Markus Schmidmeier
Mathematical Sciences
Florida Atlantic University

# Differential Equations

Spring 2015

Hi, here is some information about my course Differential Equations (CRN: 13307, MAP 2302-001, 3 credits). We meet Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 10:00 - 10:50 a.m. in PS 112.

Course Description

A differential equation is an equation that defines a relation between a function and its derivatives. In this course we learn how to solve the simplest differential equations by elementary methods.

Course Prerequisites

Calculus II with a minimum grade of C.

Textbook

William E. Boyce and Richard C. DiPrima, Elementary Differential Equations and Boundary Value Problems, 10th edition, Wiley 2012. (Also the book by Boyce and DiPrima titled Elementary Differential Equations is suitable. For both books, there exist earlier edititions which are very similar and which can be purchased either new or used.)

Topics

We will follow the textbook and aim to cover in full or in part the following chapters:
• First Order Differential Equations
• Second Order Linear Equations
• Higher Order Linear Equations
• Systems of First Order Linear Equations
• The Laplace Transform

Excursion

We will explore how computer algebra (Maple) can be used for visualization and solution of Differential Equations.

Tutoring

There is free math tutoring available in the Math Learning Center in GS 211. See MLC for opening hours, appointments for one-to-one tutoring, and online tutoring. For one-to-one tutoring, please e-mail mlc@sci.fau.edu or see the Assistant Director in GS 211E.

Homework

I will assign homework problems every week. The problems will not be graded, but some may show up on a quiz:   Homework problems.

Quizzes

We will have a quiz every Friday of about 25 minutes each; the twelve best quizzes count for 60 % of the grade. No calculators can be used during the quiz.

Extra Credit

You can obtain extra credit counting towards your quiz grade for assignments done on a computer algebra system, for example Maple.

Final Exam

The final exam on Monday, April 27, 7:45 - 10:15 a.m., is comprehensive and will count for 40 % of your grade. Please bring a picture id (Owl card or drivers licence)!

Further Information

For the Disability Policy, the Make-Up Policy, the Code of Academic Integrity, Religious Accommodation, my Grading Scale and Financial Assistance Opportunities please visit Infos for all my courses.

Contact Me

Office hours:  MWRF 2:00 - 2:50 in SE 230.