Math 224: Differential Equations

Syllabus and Course Info, Spring 1999

M 12:00--11:50P.M, Olin 132

WF 12:00--11:50P.M, Olin 110

Final: 10:30A.M., 10 May

a ship is safe in harbor, but that is not what ships are built for

Instructor Info.
Instructor: Dr. Gavin LaRose
Office: Olin 109A
Office Hours: M,Tu,Th 2-4PM
(but come by anytime!)
Phone: (465--)2208
Math/CS WWW:
This page:
Grades: http://mathcs/~glarose/classes/diffeq/grades/
(username for the grade page is your first initial and last name --e.g., glarose; password is your student ID number, e.g., 0412345)

Text: Differential Equations, 1st ed., Borelli and Coleman; and the Spring 1999 NWU Differential Equations Lab Manual

This is an applied math course, taken by engineers and mathematicians. We are therefore interested in seeing the many fantastic applications of mathematics in this field, and also a glimpse of the powerful theory that underlies the application and mathematics that we see. In the applications are a powerful motivation to study the mathematics and exciting evidence of the inclusiveness of this field, and in the theory is a subtle beauty that provides for the consistency and effectiveness of the applications that we study. In this interplay there is a lot of fun to be had---and this is a fun course.

Goals: This is a first course in differential equations, and is concerned with the learning of mathematical material and the development of other related skills. In the first category, our objectives are for you at the end of the course to

In addition, we want you to have further developed those skills intrinsic to the study of math, and

Quote 2:
"Cheshire Puss," [Alice] began..., "would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?"
"That depends a good deal on where you want to get to," said the Cat.
"I don't much care where---," said Alice
"then it doesn't matter which way you go," said the Cat.
"---so long as I get Somewhere," Alice added as an explanation.
"Oh, you're sure to do that," said the Cat, "if you only walk long enough."

---Lewis Carrol

Course Policies:


25% Comprehensive Final
16% Projects (3)
10% Homework and In-class Work
10% Labs (about 10)
4% Reading Homework

Explanation of Assignments:

3: (those activities formerly known as tests)

Administrative Info.:

NWU's ADA statement:
``NWU seeks to maintain a supportive academic environment for students with disabilities. To ensure their equal access to all educational programs, activities and services, Federal law requires that students with disabilities notify the University, provide documentation, and request reasonable accommodations. If you need accommodations in this course, please notify me so that I can verify that the required documentation is filed with the Academic Affairs Office and that your accommodation plan is in place.''

Academic Integrity:
Academic integrity is one of the basic principles of a university community. Nebraska Wesleyan therefore both encourages and expects the highest standards of academic honesty from all students. The Student Code of Conduct states that ``cheating, plagiarism, or other forms of academic dishonesty'' are subject to disciplinary action. Refer to the Student Code of Conduct for additional information. Any student who violates these principles of academic integrity will fail this course.

Another type of assessment
As part of an effort to assess the success of this course at meeting its goals (as indicated above), anonymous copies of student assignments may be retained by the instructor unless a student requests otherwise. Any retained copies have no bearing on the students' grade and will in general not be considered until after the close of the semester.

quote 3:
Fall down seven times, get up eight

--Buddhist Proverb

Gavin's Differential Equations Syllabus
Last modified: Tue Jan 19 19:46:59 CST 1999
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