Course: MAC 2302, Elementary Differential Equations
Time & Place: FALL 2011, MWF - 5th period, 11:45 - 12:35 am; LIT 201
Text: Fundamentals of Differential Equations and Boundary Value Problems, 6th Edition, by R. Kent Nagle, Edward B. Saff and Arthur David Snider
Content: Chapters 1-8
Instructor: Dr. Sergei V. Shabanov
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Office Hours: MW 4:00-5:00 pm; F 10:30-11:30 am in NPB 2180 (if no quiz/exam scheduled) and in LIT 418 (if there is a quiz/exam); otherwise by appointment
Office: LIT 418 (Mathematics), NPB 2180 (Physics)
Office phone number: 392-0281 Ext 251 (Mathematics), 392-8714 (Physics)
Class attendance: No credit for class attendance. You may leave or come any time without asking my permission. However the class attendance is strongly recommended as the material will be presented in the order different from that in the textbook. Also, examples relevant for written class assigments will be discussed along with some of homework problems. A brief description of topics covered in each class meeting will be posted in the homework assingments page.
Homework: Homework problems are not turned in. Some of them are discussed in class. Solving these problems is essential for understanding the course and attaining a good grade. Do homework regularly as it makes nearly a third of your grade (via quizzes). Don't count much on ``catching up later''. This is usually the fastest way to a disastrous grade.
Quizzes: There will be three quizzes given in class on Fridays: September 16; October 21; and December 2. Quiz problems will be taken straight from the homework. No formula sheet, no notes, no book, no any kind of electronic devices are allowed on quizzes. Makeups for missed quizzes only with written medical excuse.
Exams: There will be two midterm exams and a final. The midterm exams are scheduled on Fridays: September 30 and November 11. Exam 1 covers all the topics discussed in class prior to it. Exam 2 covers all the topic discussed after Exam 1. The final exam is cumulative. Regular class meetings will be used for the exams. All exam problems are conceptually the same as the homework problems and/or examples discussed in class. One formula sheet (A4 format) written by yourself, no Xerox, no torn book pages, etc. is allowed on exams. On your formula sheet you may write equations, meditation mantras, Math love poems, that is, anything you feel would help you do your best on exams. Makeups for missed exams only with written medical excuse.
Special accommodation: Students requesting special accommodation for exams must first register with the Dean of Student Office. The Dean of Student Office will provide documentation to the student who must then provide this documentation to me when requesting accommodation.
Grading: Each assignment is graded out of 100 pts (if no extra credit problem is offered). All regular problems are worth the same, that is, each problem gives you 100/N pts, N is the number of problems in the assignment, when solved correctly. There is a small partial credit for incomplete solutions. In your course grade, the quiz average counts 30%, exam average counts 40%, final exam counts 30%
where QA = (Q1+Q2+Q3)/3 is the quiz average, EA = (E1+E2)/2 the exam average, and F the final exam score. The grade thresholds
A: G>85; B+: G>75; B: G>65; C+: G>55; C: G>45; D+: G>35; D: G>30; F: G<30
The thresholds are defined upto a difficulty level adjustment. For example, the actual threshold for a B will be 65+x where -5< x < 5. The adjustment x will be set after Exam 1. Minus grades will not be used. If your score on every assignment exceeds 90 during the semester, you've got an A in your pocket and the final exam is not mandatory. You might still take the final, just for fun, or to get a ranking if you plan to continue your academic career and might need a letter of recommendation form me in future.
Extra credit: One extra non-standard problem in all exams and quizzes, if solved correctly, adds 10-20 pts toward your assignment score. The perfect score can therefore exceed 100 pts when the extra creadit problem is solved.
Student honor code: Zero tolerance to any kind of cheating on written assingments (such as use of any unauthorized written or printed notes, copying solutions from your class mates, and similar). When caught cheating, the course grade is an F, no exception.