## Math 246
Summer 2005

Course Description

** Course title:** Differential Equations for
Scientists and Engineers

** Mathematics Department Course Page for Math 246 **

**Class time** MTuWThF 11:00-12:20

**Class location:** Room 0101 Math Building

**Professor:**
Mike Boyle

Math 246 office hours: 10:30 A.M. MTuWThF and appointment

Office: Room 4413, Math Building

Phone: 301-405-5135

** Tutoring for Math 246**:
Fei Xue, 12:30-2:30, MTuWThF, Room 0401 Math Building

** MATLAB**:

From 12:30-2:30, Monday through Friday, in Room 0203 of the
Math Building, there are computers available with MATLAB,
AND there is on duty a MATLAB T.A. (Aaron Lott) to help with
MATLAB problems.

** Prerequisites.**
MATH 141. Also recommended, some exposure to vectors/linear algebra.

**Required texts:**

Boyce and DiPrima, Elementary Differential Equations, 8th Edition

B. Hunt et al, Differential Equations with MATLAB, 2nd Edition

**Syllabus.**
In Boyce and DiPrima we will
cover Chapters 1,2,3,5,6,7 and 9. See the schedule of classwork
for more detail. From Hunt et al, we will cover all but chapters 11-12
and Problem set E. See the MATLAB info page for more detail.

**Grading.**
The weighting in your course score points (700 possible) will be
- 200 Final Exam
- 200 Midterm exams (there will be two midterm exams)
- 150 Homework
- 150 MATLAB Homework

(The total possible points for homework will be normalized to the
numbers given above.)

** Course Grades. **
Here is the correspondence of course grade and percentage
of possible points scored: A 85-100%, B 75-84%, C 65-74%, D 55-64%.
F 0-54%. It is possible that the curve
will be relaxed, but don't depend on this. With so much weight on
homework, it should be quite practical to get a good grade.

** Conflicts.**
If you know before an exam that you have a schedule conflict,
contact me in advance.

** Expectations/philosophy.** You are expected to
come to class, do the homework, and most important of all be
actively engaged in trying to understand. Two tips for success:
- Don't fall behind. (Summer 246 goes incredibly fast. Do your
homework for a section on the day it is covered in class. Don't put
off the MATLAB.)
- Make friends. Help each other. (On homework, it's usually
best to try alone first.)

**
Academic integrity.
**
(Follow the link -- especially, observe the guideline for what
is and is not cheating in this class.)

** Religious observances. **
If your religion dictates that you cannot take an exam or
hand in assigned work on a particular date, then contact
me * at the beginning of the semester * to discuss
alternatives. You are responsible for making these
arrangements at the beginning of the semester.

** Disabilities. **
If you have some disability related to testing under the usual timed,
in-class conditions, you may contact the office of Disabled Students
Services (DSS) in Shoemaker. If they assess you as meriting private
conditions and/or extra time, then you may arrange to take your tests
at DSS, with extra time as they indicate. You must arrange this well in
advance of a test (in particular: no retakes). Click to
Disability Support Services for further information.