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Math 210: Differential Equations with Linear Algebra
Eugénie Hunsicker, Associate Professor of Mathematics

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Math 210, Differential Equations with Linear Algebra
Fall 2005, MWF 9:50 am, Briggs Hall room 416

Office Hours: My office hours will be posted on the board outside my office, and also on my webpage. I will also generally be available for a few minutes after class. Email me if you are unable to come to any scheduled office hours and if I have time, we can schedule another appointment. If you want to ensure that you can see me, do not wait until the last moment with questions.

Textbooks: The textbook for this course is Boyce and DiPrima, Elementary Differential Equations and Boundary Value Problems, eigth edition, which is available at Conkey's bookstore. Any other sources we use this term will be put on reserve under this course name and number in the library. I encourage you also to look for additional materials in the library using the catalogue.

Review Materials: Additional review materials, including exams and solutions from previous years, are available at Study Materials, at the left of this screen.

Tutoring: Some tutors are available for this course through the Center for Teaching and Learning in the basement of Briggs Hall. Please TALK TO ME before you see them. After you have talked to me, you can call the CTL (x6767) or email ( to make an appointment. Their hours of operation are 9-5 Monday to Friday and 7-9 pm Sunday to Thursday. Tutors will be instructed not to go over any assigned problems with students, although they may, as will I, go over similar problems.

Homework: Homework assignments will be assigned and due AT THE BEGINNING OF CLASS as designated on the schedule. Homework will be split into two parts. One part will consist of 8-10 problems that involve fairly straightforward (but not necessarily simple) applications of techniques. Two or three problems on each assignment will be proofs or problems that require some cleverness to solve with the techniques at hand. Part of your homework grade will be for each of these two parts of the homework. Homework assignments, should you forget what they are, are posted under Assignments, to the left. Homework should be neat and legible. Cooperation is encouraged, but duplication is not allowed. Late homeworks will earn a grade of 0, and will be considered late after the start of class on the day they are due. The lowest homework grade will be dropped. Homework solutions to selected problems, including all proofs, will be posted on line.

Project: Students will pair off to prepare posters on some application of differential equations. These posters will be presented in a poster session during the last week of term. I will give more information about these projects during class some time in the first few weeks. Handout

Calculators: You may use a calculator in this course, but it is not required. I recommend that you attempt all but the most calculationally gruesome problems by hand before checking your work on a calculator. I will also CLEAR YOUR CALCULATOR BEFORE EACH EXAM. If you are planning to use a calculator, I recommend the TI89, since that is the one I know how to use. There will be two of these calculators on closed reserve at the library circulation desk for you to use on homework (and I will bring them in for exams) if you do not wish to make the investment in a calculator of your own. Please do not remove these calculators from the library.

Exams: There will be a midterm exam given at 7:00 in the evening on Wednesday, October 19. The exam should take under two hours to complete, but you may take as much as three hours if you wish. I will give you a room number for the midterm closer to that date. The final will be on December 6, which is Tuesday of finals week, at 81:30. I will announce the room during the last week of class. There will be no makeup exams except in cases of emergency or unavoidable conflicts. Airplane tickets are not acceptable reasons for missing exams. If you have an unavoidable conflict with one of the exam dates, let me know as soon as possible to arrange a makeup exam. Except in cases of sudden emergency, I will not arrange a makeup exam unless I know at least a week in advance.

Grading: Your grade will be based on a weighted average of scores on basic homework (15%), advanced homework (10%), presentation (15%), the midterm (30%), and the final (30%).


Last updated Sept. 18, 2005

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