Professor: | Kay Kirkpatrick |
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Office: | Illini Hall 334 |
E-mail: | kkirkpat(at)illinois.edu |
Mondays and Thursdays, 10-12, or by appointment. I am happy to answer your questions in my office anytime, as long as I'm not otherwise engaged. | |
MTWR 12:00-12:50 (156 Henry Admin Building) | |
Text: | Edwards and Penney, Differential Equations with Boundary Value Problems: Computing and Modeling. Fourth Edition. |
Homework policy: | Homework will be assigned twice a week, due on Mondays and Thursdays. I recommend actually doing the homework, since this is the only way to learn the material. Students who do not do the homework are unlikely to do well on the exams. You are encouraged to work together on the homework. Trying to explain the material to other students is an excellent way to learn it. In fact up to three people may submit a single homework, and all will receive the same grade. It is expected, of course, that all students whose names appear on a homework actually worked on it. If you have questions on any homework problems I will be happy to work them in class or during office hours. Homework is due in class on the due date. If you cannot make it to class you should have a friend turn your homework in for you or put it in my mailbox before class. Unexcused late homework will not be graded. I will, however, drop the lowest homework grade. Quizzes will be drawn directly from the homework or from lectures: they should be easy if you've done the homework and looked over your class notes. Again I highly recommend that you do the homework, and that you work together with a friend. I also strongly recommend that you make use of my office hours. It is best if you think about problems first, then come to my office with questions. Almost no one understands mathematics on the first exposure. You must combine the lecture and the textbook with working on homework and going to office hours to maximize your chances of doing well in the class. If you are unable to make my office hours you may come by any time, and I will either help you on the spot (if I am not too busy) or I will arrange a time when we can meet. |
Exam dates: | The midterm exams will be given during one of the usual class periods, and every attempt will be made to schedule them so as to not conflict with other major classes. The first exam is scheduled for September 15th. The others will be October 13th and November 10th, all in lecture. The final exam is scheduled from 7:00-10:00 pm, Friday, December 9. |
Grading scheme: |
Homework worth 75 points (~ 12% of the course grade) Quizzes worth 75 points (~ 12% of the course grade) 3 Midterms at 100 points each (~15% of the course grade each) Final Exam at 200 points (~ 31% of the course grade) The exact numbers will probably vary slightly (no more than a few percent either way). |
Web page: | https://faculty.math.illinois.edu/~kkirkpat/286X1.html |