Differential Equations & Linear Algebra
Math 374

Instructor: Dr. Kirsty J Eisenhart             Office:  5525 Everett Tower
e-mail: kirsty.eisenhart@wmich.edu                  Phone:  387 - 4529
Mailbox: Everett Tower, 3rd floor (math dept office)

Office Hour:   Monday  3:00-4:00pm   and by appointment

Course Prerequisite:  A satisfactory score on the Math Placement Exam, or a C grade in Multivariable Calculus (Calc 3), Math 272 (or equivalent transfer credits).  Another courses which is not a prerequisites but could be helpful for this course is Elementary Linear Algebra (Math 230).

Text:  Edwards & Penney, Differential Equations & Linear Algebra, Prentice Hall, 2001.

Software:  We will be using Maple 9 extensively throughout the course.

Calculator:   You are required to have a graphing calculator for this course. The TI 85 or higher is needed.  If you already own a graphing calculator other than a Texas Instrument, check with me to see if it will suffice for this course.

Syllabus:   We will cover the majority of the above listed text book.

Assessment:            Projects/readings              200 points
                                         Quizzes                     200 points
                                           Tests                      300 points
                                       Final exam                  300 points
                              Total                1000 points
Grading Scale:

900 -1000
850 - 899
800 - 849
750 - 799
700 - 749
650 - 699
600 - 649
below 600

Homework/quizzes:   Attendance and homework are vitally important to obtaining an understanding of any mathematical material. I will therefore be assigning readings and several problems from each section, and I will quiz you on them weekly. Each quiz will be open notebook and most quizzes will be announced, but if I determine that the homework and/or reading is not being done I will give unannounced quizzes. There will be approximately 10 quizzes each worth 10 points. There will be no make-up quizzes; for the occasional illness, I will drop the lowest 2 quiz scores at the end of the semester(for a total of 200 points).

Tests:   There will be 2 unit tests worth 150 points each (for a total of 300 points). Most of the problems on the unit tests will be similar to or elaborations of homework, presentation, and group work problems. You may wish to practice with the odd problems since the answers to the odd problems of the text are in the back of your book. Also, in terms of practice problems, Chapter 1 has review problems and answers for all of these problems are located in the back of your text. Other questions may test definitions, example problems, and/or class work. If you are unable to attend class on any exam day you must notify me before the exam or a make-up will be denied.  The final is scheduled for Monday, Dec. 8th (5:00-7:00pm) and will be comprehensive test worth 300 points.

Incompletes:   According to University policy, incompletes are given only in those rare instances when extenuating circumstances have prevented a student from completing a small segment of the course. An incomplete is never given as a substitute for a failing grade. The last day a student can process an officially withdrawal from a class to avoid a failing grade is Monday, Oct. 27th.

WMU Policies and ProceduresYou are responsible for making yourself aware of and understanding the policies and procedures in the Undergraduate Catalog (pp. 268-270) that pertain to Academic Integrity. These policies include cheating, fabrication, falsification and forgery, multiple submission, plagiarism, complicity and computer misuse. If there is reason to believe you have been involved in academic dishonesty, you will be referred to the Office of Student Judicial Affairs.