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Math 224--01: Differential Equations---Syllabus & Course Info, Spring 2000

M 12:00--1:50PM in Olin 132
WF 12:00-12:50PM in Olin 249
Final 10:30A.M. Tuesday, 9 May


Instructor Info

Instructor: Dr. Gavin LaRose
Office: Olin 109A
Office Hours: M 2-4P, Tu 2-3P, We 9-10:30A, & Th 2-3:30P (but come by anytime!)
Phone: (402 465-)2208
E-mail: glarose@umich.edu
Web: http://www.mathcs.nebrwesleyan.edu/~glarose/
Class Web: .../classes/diffeq
Grades: .../grades

This Course

is a first course in differential equations. It is an upper-level course in mathematics. And it is an applied course. These three facts inform the course construction and its goals, and have implications for its philosophy & expectations. You should, and I will, expect (you) to do homework, projects and labs: mathematics is learned constructively, by your working out the ideas and your understanding of them yourself---thus the only way to learn the material is to do the work. However, this is not a one-way street: I am here to help you learn, and will do everything I can to help you do the work, learn and do well in the course---and to have fun doing so.


Differential Equations, 1st ed., by Borelli & Coleman,
and the Spring 2000 NWU Differential Equations Lab Manual

Course Goals

for this semester are


36%   I2CA2s
26%   Comprehensive Final
15%   Projects (3)
10%   Homework & In-class work
10%   Labs (about 10)
3%   Reading Homework

Course Work

will consist of

Quote 1

Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth try.

J. Mitchener

Course Policies

ADA Information

``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

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.

Quote 2

Men stumble over the truth from time to time, but most pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing happened.

Sir Winston Churchill

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.
Gavin's DiffEq Syllabus, Spring '00
Last Modified: Sun Jan 16 11:41:58 CST 2000
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