MA 532-001 Fall 2008
Ordinary Differential Equations I
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Meeting time: MWF 12:25 - 13:15
Meeting place: HA 274
Instructor: Stephen Schecter
E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Office location: HA 349
Office hours: MTWHF 9:10 - 10:00
Office telephone number: 515-6533
Office fax number: 513-7336
Goals of the Course
The student will learn the basic theory and techniques of ordinary differential equations, including linear systems, existence and uniqueness theory, linearization, stability, limit sets, and periodic solutions.
MA 341, MA 405, and MA 425 or 511.
Corequisite: MA 426 or 512.
Differential Dynamical Systems by James D. Meiss, SIAM, 2007, $79.00.
MA 532 will cover Chapters 1 through 4. MA 732 will cover Chapters 5 through 8 (invariant manifolds, planar systems, chaos, bifurcations).
An errata sheet for the text is available on the author's home page.
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I encourage you to work on homework assignments with one or more of your classmates. However, you must write up your answers yourself. Please see the University guidelines on academic integrity.
- Homework: 1/3
- Two one-hour tests: 1/6 each
- Final: 1/3
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The final exam is Wednesday, December 10, 1 - 4 p.m., in the usual room.
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