Math246 is an introduction to ordinary
differential equations. The course
introduces the basic techniques for solving
and/or analyzing first and second order
differential equations, both linear and
nonlinear, and systems of differential
equations. Emphasis is placed on qualitative
and numerical methods, as well as on
formula solutions. The use of a
mathematical software system (MSS), either
Mathematica or MATLAB, is an integral
and substantial part of the course.
MATLAB: MATLAB is available in all WAM labs and on the GLUE
system and it will be a very useful addition in our course.
There will be four MATLAB assignments. Students are encouraged to work
in small teams but must turn in individual reports.
Little class time will be spent on MATLAB; students must master the
required software on their own, using Coombes at al.
There are no makeups for tests or quizzes.
Final Exam: A common final exam will be held on the week of Dec 16 - Dec 21. The exact date will be announced shortly.
Grading: Quizzes 5%, Midterms 15% each, Computer Problem sets 20%, Final exam 30%.