MAT 303: Calculus IV with Applications

Fall 2007
Department of Mathematics
SUNY at Stony Brook

Differential equations are the language in which the laws of physics are expressed. This course will introduce basic methods for solving ordinary differential equations. There is a particular emphasis on linear differential equations with constant coefficients and systems of differential equations. Numerous applications in the physical, biological, and social sciences will be discussed.

Instructor: Dr. Corbett Redden
Math Tower 3-114. Phone: 632-8261. email: redden at math dot sunysb dot edu
Office Hours: Wednesday 12:50-2:20p, Thursday 9:30-11:00a, or drop-in, or by appointment.

Recitation instructor and grader: Andrew Stimpson
Math. Tower 3-101, e-mail: stimpson at math dot sunysb dot edu
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Homework: Working homework problems is the only way to really learn the material. While you are encouraged to work with others, you must write up all solutions on your own. Homework sets will usually be collected in class on Fridays. No late homework will be accepted, but the lowest homework grade will be dropped. If you miss a homework assignment, you should still work out the problems on your own. Also, you are encouraged to read the corresponding section of the text book before attending each lecture.


These dates are firm, and make-ups will only be given in the case of unforseeable circumstances beyond the student's control. In such a case, the student should contact the instructor as soon as possible.

Class schedule:
LEC 1 MWF 11:45am-12:40pm Harriman Hall 116 Corbett Redden
R01 Tu 9:50am-10:45am Physics P117 Andrew Stimpson
R02 Th 2:20pm- 3:15pm Library N3063 Andrew Stimpson

Textbook:: Differential Equations and Boundary Value Problems: Computing and Modeling (4th Edition), by Edwards & Penney. Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2008. Though we use the 4th edition, it appears that the homework problems are identical to the 3rd edition.

Prerequisites: The completion of one of the standard calculus sequences (MAT 125-127, MAT 131-132, or MAT 141-142) with the grade C or higher in MAT 127 or 132 or 142 or AMS 161. The course will rely heavily on material covered in the standard calculus sequences. Familiarity with complex numbers and the basic concepts of linear algebra will be important, so the 200-level courses MAT 203/205 (Calculus III) and/or AMS 261/MAT 211 (Linear Algebra) are strongly recommended.

Course Grade: Midterm 1 25%, Midterm 2 25%, Final Exam 35%, Homework 15%

MLC: The Math Learning Center is located in Math Tower S-240A and offers free help to any student requesting it. It also provides a locale for students wishing to form study groups.

Disabilities: If you have a physical, psychological, medical or learning disability that may impact your course work, please contact Disability Support Services, ECC (Educational Communications Center) Building, room 128, (631) 632-6748. They will determine with you what accommodations are necessary and appropriate. All information and documentation is confidential. Students requiring emergency evacuation are encouraged to discuss their needs with their professors and Disability Support Services. For procedures and information, go to the following web site: