http://www.math.tamu.edu/~map/courses/308fa07/

This is a course in differential equations. Topics include linear ordinary differential equations, solutions in series, solutions using Laplace transforms, systems of differential equations. 

Instructor:  Dr. Matthew Papanikolas 


Office Hours:  Mon., Wed. 1011; Fri. 12:301:30; also by appointment. 




Office:  321 Milner 

Office Phone:  8451615 

Email:  map@math.tamu.edu 




Textbooks: 
The required textbooks are Differential Equations & Boundary Value Problems, by Nagle, Saff, and Snider, 4th ed., 2004, custom edition for Texas A&M. Solving Differential Equations with Maple V, Barrow, Belmonte, et al., Release 4, 1998, ISBN 0534345557. 




Course Syllabus:  The course covers most of chapters 15, 7, 9, and additional topics will be covered as time permits. 




Exams:  There will be 2 inclass Exams and a Final Exam. See schedule below. 




Homework:  Written and computer based homework will be due on a weekly basis. 




Calculators:  Use of calculators on homework is perfectly acceptable. However, calculators will not be permitted on quizzes and exams. 




Prerequisite:  Math 251 (third semester calculus) or equivalent. 




Course Webpage:  http://www.math.tamu.edu/~map/courses/308sp07/ 




Department Webpage:  The department's page on Math 308 is available here. 

There will be 2 inclass exams during the semester, as well as a cumulative final exam. The dates and times are listed below. 

Exam 1 
Exam 2 
Final Exam 

Date/Time 
Sept. 26 (Wed) 
Nov. 7 (Wed) 
Dec. 12 (Wed) 
Location 
BLOC 131 
BLOC 131 
BLOC 131 

Your final grade will be determined by the total number of points obtained on exams, homework, and quizzes. Out of 400 total points, each component contributes to your grade as follows: 
Component 
Points 

Homework/Maple 
50 
Exam 1 
100 
Exam 2 
100 
Final Exam 
150 

The following grade distribution will be used in determining final course grades: 
Grade 
Percentage of Total Points 

A 
90.0%100.0% 
B 
80.0%89.9% 
C 
70.0%79.9% 
D 
60.0%69.9% 
F 
0.0%59.9% 

Missed Work:  Making up missed work (including missed exams, quizzes, and homework) will be arranged according to Univesrity policies only. A university approved excuse must be provided to the instructor in writing (email is sufficient) within 1 working day for exams and within 2 working days for other work. 




Academic Dishonesty:  It is not permissible to hand in the work of others for a grade, including work on exams, quizzes, and homework. You are allowed to discuss homework with others, but your writeups are expected to be done on your own and in your own words. Copying the work of others will be prosecuted to the full extent possible under University policies. 




Disability Assistance:  Assistance is available from the office of Services for Students with Disabilities, Koldus 126, 8451637, ssdinfo@tamu.edu, http://studentlife.tamu.edu/ssd/. Students seeking special considerations for an exam must contact this office several weeks in advance. 