The goal of this course is to serve as an introduction to the subject of Ordinary Differential Equations. Mainly first and
second-order differential equations will be covered. The spring-mass system will be seen with and without damping or
forcing. Growth and decay as well as logistic models will be covered as applications. Also, linear systems in two
dimenstions will be studied and the concept of Phase Plane will be introduced.
A graphing calculator is required.
There will be approximately 12 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.
A 85% and above
B 75% to 84%
C 65% to 74%
D 55% to 64%
F below 55%
Students will write their tests and final exam on provided test forms.
Students are required to show all their calculations on tests.
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. Late homework are not accepted.
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Students who miss more than five lectures will be withdrawn from the course (with a grade of WF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 22, 2012 or with a grade of F if after this date).
The course grade for each student will be the best of the following two evaluations:
Test 1 20%
Test 2 20%
Test 3 20%
Final Exam 35%
Best Test 20%
2nd Best Test 20%
Worst Test 0%
Final Exam 55%