MA341 - Applied Differential Equations I


Dr. Alina Chertock
Office Location: SAS 3212
Phone: (919) 515-3200
Fax: (919) 513-7336
Web Page:
Office Hours: T 12:00PM - 1:00PM and H 3:00PM - 4:00PM (or by appointment)

Lecture Assistants:

TBA Katherine Varga
Office Location: SAS 3263
Phone: (919) 515-2383
Web Page:
Office Hours: W 3:00PM-4:00PM

Course Meetings

Days: Tuesdays and Thursdays
Time: 10:15AM - 11:30AM
Campus: Main
Location: BS 320

Course Description

Requisites and Restrictions

Prerequisites: MA 242 or (MA 132 and MA 231)

Restrictions: Credit for this course and MA 301 is not allowed.


Fundamentals of Differential Equations and Boundary Value Problems by Nagle, Saff, and Snider, 6th edition, Addison-Wesley.
This textbook is required.

Course Resources

Tentative Weekly Schedule of Topics (including tests)

Week-by-week schedule (will be revised during the semester)


Optional Homework

Suggested problems from the book will be posted on the course web page. It will not be collected nor graded. You are encouraged to collaborate on the homework with fellow students, provided that it is done in a way that maximizes the benefit of the homework to all people involved. You will get maximum benefit from a homework problem if you work hard on it alone before combining your ideas with someone else's. Traditionally some of the test problems are taken from the homework.

Tests and Exams

There will be three in-class tests (scheduled depending on class progress) and a comprehensive final exam.


Homework - 15%, class tests - 50% (lowest grade counts half of each of the other two), final exam - 35%.

Grading Scale: 90%-100%: A, 80%-90%: B, 70%-80%: C, 60%-70%: D, less than 60%: F   (+ and - will also be used).

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Attendance Policy

Attendance: Students are expected to arrive on time, to contribute to group work and class discussions, and to stay until the class ends. Attendance at all meetings of the class is expected every day as it is critical for the understanding of the material and not attending class serves as its own penalty because this material takes much longer to learn independently. You are responsible for keeping up with missed work so that you do not fall behind. Office hours will not be utilized to re-teach material presented in class.

Absences: NCSU policy, including what constitutes an 'Excused Absence', is at


End-of-semester class evaluation

Academic Integrity

Academic Integrity: Students are required to comply with the university policy on academic integrity found in the Code of Student Conduct at

Academic Honesty: See for a detailed explanation of academic honesty.

Honor Pledge: Your signature on any test or assignment indicates "I have neither given nor received unauthorized aid on this test or assignment."

Accommodations for Disabilities

Reasonable accommodations will be made for students with verifiable disabilities. In order to take advantage of available accommodations, student must register with the Disability Services Office ( located at 1900 Student Health Center, Campus Box 7509, 919-515-7653. For more information on NC State's policy on working with students with disabilities, please see the Academic Accommodations for Students with Disabilities Regulation at

Non-Discrimination Policy

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