Syllabus for Math 386, Section X1, Spring 2007
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.
- Instructor: Richard Laugesen,
- Class meets Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 12:00-12:50pm,
245 Altgeld Hall
- Office: 376 Altgeld Hall, tel: 333-1329
- Office Hours:
Tuesday 3-4pm, Thursday 3-4pm or by email appointment.
- Homework session:
Monday 5-6pm in Altgeld 141.
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.
Note. The Practice Tests and Exam only cover Chapters 1,2,3,9, and
provide no practice on Chapters 4,5.
||Due weekly to the tray outside 376 Altgeld
||15 minutes each, five times during the semester
||Tuesday 20 February, in class
||Tuesday 3 April, in class
||Tuesday 8 May, 7:00-10:00pm
You may not use books, notes, or electronic devices during the tests or
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
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 re-work 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 re-work
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