Math 308, Section 511,  Department of Mathematics, Texas A&M

Lecturer: Prof. Efendiev, 608K Blocker Hall, tel: 845-1972, e-mail:

Class hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 9:35-10:50am, Blocker 131

Ofiice Hours:  Monday 2-3pm, Tuesday 2-4pm (additional office hours will be held before the exams)

CATALOG DESCRIPTION: (3-0-0) : Linear ordinary differential equations, solutions in series, solutions using Laplace transforms, systems of differential equations. Prerequisites: MATH 251 or equivalent.

TEXTBOOK:  1) Fundamentals of Differential Equations & Boundary Value Problems (Fourth Edition), by Nagle, Saff, and Snider;  2) Ordinary Differential Equations using MATLAB (3rd Edition) by Polking and Arnold

EXAMS:       Exam 1:  March 2
                      Exam 2:  April 13
                      Final:  May 5, 12:30-2:30pm


MAKE-UPS: Students must make arrangements in advance (the sooner the better) if they will not be handing in homework on time or
will miss an exam. Exam absences due to recognized University-related activities, religious holidays, verifiable illness, and family/medical
emergencies will be dealt with on an individual basis. In all cases of absence from exams a written excuse is required. Ignorance of the time
and place of an exam will not be accepted as an excuse for absence.

INCOMPLETES: I will consider giving you an incomplete if you have successfully completed all but a small portion of the work of the
course and some severe, unexpected event prevents you from completing the course. This means that you must have taken at least 1 exam and quiz
and must be doing work at the C level or better. You will have to sign a contract detailing what you have to do to complete the course.
I cannot give you an incomplete simply because you are behind in your work; in the latter case you should try to drop the course.

S/U GRADE: If you are registered S/U we will submit a grade of S if your letter grade is C or above, and otherwise a grade of U.

PROCEDURE FOR CALCULATING GRADES. The course grades will be computed in the following way:
a total score (on a scale of 0-600) by adding up the following:  two midterm exam scores (each on a scale of 0-140), homework scores
(total score on a scale of 0-120),  and final exam score (on a scale of 0-200).
MIDTERMS: There are two midterm exams during regular class hours.
Please use the results of the first midterm to help you decide whether you're doing okay, need more help, or should drop the course.

HOMEWORK: Homework is assigned once a week and is due on Tuesday in the lecture.
Homework assignments will be announced in the lecture and can be found on
I encourage you to discuss homework problems with
your classmates, including strategies for solving different kinds of problems.
However, when you actually write up your solutions you must do this on your own. Handing in homework that is almost identical
to a classmate's is a form of cheating. Your homework should be neatly, clearly and logically written. Please be courteous to us and staple your
homework together. You are required to show methods of solution, not just final answers.  You must hand your homework in on time at the
beginning of lecture. Homework failing to meet these standards will not be graded unless an advance arrangement is made.

FINAL EXAM: The final exam is a two hour exam. Questions will be in the same format as on the midterms.
If you have SPECIAL NEEDS, promptly contact the Office for Students With Disabilities and your
lecturer in order to arrange for accommodations. Official University GRADING STANDARDS and official policy concerning SCHOLASTIC
CONDUCT are posted on /teaching/operationspg.html.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Policy Statement:
The following ADA Policy Statement (part of the Policy on Individual Disabling Conditions) was submitted to the University Curriculum Committee by the Department of Student Life. The policy statement was forwarded to the Faculty Senate for information.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Department of Student Life, Disability Services Office, in Room B116 of Cain Hall or call 862-4570.

Academic Integrity Statement: “An Aggie does not lie, cheat, or steal or tolerate those who do.” All syllabi shall contain a section that states the Aggie Honor Code and refers the student to the Honor Council Rules and Procedures on the web

POLICIES AND OTHER INFORMATION:  /teaching/operationspg.html