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.
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
At the conclusion of the course, the students will be able to:
- solve first-order ordinary differential equations using a variety of
- solve systems of first-order linear ordinary differential equations using
eigenvalues and eigenvectors.
- solve linear, constant coefficient, homogeneous and nonhomogeneous
second-order ordinary differential equations.
- use Laplace Transforms to solve first- and second-order initial-value
- use qualitative techniques to study solutions of first- and second-order
ordinary differential equations.
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):
- Three tests -- Tests will occur during regular class meeting
times on 27 September, 1 November, and 6 December.
Any requests to take a test on a date other than which appears
directly above must be submitted to me in writing at least four weeks prior to
the test's regular administration. Exceptions to this policy may be granted
only in extraordinary circumstances, such as illness or injury.
Collaborative work on tests is not
Solutions to tests.
Quizzes -- All quizzes are
take-home and will be assigned and collected on a weekly basis
(except those weeks when tests occur).
quizzes are available online
on Wednesdays and are due at the beginning
of class on the subsequent Friday.
Students must work on quizzes in groups of one, two, or three;
each group submits only one quiz paper for the entire group.
Your lowest quiz score will be "dropped".
- Final exam --
Section 003 at 1200 on Wednesday, 18 December.
Section 005 at 1430 on Monday, December 16.
Collaborative work on the final exam is not permitted.
Also, the four week rule above applies also to the
Each student determines the relative ranking of these three components.
Click here for instructions on how
to do this.
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.