UWG Fall 2005
MATH 3303: Ordinary Differential Equations
MWF 09:00 am - 09:50 am Boyd Building Room 302
Instructor: Dr. Van Minh Nguyen
Phone: 678-839-4130 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
MWF: 8:30-9:00am, 11:00 am -12:00 pm, 3:30-5:00 pm.
R: 8:30-9:30 am, or by appointment
MathLab: in Boyd 205, to be announced
Website of the course: www.westga.edu/~vnguyen/F5-3303.htm
Equations with Boundary-Value Problems, Sixth Edition, by
Dennis G. Zill and Michael R. Cullen, Brooks-Cole Publishing Company, 2004.
This course is an introduction to the subject of differential equations and has three components:
We shall use the computer
algebra system Maple for symbolic computations and for its linear algebra and
integral transforms packages.
Learning Outcomes: the student will be able:
-To identify and classify a differential equation
-To decide whether a solution is unique, and to find its domain of existence
-To solve first order equations by classical methods
-To model a simple process and determine its evolution for large time
-To solve an inhomogeneous equation using undetermined coefficients or variation of parameters
-To find power series solutions of linear equations with analytic coefficients
-To solve systems of linear equations by methods of linear algebra
-To use computer resources to
solve ordinary differential equations symbolically
Quizzes: There will be 7-8 quizzes. The best 5 quizzes will count. Each is worth 10 points.
Tests: There will be one in-class test and one take-home
test worth 100 points each. The take-home test is supposed to be completed
Projects: There will be 2-3 projects that are worth 100 points.
Final exam is worth 150 points.
Extra Credits: are given to those students who actively participate in discussion and in solving in class problems.
Test and Quiz Policy:
No make-up tests or quizzes will be given. Missed tests and quizzes get grade of 0.
Grading: The final letter grade will be determined by the following scale:
A = 450 -
500, B = 400 - 449, C = 350-399, D = 300 -
349, F = below 300
Homework: This is an important part of the course. There will be no homework assignments to be handed in. However, at the end of most classes you will be given a list of problems – these are the minimum that you should work. Some of these problems will be gone over in the next class session and some will be included into the in-class tests. Practice is important. You should make sure to set aside some time every class day to work problems.
Attendance Policy: Students are expected to attend every class. If a class is missed, the student is responsible for all material, assignments and announcements.
Attendance: 6 absences lead to WF.
Students are expected to achieve and maintain the highest standards of academic
honesty and excellence as described in the Undergraduate Catalog. In short, be
responsible and do your own work.
(Take-home) Test 1
(In-class) Test 2