Textbook: Differential Equations and Boundary Value Problems: Computing and Modeling, 3rd Edition, by Edwards & Penney, Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2004.
Note that the second and third editions of the book have similar text, but the problems are different. If you own the second edition, in order to do the homework you'll need to borrow the third edition from a friend, or look at the book in the library, or in the Math Learning Center.
Prerequisite: 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 heavily rely on the material covered in the standard calculus sequence. The 200-level courses MAT 203/205 (Calculus III) or AMS 261, and MAT 211 (Linear Algebra) are not required but are strongly recommended.
Instructor: Leon Takhtajan, Math Tower 5-111,
Office Hours: M, 3:30 - 4:30 pm, W, 1:30 - 2:30 pm, and by appointment.
Phone: 632-8287 email: leontak@math.sunysb.edu
Recitation instructor and grader: Daniel An, Math. Tower 2-107, e-mail: danan@math.sunysb.edu
Lectures: New material is presented each week at the lectures.You are encouraged to read the corresponding section of the text before attending each lecture.
Class schedule:
LEC 1 | MWF | 11:45am-12:40pm | Physics | P116 | Takhtajan, Leon |
R01 | Tu | 9:50am-10:45am | Physics | P116 | An, Daniel |
Homework: Doing the homework is a fundamental part of the
course
and you are supposed to work hard on the problems assigned in order to
succeed in the course. Homework will be posted weekly on the web
page and will be collected during the recitation session a week
after the material is covered in class. For example, the assignment
posted on Wednesday, September 10, will be based on the material
covered
in class during the week 9/14-9/20 and will be due on Tuesday,
September
23. Late homework will not be accepted, no exceptions. Most of
the homework problems can be checked using Maple, a symbolic algebra
program.
However, you should not become dependent on Maple since on the exams it
will be assumed that you can do analytically all problems on the
homework,
and no other devices, except pencil and paper, will be allowed on the
tests.
Exams:
Advisory letter grades for the Midterm I (not recorded)
0-25 | F |
26-40 | D |
41-55 | C,C+ |
56-69 | B-,B. B+ |
70-74 | A- |
75-90 |
A, A+ |
Advisory letter grades for the Midterm III (not recorded)
0-25 | F |
26-42 | D |
43-68 | C,C+ |
69-80 | B-,B. B+ |
80-85 | A- |
86-100 |
A, A+ |
Grading: Your course grade will be based on your examination performance and homework, weighted as follows: two midterms in class 20% each, take home midterm 15%, homework 15% and the final exam 30%.
Help: The Math Learning Center (MLC) is in Physics A-127.
This
is a place where students can go for help and where study groups can
meet.
The MLC is open 10 am-9pm Monday through Wednesday, 10am-6pm
Thursday
and 10am-2pm on Friday. If you want a private tutoring, there should be
a list of mathematics graduate students who tutor in the Undergraduate
Mathematics Office, Math. Tower, P-143.
Useful information regarding the course will be regularly posted on the World Wide Web, and can be accessed by pointing your browser to
DSS advisory. If you have a physical,
psychiatric,
medical, or learning disability that may affect your ability to carry
out
the assigned course work, please contact the office of Disabled Student
Services (DSS), Humanities Building, room 133, telephone
632-6748/TDD.
DSS will review your concerns and determine what accommodations may be
necessary and appropriate. All information and documentation of
disability
is confidential.