Differential Equations

Math 308-503 (MWF 10:20-11:10...BLOC 128) - Spring 2012

Instructor: J. D. Ward
Office: 305 Milner Hall
E-mail: jward@math.tamu.edu
Phone: 845-7554 (math office)
URL: http://www.math.tamu.edu/~joe.ward/
Office Hours: Wed. 1:30-4:00 or by appointment

Course: MATH 308 Differential Equations

Required Text: W.E. Boyce and R. C. DiPrima, Elementary Differential Equations: Ninth Edition, Wiley Custom 2009.

Prerequisites Math 251 or equivalent; knowledge of Matlab or Maple would be helpful.

Course Objectives: to expose the students to the basics of linear ODEs and to nourish an appreciation for the potential of application of ODEs to various engineering problems.

Grading System & Tests: Your grade will be based on homework, three in-class tests which will be within one class day of (Feb. 8 & March 7 & April 11 ) and a final exam (Friday, May 4, 3:00-5:00). The homework will count for 20%, each in-class test for 20% and the final for 20%. Your letter grade will be assigned this way: 90-100%, A; 80-89%, B; 70-79%, C; 60-69%, D; 59% or less, F.

Note: Q-drop deadline is Monday, April 2 (5 P.M.).

Make-up Policy: I will give make-ups (or satisfactory equivalents) only in cases authorized under TAMU Regulations. In borderline cases, I will decide whether or not the excuse is authorized. Also a student MUST contact me BEFORE missing an exam (only emergencies allowed if contact after the exam).

Copying Course Materials:   "All printed hand-outs and web-materials are protected by US Copyright Laws. No multiple copies can be made without written permission by the instructor."

Aggie Honor Code:   "An Aggie does not lie, cheat, or steal or tolerate those who do."

Homework: You may consult with each other on homework problem sets, BUT only submit work which is in your own words AND be sure to cite any sources of help (either texts or people). Late homework will not be accepted. The homework problems will be announced in class and can be found on my homepage http://www.math.tamu.edu/~jward

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Help Sessions for homework and Matlab

Calclab Hours

Help with 308 homework: Mon., Wed. and Thurs. 7:00-9:30 PM, Bloc 102: Sunday 2:30-5:00 PM , Bloc 169

Help with matlab: Mon. thruough Thurs. 7:00-10:00 PM: Sunday 1:00-10:00 PM , Bloc 128

MATH 308 - Suggested Weekly Schedule

MATH 308. Differential Equations.(3-0) Credit 3.0. Ordinary differential equations, solutions in series, solutions using Laplace transforms, systems of differential equations. Prerequisites: MATH 251 or equivalent; knowledge of computer algebra system.

Suggested (Approximate) Schedule

The remaining lectures may come from either Chapter 8 (Numerical Methods) or Chapter 9 (Nonlinear Systems).

MATH 308 - Suggested Homework Problems

All students should read the text, the lab manual, and study the online Chapter Notes before attempting the problems. Lab Manual and basic problems should be done by everyone. Advanced problems (marked with an asterisk '*') are optional and are for those students seeking A and B grades. Problems will be selected from those below and will be posted on my webpage each week.