Differential Equations

Course Details

Course Number: 3433  Section Number: 101

Fall 2011

Location: Bolin Hall

Classroom Number: 109

Days & Times:

MWF 10:00-10:50am

Course Attachments


Differential Equations 3rd edition.
Authors: P. Blanchard, R. L. Devaney, & G.R. Hall
  ISBN: 0-495-01265-3

MSU Faculty Member
Dr. Guy Bernard   
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Course Objectives


     The goal of this course is to serve as an introduction to the subject of Ordinary Differential Equations. First and

     Second order differential equations will be covered. Linear systems in two dimensions will be studied and the

     concept of Phase Plane will be introduced. The spring-mass system will be seen with and without damping or

     forcing. Laplace Transforms will be shown to resolve linear differential equations.

Course Expectations



      A graphing calculator is required.

     There will be approximately 11 homeworks during the semester.

     Three tests will be given during the semester.

     The (compulsory) final exam will be comprehensive.

     All  tests and the final exam are closed-book tests with the use of the calculator permitted and required.

Grading Standards



Final Exam12/7/2011  10:30am

Submission Format Policy


      Students will write their tests and final exam on provided test forms.

      Students are required to show all their calculations on tests.

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy


        Make-up tests will be given only in exceptional circumstances. Students must make the request for a 

       make-up test several days before the original class-scheduled test.




Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

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Safe Zones Statement The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements


   Students must attend all lectures. Attendance will be verified at the beginning of every lecture.

   Students who miss more than five lectures will be withdrawn from the course (with a grade of WF

   if before October 17, 2011 or with a grade of F if after this date). 

Other Policies



      The course grade for each student will be the best of the following two evaluations:


    Evaluation 1:

                                Homework                           5%

                               Test 1                                  20%

                               Test 2                                  20%

                               Test 3                                  20%

                               Final Exam                         35%


    Evaluation 2:

                             Homework                             5%

                             Best Test                             20%

                             2nd Best Test                     20%

                            Worst  Test                             0%

                            Final Exam                            55%

Writing Proficiency Requirement All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed English 1113 and English 1123 and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at http://academics.mwsu.edu/wpr, or call 397-4131.