Policy statement for SM212 Differential Equations
Prof. David Joyner
Office: Chauvenet, 3rd floor
office hrs: F3 (math lab), Th4 - others by appt
(eg, during the lunch period)
Assigned homework will be due weekly. Late homework will not
be accepted without an excuse (such as SIR or MO).
All extra credit assignments must be turned in
before the 12 week grades are due. No credit for late
Several computer projects using the free computer algebra system SageMath will be assigned, but you can use Mathematica or Matlab instead if you prefer.
You can also earn extra credit if you watch and take lecture notes for all 23 of the David Maddox MIT videos posted
Differential equations MIT courseware page.
(This is about 23 hours of video. No credit for other DE videos.)
You must turn in two pages per lecture. You can earn up to 3% extra
We will also have quizzes and tests as often as possible,
ideally every few weeks. The tests will be as in the syllabus, or as
close as possible. Quizzes allow calculators and are open notes. The tests and the final are all no calculator.
Make-ups will be allowed for a test if you have a MO or are excused SIR. If you miss the scheduled make-up you will get a 0. No make-ups for quizzes (except in very unusual circumstances,
but if you are on a sport team which travels regularly and let me know in advance the dates you will miss class then I can try to arrange the quizzes on other days).
All make-ups must be completed by COB on the last day of classes.
No assignments will be accepted after the close of business on the last meeting day of the class.
- Grading formulas:
final grade = (.30)F + (.30)T + (.25)Q + (.15)H
period grade = [(.3)T + (.25)Q + (.15)H ]/(.7).
By the end of this course, the student should know
the topics in the
course objective. In particular,
- To provide the standard methods for solving differential equations as well as methods based on the use of matrices or Laplace transforms.
- To demonstrate how differential equations can be useful in solving many types of problems - in particular, to show how to translate problems into the language of differential equations, to find or numerically approximate the solution of the resulting differ- ential equation subject to given conditions, and to interpret the solutions obtained.
- To study Fourier series and solve boundary values problems.
- To develop numerical methods for solving differential equations.
- To help prepare for the mathematics needed in the FE Exam
(Fundamentals of Engineering).
URL for SM212 class webpage: http://www.usna.edu/Users/math/wdj/teaching/differential-equations.php.
(You will find the syllabus, lecture notes, USNA Math tables, old exams, etc,
URL for this webpage: http://www.usna.edu/Users/math/wdj/_files/documents/teach/sm212/sm212_policy.html
Created 8-16-2002, wdj.
Last updated 2017-01-09.