Applied Ordinary Differential Equations
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As our text we will use Paul Blanchard, Robert L. Devaney, Glen
R. Hall, Differential Equations (second edition). Brooks Cole. 2002.
ISBN: 0534385141. Here is information on where
to by the book.
I would like to cover most of chapters 1-3. I
think this is a realistic goal, but the pace may be brisk at first.
I have several goals for this course:
- I want you to gain experience working with and critically
evaluating different mathematical models.
- I want you to learn what differential equations are and become
familiar with a variety of techniques for solving them.
- I want you to do an in-depth, focused study of a particular
mathematical model or technique.
- I want to help you improve your quantitative literacy, problem
solving skills, and mathematical confidence.
- I want to have fun while working hard and learning some
Your evaluation will be based loosely on the following:
I will assign grades (for those who so opt) by following the guidelines
on page 8 of the COA Course Catalog. I do not have any quota of A's,
B's, etc. In general, I recommend against grades; I believe they are
more likely than not to interfere with genuine, reflective
- Weekly Homework Assignments: 45 percent.
- Week 5 Presentation: 10 percent.
- Final Project: 35 percent.
- Class Participation: 10 percent.
Policies and Stuff
- The final version of this and related documents can be found on
the course web page, http://hornacek.coa.edu/dave/Teaching/Odes.04.
- Homework will be due Fridays at the end of the day. More than one
unexcused late homework assignment will result in me likely mentioning
this in your narrative evaluation and may result in a lowering of your
- You are strongly encouraged to work together on homework. You
can also consult me, class tutors, other faculty, friends,
and family. However, the homework you hand in should represent
your own understanding. This means that if your friends get a
homework problem and you don't understand how they did it,
you shouldn't photocopy their solution and turn it in.
- Information on what is expected for your final presentation can be
found in a separate document.
- Information on what is expected in homework solutions can be
found in a separate document.
- I will almost always assign reading for each class. You should
do the reading before class and come prepared to discuss.
- In order to make time for final presentations, we'll need to
schedule a few extra classes toward the end of the term. I would like
to open up our final presentations to the full COA community.
- As I plan on sending out homework assignments and other
information via email, it is important that you check your email
- I expect you to attend class.
- We will be using the computer algebra system Maple. If you
haven't learned to love Maple yet, you will soon. Here is a page with Maple
- Academic misconduct -- cheating, plagarizing, etc. -- is bad. Any
cases of academic misconduct will result in a judicial hearing, as per
pp. 14-15 of the COA handbook. Possible consequences range from
failure of the assignment to expulsion. For more, see the revised statement on academic
integrity passed by the faculty several winters ago.
- A more informal description of the course can be found here.
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