Math 3740 - Differential Equations and Linear Algebra
Section 115, Control number 15470
Spring Semester 2010
Department of Mathematics
Western Michigan University
Updated January 8, 2010.
Time and location: Class
meets 12 - 12:50 p.m., MTRF, in 3393 Rood Hall. The final exam is
Thursday, April 29, 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Instructor: Jay A. Wood,
6617 Everett Tower, 387-4812, email: jay(dot)wood(at)wmich(dot)edu .
Office hours: 1 - 2 p.m.
M; 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. TR; or by appointment.
Course description (from the
undergraduate catalog): "Slope fields, first order
differential equations and applications,
linear differential equations, numerical methods, solution of systems
of linear algebraic equations, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, systems of
differential equations, and series solutions. The computer algebra
system Maple will be used to explore some of these topics."
Additional course information, with a tentative outline of topics, is
available from the mathematics department at
Prerequisites & Corequisites:
Prerequisite: MATH 2720.
Credits: 4 hours
Textbook: C. Henry
Edwards, David E. Penney, Differential
& Linear Algebra, third edition, Pearson Prentice
department requires a calculator for this course, with a TI-89 (or
higher) recommended. See http://www.wmich.edu/math/Calculators.htm
Homework: Here is the
list of homework
the semester. Due dates will be announced in class (usually
Mondays and Thursdays). Homework will usually
be graded on an attempted/not attempted basis.
Grades: Course grades
will be determined by an accumulation of points from homework (up
to 50 pts), quizzes (up to 50 pts), three in-class exams (up to 300
pts, 100 pts each), and a final exam (up
to 200 pts). That is a total of 600 possible points. I
at least as generous as follows: A-at
least 540; BA-at least 510; B-at least 480; CB- at least 450; C-at
least 420; DC-at least 390; D-at least 360.
Exam dates: Tuesday,
February 2; Thursday, February 25; and Tuesday, March 30---all in
class. Final exam is Thursday, April 29, 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Collaboration: You may
work together on homework and written assigments, but not quizzes or
exams. If you do work together, or if you receive assistance from
someone else, please say so on your paper (e.g., "I worked with Henri
Poincaré on problems 5 and 7, and with Stephen Smale on problems
10 and 15."). Each person is responsible for writing up his/her
own version of the solution.
Accommodation for Disabilities:
student with a documented disability (e.g., physical, learning,
psychiatric, vision, hearing, etc.) who needs to arrange reasonable
accommodations must contact Ms. Beth
Denhartigh at 387-2116 or at email@example.com
at the beginning of the semester. A disability determination must be
made by this office before any accommodations are provided by the
Student Conduct and Academic Honesty (wording
of the WMU Faculty Senate's Professional Concerns Committeee):
"You are responsible
for making yourself aware of and understanding the policies and
the Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogs that pertain to Academic
policies include cheating, fabrication, falsification and forgery,
submission, plagiarism, complicity and computer misuse. [The policies
found at http://catalog.wmich.edu
under Academic Policies, Student Rights and Responsibilities.] If there
reason to believe you have been involved in academic dishonesty, you
referred to the Office of Student Conduct. You will be given the
review the charge(s). If you believe you are not responsible, you will
opportunity for a hearing. You should consult with your instructor if
uncertain about an issue of academic honesty prior to the submission of
assignment or test."
to access the Code of Honor and
policies on such issues as diversity, religious observance, student