MATH 2120: Ordinary differential equations I; Fall 2016.

When/where: TBA
Instructor: Theodore Kolokolnikov, Chase building 304,,; Phone: 494-6295.
Office hours: Tuesday and Thursday immediately after class or email.

Homework sets/handouts

  1. HW1, Due Sep 20 | Solutions
  2. HW2, Due Sep 29 | Solutions
  3. HW3, Due Oct 11 | Solutions
  4. HW4, Due Oct 20 | Solutions
  5. Practice midterm
  6. Midterm, in-class, Oct 25
  7. Solutions to the midterm
  8. HW5, Due Nov 3 | Solutions
  9. HW6, Due Nov 17 | Solutions
  10. HW7, Due Nov 29 | Solutions
  11. Homework on Laplace's transform, not to be handed in.
  12. Table of Laplace's transforms. This is the exact table that will be given out during the final exam.
  13. Additional review questions for the course.
  14. A worked-out example of solving an ODE using Laplace's transform (q19 from review sheet).
  15. Final exam takes place Thursday, Dec 08 3:30PM in MCINNES (SUB)

Textbook: Notes on Diffy Qs: Differential Equations for Engineers, by Jiri Lebl, (online and free, there is a link to affordable paperback)

Supplementary notes: We may use these notes on integrating factors.

Outline: We will cover most of chapters 1,2,3 and 8.

Evaluation: The evaluation will consist of homework sets (roughly 2 homeworks per three weeks), an in-class midterm and a final exam. The grade will be calculated based on the maximum of:
30% homework, 20% midterm, 50% final
20% homework, 10% midterm, 70% final
The worst homework grade will be dropped. There will be no makeups of homeworks.

Grade conversion scale scale: [0-50) F, [50-55) D, [55-58) C-, [58-62) C, [62-65) C+, [65,70) B-, [70-75) B, [75-80) B+, [80-85) A-, [85-92) A, [92-100] A+.

Intellectual Honesty and Plagiarism: If you cheat, you will get into lots of trouble; it is not worth it. For the details, please read the section on academic honesty in the student calendar.

Useful/curious links:
  1. Prof. Joel Feldman's notes on applied mathematics including a derivation of Toricelli's law , nonlinear pendulum, other demonstration programs
  2. Hopf bifurcation in glucosis.