Office: Herman Brown Hall Basement 47
Office hour: Tuesday, Thursday 12:00-1:30pm and by appointment
Location: Herman Brown 453
TA: Christian Brunn, Jon Fickenscher and Carolyn Otto
Help session: Sunday, Monday 7:00-9:00pm at BL123, Wednesday 7:00-9:00pm at DH1075
Lab session: Thursday 7:00-9:00pm at SH101
This course focuses on ordinary differential equations and some of their many applications. We will take several approaches, including both analytic and numerical solution methods, as well as qualitative methods which enable us to discover properties of solutions without actually having a formula.
Matrix algebra will be a useful tool, and we will cover parts of this subject which will be necessary for us. Throughout the course, we will utilize MATLAB and/or some other computer algebra system for visualization and numerical computation.
Differential equations are widely used to model phenomena that arise in the sciences and engineering. We will discuss as many of these models as we have time for. We will also spend a little time discussing the modeling process itself.
There are two books required for the course.
The textbook and the third edition of the lab manual are available in a shrink wrapped package in the bookstore for the price of the textbook alone. Also, individual chapters of the third edition are available online.
The final grade for the
course will be determined by your performance on the homework, the two midterm
exams, the final exam and final project according to the following algorithm:
Two midterms 20% each, Final 30%
There will be a homework assignment each class. The homework is due the next day in class.
The homework is not pledged. You are encouraged to discuss the homework and to work together on the problems. However, each student is responsible for the final preparation of his or her own homework papers.
Each student will be allowed to have at most one late homework assignment.
Any student with a
documented disability needing academic adjustments or accommodations: please
speak with me during the first week of class. All discussions will remain
confidential. Students with disabilities will need to contact Disability
Support Services in the