MA:353:01 Differential Equations Fall, 2017
Syllabus
Instructor: Kenneth Brakke
Office: 308 Fisher Hall
Office phone: 4466
Office hours: 1:00-3:00 MWF and 1:00-3:00 TTh. You may
drop in anytime I am in my office, which is usually
8:30-5:00 everyday, except for lunch and my other
classes 10:00-11:05 MWF and 10:00-11:35 TTh
Email: brakke@susqu.edu
I will use email to communicate with the class outside
of classtime, e.g. for homework corrections, hints,
etc. So check your email regularly. When emailing me,
be sure to use a good subject line. Blank subjects, and
generic subjects like "question" and "help" are liable
to get eaten by our spam filter. Use a subject like
"Diff Eq homework question".
Text: A First Course in Differential Equations with Modeling Applications
10th edition, by Dennis G. Zill. ISBN: 978-1-111-82705-2
Purpose: To learn about differential equations, which describe
how systems change in time and space. Such equations contain
deriviatives of an unknown function. This course will study
"ordinary differential equations," which have one time (or space)
independent variable, and one or several dependent variables.
Topics will include first order equations, separable equations,
linear differential equations, and systems of equations.
Applications include, but are not limited to, everything in
the universe.
Grading: Hour exams 50%
Final exam 30%
Daily homework 20%
General:
The exact correspondence between points and letter grades
will be determined at the end of the semester. It is usually
close to the traditional 90-80-70-60 cutoffs, but I reserve
the right to modify it.
Homework is due daily at the start of class, and will be graded.
Late homework will get half credit, unless previous arrangements
have been made (i.e. tell me when you are going to miss class
for some excellent reason, or email me when you are too sick to
come to class).
Roll will not be taken, but frequent absences will be noticed.
You are still subject to the attendence policy in the Student
Handbook.
Policy on cheating: Don't. Studying together to understand the
material is fine, but the work you hand in is to be your own.
See the Student Handbook statement on academic honesty.
Final exam: there will be a comprehensive final exam held in the
official final exam period for this course, Wednesday, December 13,
from 3:00 to 5:00 pm. Tell your family not to plan family vacations,
weddings, rides home etc. until after finals.