MATH 23 Differential Equations - Fall 2014

Instructor Olivia Prosper Min Hyung Cho
Class Section 001 (Kemeny 108): MWF 10:00-11:05
Section 002 (Kemeny 108): MWF 1:45-2:50
x-hour Th 12:00-12:50 Th 1:00-1:50
Office 318 Kemeny Hall 315 Kemeny Hall
Email Olivia.F.Prosper at dartmouth dot edu min.h.cho at dartmouth dot edu
Phone 603-646-1614 603-646-9847
Office Hours Mon 2:00-4:00, Th 1:00-2:30 Mon 3:00-5:00, Th 2:00-3:30
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Course Description

Differential equations are equations that relate functions and their higher order (partial) derivatives. They provide a natural language and set of tools through which we can describe and explore the world around us.  For instance, in mathematics and physics differential equations can be used to describe the path that light will travel in exotic geometries. In engineering, differential equations can be used to model how a bridge will twist under stress. In finance, (stochastic) differential equations are used to help price financial derivatives (e.g, options, futures & credit derivatives). In biology, differential equations are used to model tumor growth and the spread of infectious disease.

This course will focus primarily on methods for obtaining exact solutions to various types of differential equations, but (as time permits) we will also explore means of ferreting out qualitative information about solutions based on the form of the differential equation. Topics will include some of the following.


Elementary Differential Equations and Boundary Value Problems (10th Edition) by Boyce & DiPrima, Wiley 2012.


Tutor: Tommy Khoo

Location : Kemeny 108

Time: Tue, Th, Sun 7:00pm-9:00pm


Weekly homework will be assigned every Wednesday and due on following Wednesday 10:00AM. Each assignment will be divided into two parts and it is required that you hand in a separate write-up for each part. You are encouraged to collaborate with classmate, but your final write up must reflect your understanding and you must acknowledge collaborators. No late homework will be accepted.


Final grade will be computed according to the following scheme

Homework 20%
Exam I 20%
Exam II 20%
Final 35%
Participation 5%


Please note that the registrar has determined that Nov. 4, 2014 is the last day to withdraw from a course (Fall 2014 Term Calendar).

Honor Principle

You are encouraged to work together on homework. However, the final writeup should be your own. On exams, all work should be entirely your own; no consultation of other persons, printed works, computing devices, or online works, or online sources is allowed without instructor's explicit permission.

Student with disabilities

Any student with a diagnosed learning disability requiring accommodations should see instructor and Ward Newmeyer (Director of Student Accessibility Services) as early in the term as possible.