MAT 308 Spring 2016 Syllabus

Textbook: Multivariable Mathematics, (4th ed.) by Williamson & Trotter.

Lecturer: Jingzhou Sun

Office: Math Tower 3102

Office Hours:  M 1:00-3:00pm in my office, W 1:00-2:00pm in MLC, or by appt.



You should visit The BlackBoard System for the homework assignments, and hand in them in your recitation the next week. Please notice that your TA will NOT accept late homework.


There will be a short quiz in your recitation session every other week. The first quiz will be taken in the week of Feb 8-Feb 12.


There will be two in class midterms, and of course one final exam, whose weights in the overall grade are listed below.


15% Homework 
10% Quizzes 
20% Midterm 1 
20% Midterm 2 
35% Final Exam (cumulative)

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Week of


Problems Due

Jan 25

10.1: 1st order DE, direction fields

10.2: Separation of variables

10.3: linear equations, integrating factors

Homework assignments will be updated in the BlackBoard System. Please check your BlackBoard updates

Feb 1

3.1: Linear Maps/Euclidean spaces

3.2: Vector Spaces

3.3: Linear Maps/Vector spaces

Feb 8

3.4 Image and Null Space

3.5 Coordinates and Dimension

3.6 Eigenvalues and Eigenvectors

Feb 15

3.6 Eigenvalues and Eigenvectors

3.7 Inner Products

Feb 22

Ch.3/Ch.10/Midterm Review

MidtermI, Wed. Feb 24th

No HW/Quiz this week

Midterm I in class

Feb 29

11.1 Differential Operators

11.2 Complex Solutions, Higher Order Eqns

11.3 Nonhomogeneous Eqns

March 7

11.4 Oscillations

11.5 Laplace Transform

11.6 Convolution

Mar 21

12.1 Vector Fields

12.2 Linear Systems

Mar 28

13.1 Eigenvalues/vectors

13.2 Matrix exponentials

Apr 4

13.2 Matrix exponentials

13.3 Non-homogeneous equations

Apr 11


Midterm, Wed. April 13rd

Midterm II:In class

Apr 18

13.4 Equilibrium and Stability

13.5 Nonlinear Systems

Apr 25

14.6 Differential Equations

14.7 Power Series Solutions

May 2