fourth lecture.

If you miss a midterm due to a medical emergency, you must present a doctor’s note as soon as possible. In such a situation the grading scheme will be adjusted so that the final exam makes up the difference. There will be no make-up midterms.

The final exam period is April 10th to 24th. An exact date will be announced in March.

Your grade for the course will be computed roughly as follows:

Assigned Exercises: 10%

Midterms: 20% each

Final Exam: 50%

All marks are subject to scaling to ensures fairness with section 202.