Syllabus for Math 386, Section X1, Spring 2007
 Instructor: Richard Laugesen,
laugesen@illinois.edu
 Class meets Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 12:0012:50pm,
245 Altgeld Hall
 Office: 376 Altgeld Hall, tel: 3331329
 Office Hours:
Tuesday 34pm, Thursday 34pm or by email appointment.
 Homework session:
Monday 56pm in Altgeld 141.
 Text:
C. H. Edwards and D. E. Penney,
Differential equations and boundary value problems:
Computing and modeling, 3rd edition.
We cover most of Chapters 1,2,3,4,5 and 9.
This section of Math 386 will have a computer component, using the free
software package Iode.
A couple of times during the semester the class will meet at an EWS lab,
and half the homework assignments will have a computer component.
You do not need any prior computing experience, for this.
Homework 
Due weekly to the tray outside 376 Altgeld 
25% 
Quizzes 
15 minutes each, five times during the semester 
5% 

Tuesday 20 February, in class 
15% 

Tuesday 3 April, in class 
15% 

Tuesday 8 May, 7:0010:00pm 
40% 
Note. The Practice Tests and Exam only cover Chapters 1,2,3,9, and
provide no practice on Chapters 4,5.
You may not use books, notes, or electronic devices during the tests or
exam.
Make up tests will be given only
if you present written evidence, as soon as possible, that you did (or will
have to) miss an exam for a legitimate reason, e.g. illness or family
emergency. Travel and leisure plans are never a
legitimate reason. Late homework will be accepted only if you get an extension
from me.
There is no formula fixed in advance for turning your numerical score
into a letter grade. But after each test, I will indicate approximate
grade ranges, so that you have some idea of how you are doing.
How to Succeed: Always rework your lecture notes before
the next class, checking every step and filling in missing details.
(Allow 1 hour for this.) Read the text as you rework
your notes. The text helps give you the big
picture. Before each class, ask me about the points you didn't follow in the
last class! Go over your HW solutions the day you get them back, debriefing
on your successes and your mistakes. Be happy with the successes, and learn from
the mistakes.