Revised December 10, 2009


Information Sheet

  1. My office is 422 Carver, and the phone number there is 294-8136; I can also be reached via e-mail at E-mail is the easiest way to contact me.  My office hours are 2-4 pm on Monday, 3-4 on Tuesday, and 10 am-12 noon on Wednesday. If you can't make these office hours, either make an appointment or take your chances. I'm usually also in my office between 2 and 4 every day and I have another class (Math 166H) Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 8-8:50 am. Click here for modifications to my regular office hours.
  2. Be sure to purchase all appropriate course material for the course from the bookstore. The textbook is Elementary Differential Equations (sixth edition) by Edwards and Penney.
  3. The course will be graded based on three in-class exams (September 17, October 15, and November 12) of 100 points each, one final exam (time [tentatively scheduled for December 17, 7:30-9:30 am] and place to be announced) of 150 points, and regular homework assignments worth 200 points total.  Grades will be based on your total points out of 650 possible points. Approximate cut-offs are 90% (585 points) = A, 80% (520 points) = B, 70% (455 points) = C, 55% (357 points) = D. Adjustments to this scale (such as plus/minus grades) will be made at the instructor's discretion.
  4. Grades will be posted on WebCT.  You can access WebCT using your net-id (which is the part of your university email address before the @) and password.
  5. Practice exams and solutions will be available a few days before each exam.  Here is practice exam #1.  Here is practice exam #2.  Here is practice test #3.
  6. Here are the answers to practice exam #2.
  7. Here is a practice final exam.  Here are solutions to problems #4 and #6 from the practice final exam.
  8. Solutions to exams will be available online a few days after the exam.
  9. There is a syllabus at the bottom of this page. All of the course material will be covered in the Final Exam.
  10. Homework assignments are on the web at Check this page regularly because there may be changes.  There are two kinds of homework problems listed. Problems labeled “to be handed in” will be graded. Problems labeled "for discussion" should be worked as extra practice if you need any. They will not be graded, but I may use them as source problems for the exams.
  11. Make-up exams are available only in cases of emergency. If you know ahead of time that you will miss an exam, see me to schedule a make-up.  Late homework assignments will be graded when I have time, so your midterm grade may not include all late homework.
  12. If you have a documented disability and anticipate needing accommodations in this course, please make arrangements to meet with me soon. Please request that a Disability Resources staff send a SAAR form verifying your disability and specifying the accommodation you will need.

Syllabus for Math 266

Chapter                                   Dates
1                                  August 25 – September 15

EXAM                                    September 17 (over Chapter 1)
2                                  September 22- October 13

EXAM                        October 15 (over Sections 1.6, 1.7, 1.8, 2.1, 2,2)
5                                  October 20 – November 19

EXAM                        November 12 (over Sections 2.3, 2.4, 2, 5.1, 5.3)
7                                  as time permits

THANKSGIVING BREAK (no class November 24, 26)

REVIEW                    December 8, 10

FINAL EXAM           Tuesday, December 15, 9:45-11:45 am (in the regular classroom)