261Pantea
Course Information
Description: Elementary Differential Equations.
Instructor: Casian Pantea. email me
Class schedule: TR 4:00-5:50PM in Armstrong 117
Office hours: Tuesday 10-11AM, Thursdays 1-2PM, in Armstrong Hall 305B
Info sheet containing more or less the stuff on this webpage.
Textbooks and resources
Textbook:
Boyce & DiPrima, Elementary Differential Equations and Boundary Value Problems, 10th Edition
Useful free resources:
Linear algebra notes
Web goodies
Evaluation
Grading scheme
- 30% Final exam on Tuesday Dec 15 2015, 8-10AM in Armstrong Hall room 117
- 40% Two midterm exams (2x20%)
- 20% Quizzes
- 10% Homework assignments
- Letter grades will be assigned according to the scheme
- A 90-100% | B 80-90% | C 70-80% | D 60-70% | F 0-60%
Quizzes
- There will be six 10-minute quizzes (one every two weeks); best five will count towards your grade.
- Quizzes will test the material covered during the previous two weeks.
- No make-up quizzes will be given.
Homework
- Homework will be assigned once every two weeks, and due two weeks later (please see the course schedule below for exact dates).
- Your best five homework papers will count towards the final grade.
- Late turn-ins will not be accepted.
Midterms
- There will be two 80-minutes in-class midterm exams, on September 22 and November 3.
- Midterm exams will test material covered after the previous midterm (they are not cumulative).
- Calculators will not be allowed.
Final Exam
- Tuesday Dec 15 2015, 8-10AM in Armstrong 117.
- Final is cumulative.
Course Schedule (updated as we go along)
Date | Topic | Resources | HW/Quiz | |
---|---|---|---|---|
Tuesday, Aug 18 | Introduction | 1.1 | Evaluation Test | |
Thursday, Aug 20 | Solving equations; types of equations | 1.2, 1.3 | ||
Tuesday, Aug 25 | Linear ODEs. Integrating factors | 2.1 | ||
Thursday, Aug 27 | Separable ODEs | 2.2 | ||
Tuesday, Sep 1 | Some models | 2.3, 2.5 | ||
Thursday, Sep 3 | Linear homogeneous equations. Constant Coefficients | 3.1-3.3 | HW1 due | |
Tuesday, Sep 8 | Constant Coefficients. Mechanical vibrations | 3.4, 3.7. | ||
Thursday, Sep 10 | Method of the undetermined coefficients | 3.5 | Quiz1 | |
Tuesday, Sep 15 | Variation of parameters. Review | 3.6 | ||
Thursday, Sep 17 | Review | HW2 due | ||
Tuesday, Sep 22 | Midterm Exam | Solutions | ||
Thursday, Sep 24 | Power series | 5.1 | Quiz2 | |
Tuesday, Sep 29 | Series solutions near ordinary points | 5.2 | ||
Thursday, Oct 1 | Series solutions near ordinary points | 5.3 | HW3 due | |
Tuesday, Oct 6 | Euler equations, regular singular points | 5.4 | ||
Thursday, Oct 8 | Review of matrices | 7.2 | Quiz3 | |
Thursday, Oct 15 | Linear independence, Eigenvalues, eigenvaectors | 7.3 | ||
Tuesday, Oct 20 | Intro to systems of first order linear equations | 7.1 | ||
Thursday, Oct 22 | Systems of first order linear equations | 7.4 | Quiz4 | |
Tuesday, Oct 27 | Homogeneous linear systems with constant coefficients | 7.5 | ||
Thursday, Oct 29 | Homogeneous linear systems with constant coefficients | 7.6 | HW4 due | |
Tuesday, Nov 3 | Midterm Exam | |||
Thursday, Nov 5 | Homogeneous linear systems with constant coefficients | 7.8 | Quiz5 | |
Tuesday, Nov 10 | Homogeneous linear systems with constant coefficients | 7.9 | ||
Thursday, Nov 12 | Laplace Transform | 6.1 | HW5 due | |
Tuesday, Nov 17 | Laplace Transform | 6.2 | ||
Thursday, Nov 19 | Laplace Transform | 6.3 | Quiz6 | |
Tuesday, Dec 1 | Laplace Transform | 6.4, 6.5 | ||
Thursday, Dec 3 | Review | HW6 due | ||
Tuesday, Dec 8 | ||||
Tuesday, Dec 15 | Final Exam - 8AM-10AM, ARM 112 |
Where does your score stand?
Inclusivity statement
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