- M. Randall Holmes.
- Office number:
- Office telephone:
- Office hours:
- TBA, and see ``open office policy'' below.
- Home telephone:
- 345-2899 (please do not use after 8:30 pm or between 6 pm
Friday and noon Sunday).
- E-mail email@example.com
and other course information will be accessible from my web page.
- Title of Course:
- Math 333: Differential Equations. This is section 1.
- We meet 7:40 to 8:30 am each day except Thursday in MG 124.
- Final exam date and time:
- Monday, May 13, 8:00-10:00 am in MG 124.
- An Introduction to Differential Equations: order
and chaos, by Florin Diacu. This book has been used before, so there
might be used copies.
- The prerequisite for this course is completion
of Math 175 (Calculus II) with a C or better, or the equivalent in
transferred credit. Students who do not meet the prerequisites will
be administratively withdrawn if this comes to my attention: no
exceptions will be made.
- The following is the usual statement I make about
calculators in calculus and pre-calculus classes; I haven't really
thought about calculator use in this class, so I'm leaving the
statement in its usual form:
You are expected to have a graphing calculator in
this class. You will sometimes be permitted to use a graphing calculator
on exams and sometimes not, so you also need to have a plain scientific
calculator without graphing or symbolic calculation capabilities.
We will probably use the Maple lab from time to time.
- Getting into the Class:
- If you are trying to get into the
class, you should come to class and watch constantly for openings on
the web registration. I will not admit students over the capacity of
the room. If you intend to drop, please do so promptly so that
someone else who is waiting can get in!
- Attendance will not be formally taken, except for
the first two meetings of the class. Students who do not attend at
least one of the first two meetings are subject to administrative
withdrawal. In general, you are expected to attend this class every
- Homework will be assigned every day, and will generally be collected
two class sessions later (not counting exam dates as class sessions),
in order to give you time to ask questions as needed in class.
I will award thirty percent of the grade on a homework assignment
based on the simple fact of handing in your paper; the remaining
seventy percent will be determined by your performance on selected
problems. I will not mark all problems in a given assignment. You
should ask questions in class about problems you do not understand,
whether I mark them or not, and take appropriate advantage of the
presence of solutions to odd-numbered exercises in the back of the
If I assign Maple labs, they will be equivalent to homework
- There will be four hour exams and a final exam in this
course. Class time will not be officially devoted to review for
exams, except that there may (time permitting) be a review day for the
final. Dates for exams are tentatively set at February 8, March 8,
April 5, and May 3 (the last date is firm, as it is the last possible
day on which to give an exam).
- Late Work and Makeups:
- Makeups for exams will be possible, and
should if possible be arranged in advance of your absence. I disavow
any consistent policy whatever on late homework: homework received on
time will be graded as above and returned as promptly as possible,
while with late homework I may give you the thirty percent credit and
hand it back unmarked, grade the paper normally, or grade it with a
penalty, at my sole discretion, and I will attend to it when I have
time. Papers handed in late due to participation in official
university activities will be graded normally (following university
- Computation of Grades:
- Exams will usually be scaled linearly
so that the median class grade is 75%, then graded with 90's = A,
80's = B, 70's = C, 60's = D, etc. I may change the scaling if I am
displeased with the class performance (though this seldom happens); I
will never scale grades downward.
Your total homework grade has the same weight as an hour exam; your
final exam will have the weight of two hour exams. Your lowest hour
exam grade (or your homework grade if it is lowest) may be replaced by
your grade on the final exam if this helps you. Your course grade
will be the sum of your hour exam grades and your homework grade (the
lowest of these four grades being replaced by the final exam grade if
this helps) plus twice the final exam grade, divided by six.
- Open Office Policy:
- My office hours for these classes are
to be announced. I will almost always be in my office at the
officially scheduled times, and I will try to warn you when I will not
be. If I am in my office during a posted office hour, I am available
to help you.
Don't assume that these are the only times when you can get help! I
am generally in my office the entire working day (I take either the
4:40 or the 5:10 bus home) and I am never offended by a student asking
me for help if I am in the office (though I may help only briefly if I
am very busy).
- Academic Honesty:
- Collaboration on homework is expected and
even encouraged in this class. This does not mean copying of
homework. Collaboration on exams is of course not allowed. The penalty
for cheating (defined as looking at another student's paper or unauthorized
use of books or notes during an exam) will be a grade of zero (0) on the
relevant exam. A repeat offense will mean an F in the course.
- The word ``yesterday'' is defined to mean the previous
class session; the word ``tomorrow'' is defined to mean the next class session,
unless I specifically say otherwise :-)