Instructor:

Dmitry Zenkov

Office: 
SAS 3150 
Phone: 
515–4201 
Email: 

Homepage: 
http://www.math.ncsu.edu/~dvzenkov/

Office hours: 
Tu 3:00–4:00, Fr 12:50–1:50, or by appointment 
Text: 
Fundamentals of Differential Equations and Boundary Value Problems, Nagle, Saff and Snider, AddisonWesley, 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: 
http://courses.ncsu.edu/ma341h/common/index

Topics to be covered:

 Firstorder differential equations (chapters 1 and 2)
 Linear secondorder 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., universityrelated 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

Grading: 
 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, 5157653. 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)
