Syllabus

Prerequisites: Grade of C- or better in 166 or 166H.

Catalog Description of Math 267 (4 credits): Solution methods for ordinary differential equations. First order equations, linear equations, constant coefficient equations. Eigenvalue methods for systems of first order linear equations. Introduction to stability and phase plane analysis. Laplace transforms and series solutions to ordinary differential equations.

Course Topics:
    Chapter 1.1-1.6: First-Order Differential Equations
    Chapter 2.1-2.3, 2.5: Linear Equations of Higher Order
    Chapter 4.1-4.6: Laplace Transform Methods
    Chapter 3.1: Power Series Methods
    Chapter 5.1-5.7: Linear Systems of Differential Equations
    Chapter 7: We will cover additional topics as time permits (7.1-7.2)

Course Policy: Regular class attendance and participation is required for success in this course. Bring your textbook to each class, silence or trun off all cell phones before classs starts and please arrive on time. Check the course website regularly for announcements and homework assignments. You are responsible for reading and understanding the material in each section as they are studied during the course.

Grading: Grades will be based on homework assignments, four in-class exams and a final exam. The lowest exam score will be dropped.
      100 points Homework assignments (The lowest homework score will be dropped.)
      100 points In-class Exam 1
      100 points In-class Exam 2
      100 points In-class Exam 3
      100 points In-class Exam 4
      200 points Comprehensive Final Exam


Grading Scale:
  90-100%  A,   80-89%  B,   70-79%  C,   51-69%  D,   0-50%  F

Tentative Exam Schedule:
      In-class Exam1: Friday, February 4
      In-class Exam2: Tuesday, March 8
      In-class Exam3: Thursday, April 7
      In-class Exam4: Tuesday, April 26
      Cumulative Final Exam: Carver 282 on Monday, May 2 from 7:30-9:30 a.m.

Homework Assignments: Weekly homework assignments and due dates will be posted on the course website. Homework porblems provide practice applying lecture and text material. Discussion with your classmates is strongly encouraged although you must write up your answers individually. Late assignments will NOT be accepted for ANY reason and must be turned in during class the day they are due. If you have questions on any of the homework problems, feel free to ask me in class or during my office hours.

Make-up Exam Policy: Make-up exams will be given at the discretion of the instructor. If an emergency has caused you to miss an exam, you must contact your instructor within 24 hours to schedule a make-up exam. Such a make-up exam will only be scheduled in the event of an illness, family emergency, or other extreme situation. Furthermore, documentation will be needed to verify that the situation warrants a make-up exam.

Academic Dishonesty
: This course adheres to the policy of academic dishonesty set forth by Iowa State University. The ISU academic honesty policy is printed in the University catalog and available online:
http://www.public.iastate.edu/~catalog/2009-2011/geninfo/dishonesty.html
Specifically cheating will not be tolerated and will result in at least a zero on the homework or exam cheated on and possibly a failing grade in the course.

Help:
If you have any questions, you can get help in:

      - Instructor's office during office hours or by appointment

      - Mathematics help room (Carver 385)
      - Academic Success Center (ASC), 515-294-6624

Disabilities Statement:
If a student has a disability that qualifies under the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and requires accommodations, he/she should contact the Student Disability Resources (SDR) office for information on appropriate policies and procedures. SDR is located on the main floor of the Student Services Building, Room 1076; their phone is 515-294-6624.

Changes to the syllabus:
I do not anticipate any changes to this syllabus. However, if there are changes they will be mentioned both in class and on the course website.


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