MAT 220 Differential Equations, Spring 2016, MWF 10:00-10:50 am, Noyce 2517

Syllabus

Professor: Jeff Blanchard, Noyce 2516, 269-3304, blanchaj (at) grinnell.edu

Text: Elementary Differential Equations and Boundary Value Problems, 9th Edition by Boyce and DiPrima. It is important and expected that you read the text, especially the examples.

Office Hours:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 9:00-9:50 am, 11:00-11:50 am
Tuesday, Thursday: 9:00-9:30 am
By appointment; please email me to set up a time. See my weekly schedule.

Learning Goals:

The course content is clearly a critical component of Differential Equations. The course also has supplementary learning goals regarding problem solving skills, interacting with technical and quantitative material, and working with peers. The learning goals for this course are:

Homework:

There will be daily homework, due at the beginning of class (excluding exam days). Homework will be posted on Pioneerweb after each class. A subset of the problems will be graded. The lowest three homework scores will be dropped.

Instructions for Preparing your Homework:

The homework must be legible and organized to be graded. Follow these guidelines:

Midterm Exams:

There will be two in-class, midterm exams tentatively scheduled for Friday, February 26 and Friday, April 15. These midterm exams will test the material covered since the previous exam.

Final Exam:

The final exam is scheduled for Wednesday, May 18, 2:00-5:00 pm. The final exam is three hours and will be comprehensive. Do not make arrangements to leave campus prior to the final exam. (Such situations will result in the loss of a letter grade on the final exam.)
Course Grade:
Homework: 15%
Midterm Exams: 50% (25% each)
Final Exam: 35%

Academic Honesty:

Students may collaborate on homework assignments provided they submit their own work and identify their collaborators. The midterm exams and the final exam are closed notes, closed book, and the student may not consult any resource other than a calculator provided in class.

Attendance:

Absences permitted by the college (athletics, performance, religious observation, etc.) must be coordinated prior to the class period in order to make arrangements for the missed homework or exams. This coordination must be done in person prior to the absence.

Accommodations:

If you have specific physical, psychiatric or learning disabilities and require accommodations, please let me know early in the semester so that your learning needs may be appropriately met. You will need to provide documentation of your disability to the Dean for Student Success and Academic Advising, Joyce Stern, located on the third floor of the Joe Rosenfield '25 Center (x3702).

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