MA 341

DAN 434, MoTuWeFr 11:45–12:35, 

Spring 2017

Instructor: Dmitry Zenkov
Office: SAS 3150
Phone: 515–4201
Office hours: TBA
Text: Fundamentals of Differential Equations and Boundary Value Problems, Nagle, Saff and Snider, Addison-Wesley, 6th edition
Prerequisites: MA 242; grade C or higher
Class description: The class discusses methods for solving ordinary differential equations including Laplace transform, phase plane analysis, and matrix techniques for linear systems
Class resources:
Topics to be covered:
  • First-order differential equations (chapters 1 and 2)
  • Linear second-order equations (chapter 4)
  • Laplace transform (chapter 7)
  • Systems of linear equations (chapter 9)
  • Phase plane analysis and stability (parts of chapters 5 and 12, time permitting)
Class policy:
  • Regular class attendance is expected
  • Personal travel plans will not be considered as a reason for making up tests
  • Missing a test because of an undocumented or unexcused absence will result in a zero score for that test
  • Anticipated absences (e.g., university-related trips) should be reported before the test dates, and should be appropriately documented
  • Emergency absences should be reported as soon as possible, and should be appropriately documented
  • The final exam is cumulative and mandatory
Exam schedule:
  • Exam 1: Friday, February 3
  • Exam 2: Wednesday, March 1
  • Exam 3: Friday, April 7
  • Final exam: Monday, May 1, 9:00–12:00
  • All exams are closed book/notes
  • Exams: 50%
  • Final exam: 35%
  • Online homework: 15%
  • A: 90–100, B: 80–89, C: 70–79, D: 60–69, F: below 60
  • The cutoffs for the +/- grades will be determined at the end of the semester
Some suggestions:
  • Read the text before it is covered in class
  • Study on regular basis and do not fall behind
  • Learn the definitions, concepts, and ideas, do not resort to just problem solving
  • Get your questions answered (in class, during office hours, etc)
Calculators: Simple (nonprogrammable) calculators are allowed
Academic Integrity Statement: Students are expected to follow University guidelines (available here)
Reasonable accommodations will be made for students with verifiable disabilities. In order to take advantage of available accommodations, students must register with Disability Services for Students at 1900 Student Health Center, Campus Box 7509, 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 (REG02.20.1)