MA 341-007
Applied Differential Equations I
Mathematics
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When and Where
Semester: Spring 2012
Meeting time: TuTh 1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Meeting place: SAS 2203
Instructor
Name: Stephen Schecter
E-mail address: schecter@math.ncsu.edu
Office location: SAS 3226
Office hours: MTuWThF 10:15 a.m. - 11:05 a.m.
Office telephone number: 515-6533
Office fax number: 513-7336
Teaching Assistants
Name: Tim Antonelli
E-mail address: tdantone@ncsu.edu
Office location: Cox 519
Office hours: M 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. and Th 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m..
Cell number: 910-617-6557
Name: Emily Barnard
E-mail address: esbarnar@ncsu.edu
Office location: Laundry 108
Office hours: MW 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Cell number: 815-919-6917
Name: Melissa Ngamini
E-mail address: mgngamin@ncsu.edu
Office location: Laundry 202
Office hours: Tu 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. and F 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Cell number: 443-414-0574
Course Objectives
Students will
- Learn to solve ordinary differential equations using various techniques: mostly analytical, some numerical and graphical.
- Learn to model problems from the sciences as ordinary differential equations, and to relate solutions to the original problem.
Prerequisites
Text
Nagle, Saff, and Snider, Fundamentals of Differential Equations with Boundary Value Problems, 6th edition (ISBN: 0321747747), Addison-Wesley, 2011, $121.80 at Amazon. There is an electronic version of the text that you can buy through the NC State Bookstore if you prefer. If you have the 5th edition, that should also work; the changes are minor and should not affect this course.
Attendance
Attendance at all meetings of the class is expected. Students are expected to arrive on time, to contribute to the learning environment, and to stay until the class ends.
We will make a seating chart on Tuesday, January 17. Please decide by then where you would like to sit. We will use the seating chart to take attendance and to pass back tests.
The attendance record is used to answer inquiries by University administrators. It is not used in grading.
Homework
I will regularly assign homework problems from the text, to be discussed at the next class. These problems will not be graded, but you will find that doing them is essential. Please check the homework page for assignments.
I strongly suggest that you find some other students to work on homework with. Staring at a problem you don't understand is not a good use of your time!
I will also assign computer-graded homework through WeBWorK. The assignments will become visible on certain days . Each assignment has a due date and time. Any work done after the due time will not be graded.
You should be able to log onto WeBWorK by Monday afternoon, January 9.
Use of WeBWorK is free to students in this course.
E-mail
I often send e-mail to the class. E-mail goes to the address you have given to the University. To see what this address is, go to the University OnLine Directory and look yourself up. If that is not the e-mail address you want, there is a link that lets you change it.
Tests
There will be three tests and a final exam.
Calculators may be used only to do arithmetic and evaluate the numerical value of expressions (for example, e^(.2) or sin(.7)). They may not be used for differentiation, integration, albegra, solving differential equations, graphing, etc.
The table of integrals on the inside front cover of the text may be used on tests. Once we get to Laplace transforms, the table on the inside back cover of the text may be used. You may bring your text to tests in order to use these tables, or you may print them.
If you miss a test, I will need a letter documenting the reason. Makeup tests can only be given for reasons such as illness, family emergency, participation in a University-sponsored event, required court attendance or military duty, or religious observances as certified by the Department of Student Development.
If you know you will be absent on a test date, you must clear the absence with me in advance and schedule a makeup date. In the case of an unanticipated absence on a test date, you must give me documentation and schedule a makeup date as soon as possible. See the University policies.
For University guidelines on academic integrity, see the Code of Student Conduct.
Technology
We will use the Interactive DE Tool for in-class demonstrations. You may also want to explore Maple for differential equations. See the Technology and DE's page of this web site for an introduction to these resources.
Grading
There are two parts to your grade:
I will calculate the test part of your grade two ways:
- Method 1
- Each of the three in-class tests counts 22% of your grade.
- The final counts 34% of your grade.
- Method 2
- Your lowest in-class test counts 12% of your grade.
- Each of the other two in-class tests counts 24% of your grade.
- The final counts 40% of your grade.
I will use whichever method gives the higher grade as the test part of your grade.
I will calculate your course grade two ways:
- Test part counts 85%, WeBWorK counts 15%.
- Test part counts 100%.
I will use whichever method gives the higher grade.
You can check your test grades on Grade Book and your WeBWorK grades on WeBWorK.
Students with Disabilities
Reasonable accommodations will be made for students with verifiable disabilities. In order to take advantage of available accomodations, 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 here.
Help with the Course
Feel free to visit the instructor or teaching assistant during their office hours, or to check with them about other times they are available. Also, feel free to contact them by e-mail.
The Mathematics Department Multimedia Center is an excellent place to work on WeBWorK problems with other students. Tutors are available there to help.
You can view online lectures for MA 341 here.
For tutoring, both free and paid, look here under "Help with Your Math Class."
The textbook publisher offers tutoring for a fee. Go to http://www.aw-bc.com/tutorcenter.
Resources
Rachel Levi's review problems
- Differentiation and integration: questions, answers.
- Continuity, limits, more on differentiation: questions, answers.
- Complex numbers (we will cover this): questions, answers.
- More on complex numbers and integration: questions, answers.
- Miscellaneous including shifting graphs: questions, answers.
- Systems of linear equations, determinants (we will cover this): questions, answers.
- Vectors, matrices, first-order differential equations (we will cover this): questions, answers.
Newton's anagram
Row Operations Tool
Instructor's home page
NC State home page
Last modified Tue Jan 24 2012
Send questions or comments to schecter@math.ncsu.edu