Math 341: Differential Equations (Fall 2010) 
 
 


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Welcome to Math 341: Differential Equations 
Instructor:
Ron
Buckmire The official version
of the syllabus is on this page. A
pdf version of the course syllabus
is also available. Make sure to check the course news/announcements page often. Use the navigation bar at the top of each page to access the course materials on this site. Textbook: Differential Equations, Third Edition by Paul Blanchard, Robert L. Devaney and Glen R. Hall, BrooksCole, 2006. Class Goals: By the end of this course you should be able to:
The official Math Department Goals and Outcomes for the course are:
Class Description (and Expectations): This is a first course in the study of differential equations. I will expect familiarity and expertise with the concepts found in Differential and Integral Calculus as well as some recall of material from Multivariable Calculus and Linear Algebra. Differential Equations is a huge, varied and fascinating field of study. I will expect students to come to class prepared so that we can use class time as efficiently as possible to facilitate learning the course material. We will not be able to ``cover" the entire subject, but I should be able to give you a significant introduction to some of the most important topics in the field. Since I am an applied mathematician and this is the first time I am teaching the course in quite awhile, the style of the course will be skewed towards practical application of the material, and not very theoretical in nature. However, this is a 300level math class and I will expect a corresponding level of mathematical rigor and student responsibility. This class entails a lot of work, if you are not prepared for this, you should consider an alternative course. Class Format: As with most professors, I will expect a lot of participation in class and will facilitate this through the use of daily class formats (worksheets), group work, inclass computer exercises, abbreviated lectures and online communication. Mathematics is best learned by doing mathematics, so be prepared to work! Class Policies:
Grades: The final course grade will be composed of the following:
