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SyllabusCourse Title: Differential Equations, M23
Lectures: Kemeny 105, MWF 10:0011:05
Instructor: Erik van Erp
Office: Kemeny, room 308
Office hours: Mon+Tue 11:1512:30, Wed 3:004:00
Phone: 6036469837
Email: erik.van.erp at dartmouth dot edu
Course description
This course is a first introduction to differential equations. A differential equation is an equation that defines a
relation between a function and its derivatives. We learn about different types of differential equations and some of the standard techniques by which
they are solved.
Course prerequisites Calculus of VectorValued Functions (M13) Textbook
Elementary differential equations and boundary value problems, Ninth edition, by William E. Boyce and Richard C. DiPrima.
The textbook comes with a CD (``The ODE Architect Companion") with an interactive software which is useful for
investigating differential equations and their solutions. Topics We will follow the textbook and aim to cover in full or in part the following chapters:
There will be two midterm exams, a final exam, and no quizzes. The midterm exams are scheduled in the evenings from
46pm, with a makeup time from 68pm. MidTerm I: Tuesday, October 20, 46pm. Location: Carpenter 013. MidTerm II: Tuesday, November 10, 46pm. Location: Carpenter 013. Final: Saturday, December 5, 811am. Location: Kemeny 008. Solutions for Midterm I. Solutions for Midterm II.
Homework
Homework will be assigned weekly. Each homework must be submitted next week at the beginning of the class on Friday. Late
homework will not be accepted. .
Grades
Midterm Exams: 25% each
Final Exam: 35%
Homework: 15%
Honors code
Collaboration and discussion of general ideas related to homework problems are
allowed and encouraged. However you must write down all solutions by yourself in your own words; copying is obviously a violation of the honor code. No
collaboration is permitted on exams. Calculators are not permitted on exams.
Free tutorials
Three times a week, on the night before class, Scott LaLonde, a graduate student in
mathematics, will run the tutorials for Math 23. Participation in these tutorials is highly recommended.
Time: Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday, 79 PM. Location: Haldeman 028. Private tutoring
Tutor Clearinghouse may have private oneonone tutors available for Math 23. Tutors
are recruited on the basis that they have done well in the subject, and are trained by the Academic Skills Center. If you receive financial aid, the
College will pay for three hours of tutoring per week. If you would like to have a tutor, please go to 301 Collis and fill out an application.
Religious observance
Some students may wish to take part in religious observances that occur during this academic term. If you have a
religious observance that conflicts with your participation in the course, please meet with me before the end of the second week of the term to
discuss appropriate accommodations.
Students with disabilities
Students with disabilities who will be taking this course and may need disability related classroom accommodations are
encouraged to make an appointment to see their instructor as soon as possible. Also, they should stop by the Academic Skills Center in Collis Center to register for support services.
