MATH 333: Differential Equations with Matrix Theory
Boise State University, Fall 2019

Instructor: Stephen Brill
Office: MB 218-A
Phone: (208) 426-3122
Fax: (208) 426-1356

Class meetings:
Section 003: 1030 to 1145. Section 005: 1500-1615. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays in room MPCB 201.

Differential Equations by Blanchard, Devaney and Hall.

Office hours:
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays: 1200-1315. Other times by appointment.

The purpose of homework is to give students the opportunity to work with and become familiar with the important concepts of the course. Homework will be assigned regularly but will not be graded. Collaborative work on homework exercises is encouraged. You will have the opportunity to discuss homework exercises in class.

Use of calculators is permitted on quizzes. Use of calculators is forbidden on tests and the final exam.

All students have access to the computer Lab in MB 136, where Maple, Matlab, etc. are available. You should be able to login using your myBoiseState credentials. Maple script for Heaviside forcing

Academic honesty:
All students are expected to be familiar with and adhere to the policies and standards given in the BSU Student Code of Conduct.

Cell phones, paging devices, etc.:
In the past, I enforced a very punitive policy if electronic devices made a noise and thus disrupted the class. I initiated this policy to combat an epidemic of such disruptions. However, this semester I am merely asking you to ensure that all of your electronic devices are on a silent mode once class begins. If my request is not honored, I will not hesitate to reintroduce my former policy, which admittedly is draconian.

Late work and/or extensions:
If you seek an extension on an assignment and the request occurs after the due date or time, your request will be summarily denied (except in the most extraordinary circumstances). Such requests that occur before the due date and time will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Contesting grades:
If you think I have graded you unfairly on a particular assignment, you must bring this to my attention within a week from the time that the assignment was returned to the class. After a week I will not consider any requests to review and possibly change my grading.

Tutoring and extra assistance:
Information on free tutoring is available here.

Learning outcomes:
At the conclusion of the course, the students will be able to:
Grading policy:
Your grade will be determined by your performance in three areas: Your grade will be computed via the following algorithm. Let x be the number of points accumulated throughout the semester (between 0 and 100):

A+: x > 97
A: 93 < x < 97
A-: 90 < x < 93
B+: 87 < x < 90
B: 83 < x < 87
B-: 80 < x < 83
C+: 77 < x < 80
C: 73 < x < 77
C-: 70 < x < 73
D: 60 < x < 70
F: x < 60

This page was most recently updated on 6 October 2019.