214-5 Elizabeth Hall
campus box 8340
Mon 11:00 - 11:50, 2:30 - 3:20
Wed 11:00 - 11:50
Fri 11:00 - 11:50
or by appointment
Course Overview At Stetson, differential equations is an elective math course of the "applied" variety, although there is a good deal of theory in the field.
In this course you will be introduced to the field by exploring the basic questions:
Text and Software The book is Blanchard, Davaney, & Hall, Differential Equations, 3rd edition, chapters 1-3 and 5. It is both readable and amusing. We will be using Mathematica to support the concepts and calculations. Learning to program is part of the course.
Grading Your grade will be based on 3 tests (20% each), a project (10%), homework (5%), and a final exam (25%). The grading scale is A 90-100%, B 80-90%, etc.
Policies and Due Dates You must take the major tests during the scheduled class time unless you have a valid excuse cleared with me ahead of time. Test dates are Wednesday 9/17, Wednesday 10/8 (the day before fall break), Friday 11/14, and (final) Tuesday 12/9, 4-6 pm. Tests will include a take-home Mathematica portion that will be 10% of the test grade. Likewise, 10% of the final exam grade will be your total Mathematica portfolio. Please see the grading rubric for the portfolio.
The project is individual, and can be a lab from the book or a topic in the book not covered by me. Talks are the week before Thanksgiving, and papers are due the last day of class. Please consult with me well before the due dates to be sure you're on the right track. Also see the Guidelines for Mathematics Papers and the Guidelines for Mathematics Talks on the course web page.
Homework should consume about 6 hours per week outside of class. At least one even-numbered problem, more at your option, is collected daily at the beginning of the class period. It must be written neatly on one side of the paper, stapled. You may send assignments with a friend if you miss class.
Attendance is expected. Previous students have found that loyal attendance (3 or fewer absences) is required for success in my courses.
Assistance All work on in-class tests must be your own: no books, notes, or other people. You may receive help on Mathematica, projects, and homework from me or classmates, but the final product must be your own interpretation in your own words. I support the Stetson University Honor System.
This is an upper level course for mature mathematics students. You are responsible for learning the material, reading the text, identifying your questions and difficulties, talking with me inside and outside of class, keeping up with the syllabus, reading your email, and knowing class policies. Visit my web site to find out more about me and about the course. If you have special needs, please don't hesitate to discuss them, either with me or with the Academic Resources Center.
Communication I use Blackboard to communicate important information about the class. Also see my contact information above. You are welcome in my office, my voicemail, and my Inbox.
fall 2008 syllabus
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