Ordinary Differential Equations (Math 335)
- Instructor: Dr. Scott Sarra
- Office Hours: SH 325, MTWR 2:50 to 3:00 and 3:50 to 5:00.
- E-mail: sarra@marshall.edu
- Web location:
http://www.scottsarra.org/math/courses/odes/odes.html
Course Description: A
first course in
differential
equations. Topics include linear and nonlinear differential
equations,
initial value and boundary value problems, methods of solution,
modeling, series solutions, the Laplace transform, systems of
differential equations, numerical methods, and autonomous systems.
Textbook: Differential
Equations: An Introduction to Modern
Methods and Applications by J. Brannan and W. Boyce. ISBN:
0471651419.
Course Learning Objectives: Upon completion of the
course the student will understand how real world situations are
modeled with differential equations and well as analytical and
numerical solution techniques for the models. The student
will be prepared for more advanced study in differential equations.
Credits: 4
Prerequisites: MTH 330 and MTH 231
Grading
In class exams and projects will be used to determine grades.
Final grades will be assigned
according to the average as:
- 90<=x <=100 -> A; 80<=x <90 -> B; 70<=x
<80 ->
C; 60<=x <70 -> D; x <60 -> F
Homework:
Homework problems will be suggested for
the purpose of assisting you in mastering the material and for
preparing for exams. They will not be collected and
graded. Questions on homework problems should be raised at the
beginning of class. Exam questions will be derived from the
homework problems. The problems with be listed in
odeProblemsSpring2008.txt which
will be updated as we advance through
the semester.
Makeup exams:
If you are unable to take an exam due to an excused absence, you must
contact me prior to
the exam time and furnish the proper written verification of the
absence as defined by the MU
undergraduate catalog in order to take a
make-up exam. Excused absences, as defined by the MU
undergraduate catalog, fall into three categories: (1) university
sponsored activities; (2) absences as a result of illness or death in
the family; (3) absences resulting from major religious holidays.
Consult the catalog for details.
Attendance Policy:
Attendance is at your discretion. However, you are responsible for
what is covered in class, which at times may be different from
the text. Attendance may be used to make borderline grade decisions.
Documented learning disabilities:
Accommodations will be made to assist students with documented learning
disabilities. Students should make arrangements with the Help
center to provide the instructor with a notice of accommodation.